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Old 09-02-21, 09:36 PM
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Trek T200, 1996

You'll normally find me in the C&V forums figuring out how to revive an old bike of some sort, but today's purchase feels like it belongs here, instead. I have a lot to learn about tandems, so I trust this is the right place. Tonight, I agreed to purchase this bike: at less than the asking price, so its hard to see how I could go too wrong on it. I know it's a 1996 from the Sachs brifters. It'll be delivered tomorrow afternoon, and I am super excited about this new project in a year when project bikes usually come at a premium.

I'm not even married, so a tandem feels particularly ridiculous, but I do have a stoker lined up for an event that concides with my HS reunion on September 18 near Tulsa. So, really, my goal here is to enjoy the somewhat rushed project of getting this bike ready to go 64 miles with inexperienced tandem riders in two weeks. After that, it's worth more than I paid, so I'll see what happens.

I have reviewed the 1996 brochure and technical guide, and there are a couple of things I'm concerned about. I suspect y'all will find more:

The hubs are Hope, which seems to have been a replacement? They do not say "tandem" on them, but look beefy enough. The rear hub has a threaded area outside the non-drive side - what is that? And the left Sachs brifter seemed pretty wonky. Chains look good and shifter cables felt fine on cursory solo trip around the block. The seller put Conti Super Sport 28mm tires on there, but I'll probably use something else - I have some extra 28mm Gatorskins that might be a good match, and it looks like wider tires would fit fine.

Otherwise, it looks like a winner of a bike to me, especially at this price, and I know it will be beautiful when I've got it ready to roll.

I'll have it tomorrow afternoon, so more pics are coming this weekend.

Finally, how does one transport a beast like this to the starting line? I have a Prius, and I'm not sure how on earth that's going to work!
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