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    88 Trek 850 for Touring?

    I've been looking around for a frame to build up a medium tourer. I may not ever do full camping but don't want to exclude it. So I have looked at lighter options from Soma (ES and doublecross) and some other vendors. BUT, going over my stock of older bikes I realized my 88 Trek 850 might actually be a very good option (and free). I had built it up 9 yrs ago for #1 son who is now off making his fortune in the big city. It is available for re-purposing and fits me quite well (top tube maybe 1cm longer than perfect).

    Anybody have pros or cons about this candidate (88 Trek 850) for a touring build?
    David Green, Naperville, IL USA "The older I get, the better I used to be" --Lee Trevino

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    Slack angles, long chainstays, lugged steel, free. Go for it. Get a shorter stem.

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    I have a Trek 900 of the same year. If your 850 is similar, I think it would make a wonderful tourer. Mine even has front fork rack braze-ons.
    2000 Bianchi Veloce, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '88 Trek 900, '92 Trek T100, 2000 Rans Tailwind

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