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Old 08-26-15, 07:40 AM
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Trek 412 Restoration



I was debating over getting a vintage steel bike when I met a buddy of mine for a ride and showed me his 1982 Trek 311. I was shocked with how "light" it was considering it was steel so I decided to search craigslist to see what I could find and came across this 1980 Trek 412. This is the condition I found it in, it was clean accept for some surface rust on the bottom of the chain stays so I decided to do a complete restoration including new paint, decals, and clipless pedals.



Stripped frame ready for blasting



Blasted frame



Raw fork



Clean bottom bracket



Gotta love the braze



American craftsmanship at it's finest



Freshly painted frame by a retired auto body mechanic with 40 years experience



Another shot of the frame and fork in the shade



Deep metallic blue

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Old 08-26-15, 08:18 AM
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All assembled minus the decals and bar tape



Classic non-areo cockpit



Suntour downtube shifters



Love threaded headsets



Original headbadge



Friction shifting



Polished crankset



Final assembly with decals thanks to velocals.com



Close up of the decals



Named for my daughter
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You did a really good looking job. There is a lot of love on this site for vintage Treks. They are some of my favorite bikes.

I am a little surprised that the bike lacks top tube cable guides as those are pretty common on most of the vintage Treks I've seen and owned.

You did a neat job with the plastic cable guides but the bike would look sharper if you tracked down 3 stainless steel top tube cable guides. If there is a shop in your area that has been around for a few years, it probably has some stashed away if you ask.

Here are some on Amazon but they seem somewhat overpriced, https://www.amazon.com/CABLE-GUIDE-DI.../dp/B0047MKSGS

https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-Stainle.../dp/B0064HLZMA

I currently have 2 vintage Treks in my build queue and hope to have 3 by the end of the day!
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nicely done, i was a little worried when you stripped it, i didn't think the paint was that bad, but you did it justice. Very good job..I agree with the stainless cable guides... i have an 82 412 and i love her.. just don't seem to ride her enough..

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You did a really good looking job. There is a lot of love on this site for vintage Treks. They are some of my favorite bikes.

I am a little surprised that the bike lacks top tube cable guides as those are pretty common on most of the vintage Treks I've seen and owned.

You did a neat job with the plastic cable guides but the bike would look sharper if you tracked down 3 stainless steel top tube cable guides. If there is a shop in your area that has been around for a few years, it probably has some stashed away if you ask.

Here are some on Amazon but they seem somewhat overpriced, https://www.amazon.com/CABLE-GUIDE-DI.../dp/B0047MKSGS

https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-Stainle.../dp/B0064HLZMA

I currently have 2 vintage Treks in my build queue and hope to have 3 by the end of the day!

Thanks I will do just that, and I also want to build up a set of wheels using the velo orange hubs Grand Cru High Flange Freewheel Rear Hub 126mm - Hubs - Wheels, Rims, Hubs & Accessories - Components and throw some gum walls back on with the new wheels. And velo orange also carries dia-compe cable guides https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ing-clips.html

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Old 08-26-15, 10:13 AM
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nicely done, i was a little worried when you stripped it, i didn't think the paint was that bad, but you did it justice. Very good job..I agree with the stainless cable guides... i have an 82 412 and i love her.. just don't seem to ride her enough..

NICE ride. The main reason why I stripped it was surface rust appearing on the bottom of the chain stays. Didn't want it to get worse.
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Originally Posted by drock79
NICE ride. The main reason why I stripped it was surface rust appearing on the bottom of the chain stays. Didn't want it to get worse.
A little surface rust on a bike doesn't get worse unless it's stored outdoors in the rain. Your new paint probably won't be as durable as the original Imron, and I always think it's a shame to lose the original decals. But that said, nice job! I would love to find a similar Trek in my size someday.
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Looks great! You did a terrific job restoring the frame and building up the bike.
Congrats!
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Beautiful paint and decals!
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my '80 414 didn't have brazed top tube guides either.
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Originally Posted by drock79


I was debating over getting a vintage steel bike when I met a buddy of mine for a ride and showed me his 1982 Trek 311. I was shocked with how "light" it was considering it was steel so I decided to search craigslist to see what I could find and came across this 1980 Trek 412. This is the condition I found it in, it was clean accept for some surface rust on the bottom of the chain stays so I decided to do a complete restoration including new paint, decals, and clipless pedals.
Wow, that brings back some memories. It looks exactly like the 1980 Trek 412 that I bought in 1980! The only difference was that mine had a crappier version of the SR Apex crank - the large chainwheel was not replaceable. And mine was a 21".

Mine didn't look like that for long though - I had to start "upgrading".

It's crazy that the bike still has the plastic top tube cable clips. That is how the bike was spec'd. VERY low miles on that bike, I'm guessing. Fantastic job on the repaint and rebuild.
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Originally Posted by drock79
Thanks I will do just that, and I also want to build up a set of wheels using the velo orange hubs Grand Cru High Flange Freewheel Rear Hub 126mm - Hubs - Wheels, Rims, Hubs & Accessories - Components and throw some gum walls back on with the new wheels. And velo orange also carries dia-compe cable guides Dia Compe Cable Housing Clips - Parts - Brakes & Parts - Components
The restoration looks marvelous. What paint did you use (brand and type)?
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DuPont, the painter had a navy metallic and a royal metallic he mixed together.
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