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Old 01-05-17, 04:10 PM
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Trek 400 decent first road bike?

Just found a vintage Trek 400 for $55 going to look at it tomorrow. Whats your expert opinions on this as a first road bike. I am a long time cyclist mostly Mountain bikes and cruisers but would like to start out with an inexpensive used road bike to see if it something I will enjoy. your input is much appreciated.
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Old 01-05-17, 04:13 PM
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That is a good deal even if it needs overhaul/tuneup-- model is 1990 looks like a 24in so best for riders 6ft or taller. A very solid example of trek's later/final lugged cromo builds and worth buying to keep.
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If the frame is not crashed and the wheels are good, buy it. $55 is a great price on a very solid bike. Even Trek's lower end offerings were very good bikes. I owned one of these and thought it was a nicely made bike. Plus it looks like (hard to tell from the crappy pic) that some of the parts have been upgraded (it may have been modernized bit by the looks of it, certainly the brake levers and perhaps derailleurs as well).
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That's a great bike for the price.

Huge though. Make sure it fits you.
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If it fits ... and is in acceptable shape... buy it. I have a 400 Trek - nice bike.
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Thanks for the quik replies. I am 6'6" so I am hoping it will fit me. The ad says it has new tubes and tires as well as well as the aerobars.
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When the deal is this good, always try to meet with the seller as soon as possible: before they get a better offer!

Good luck!
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That would be the best score of the New Year! Good luck and enjoy!
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A very nice bicycle for the price. Well done.

I have had a couple come my way, over the years, and found them to be very well made and offering decent ride quality(the one pictured was too small for me)...

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The 400's I've seen have "Mangaloy" tubing stickers on them. They're well built & very sturdy bikes. That bike looks like it would be a good fit for a big 6'6" rider.
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The 400 pictured in post #9 featured True Temper double butted frame tubes...

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I ended up purchasing the Trek for $50. However it has some rust on the top tube around the cable guides and in a few other places. So I have been working on stripping it down and sanding it to repaint it. I am thinking about upgrading the derailleur what would be a decent new one to put on this bike thats not to expensive?
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Any of the inexpensive shimano RDs would be a good match for this bike. The Shimano claris 8 speed RD is a darn good RD and will set you back $25 or so clams, https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-RD-24...eur&th=1&psc=1

Edit: if this is a suntour RD, then the shimano will not index properly. No big deal, just set the shifters to friction.

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It has Shimano components on it currently Shimano light action RD and Shimano RSX FD. I like the look of the Claris RD. Should I go ahead and replace FD with the matching Claris part?
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It has Shimano components on it currently Shimano light action RD and Shimano RSX FD. I like the look of the Claris RD. Should I go ahead and replace FD with the matching Claris part?
You can match the 2 if you like. There is no need to but if you like the look, go ahead. I've been impressed by how well the Claris derailleurs shift.

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I wouldn't replace it if the current derailleur works. The current one is meant to work with the indexing of the current down tube shifters.
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Shimano Deore rear derailleurs are one of my favorites for upgrading a drivetrain. Usually found on mountain bikes. But, they work just fine on road bikes too. Especially if you live in a hilly area and want an extended range rear cassette with a 32 tooth big cog.
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I ended up purchasing the Trek for $50.
Great score! Congrats!

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However it has some rust on the top tube around the cable guides and in a few other places. So I have been working on stripping it down and sanding it to repaint it.
The paint Trek put on those bikes is durable, high-quality stuff. Unless you're going to have it professionally painted with similar-quality paint (not cheap rattle can stuff), I'd suggest you're better off treating the rust with something like an oxalic acid bath to remove rust and touch up where necessary.

Oxalic acid baths are cheap, easy, and really effective. WAY easier than stripping and repainting, and the end result is usually much better.

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I am thinking about upgrading the derailleur what would be a decent new one to put on this bike thats not to expensive? It has Shimano components on it currently Shimano light action RD and Shimano RSX FD. I like the look of the Claris RD. Should I go ahead and replace FD with the matching Claris part?
The original Shimano Light Action derailleur on that bike is actually a pretty decent part; certainly no worse than a Claris derailleur (and the original part fits the bike's character better IMO). The independently sprung clamp bolt that was unique to Light Action derailleurs is actually pretty nifty. It allows you to shift while stopped, and the derailleur will make the shift once the bike's in motion.

If you're sticking with the same shifters and cog count, you won't gain anything functionally by upgrading. You could potentially lighten the bike by a few grams by upgrading to a higher-end derailleur. A Shimano 600 tricolor derailleur would be a period-correct upgrade.
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