Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    NorthWest
    My Bikes
    Trek 1220 & Royce Union single speed
    Posts
    6
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Worth the buy/conversion? - Advice Please

    Hey everyone I am looking for a commuter/light-load touring bike and came across this 1994 TREK 750 Multitrack (21 inch frame) for $200. I am hoping to stay on a budget under $450. I was wondering what everyone thought the costs would be to convert this to more of a road bike, and what important things need replaced (crank/casset/???) I would like drop handle bars and newer shifters. Is this worth the buy or should I keep looking for something else. I am 5'9" 155lb thanks.

    Side Trek 750.jpg handle.jpg front brake.jpg crank.jpg casset.jpg

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    My Bikes
    A few
    Posts
    889
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That looks like a pretty nice bike to me. I can't tell exactly what the components are, but you may end up wanting to upgrade them - including the crankset. Of course you would also need a new stem and bars if you want it converted to drop bars, which will also necessitate new brake levers and shifter levers. It already looks like a road bike in the sense that it is a hybrid and has narrow tires on it. Your costs would depend on exactly what you choose to upgrade, where you get the parts and what you pay for them. You could probably do everything mentioned fro under $450 but close to it buying parts off ebay if you go with old school bar end shifters. I think brifters would take you above your budget and require changes to other drive train parts like the cassette but I am not sure of that.
    Be the person your dog thinks you are.
    T.J.

  3. #3
    Senior Member simplygib's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    My Bikes
    Hard Rock Sport, Peugeot Triathlon, Schwinn Paramount Series 7
    Posts
    671
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks good. Go for it. Probably could ride it as is, or just swap out the items that are the most important to you now and do the rest later, if money is a problem. Check the gearing and saddle, and eventually consider going to v-brakes (easy swap from your cantilevers).

  4. #4
    Senior Member bud16415's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Erie Penna.
    Posts
    1,017
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks like a good deal and is just about what you want. All I would do to that bike would be switch the bars out to trekking bars with a nice wrap. Add fenders and rear and front rack if you want one. And I would put a smaller granny cassette on it and enjoy.
    What's not in your legs needs to be in your gears.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    4,250
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Trekking bars would be cheaper than buying new parts for drop bars. My only concern is if the frame is an ok size. I wouldn't change the crank, only chain and cassette if needed. After that complete overhaul of headset,bb,hubs.

  6. #6
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    633
    Mentioned
    31 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    21" is about a 53.5cm . might just be a bit too small, Im Also 5'9"
    My road bike is a 56, touring 57 is better , less seat post out, top tube longer.

    if the top tube sloped , then that would be a lower seat tube length number
    for the same TT length.

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    NorthWest
    My Bikes
    Trek 1220 & Royce Union single speed
    Posts
    6
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for all the advice, someone got it before I was able to go see it. I am going to keep my eye out for similar options in this price range. The idea of building versus buying has some appeal to it.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Vancouver Island
    Posts
    5
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a 750 multitrack that i bought as a frame and now use as my good weather town bike. I have ~33mm tires on strong 36 spoke rims. The bike would certainly handle light touring loads. BUT, the geometry is not touring bike, it feels like something between a sport road bike and a mtn bike. Nimble, stiff and sporty compared to a touring bike. Good fun to ride around town but not laid back comfort like a good touring bike.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •