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Old 10-16-15, 08:03 AM
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84 Trek 170 build



Some of you might remember my prior post about a month ago when a bought a little rusty, 84 Trek 170 frame- and was thinking of repainting. Well I spent many hours getting rid of the rust and as many hours combining testors paint to get a similar color match. I built up the bike with correct Campy super records parts, Cinelli bar/ stem. The only parts not originally spec'd was the Turbo saddle, Regina freewheel (came with Campagnolo alloy freewheel) and the pedals. ( I do have a set of record pedals, however, I prefer to ride with clipless.) I'm really impressed with how it turned out and I'm glad I didn't repaint. After going on a couple rides, it's apparent this bike was built for racing...she does ride sweet and fast! Now if only Santa would bring me a Campagnolo freewheel for Christmas! Oh, if anyone has an 84 Trek head badge laying around, I sure could use one.
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Old 10-16-15, 09:33 AM
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Looks great, and I'm sure it rides even better.
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Great job!
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Very nicely done. Paint looks great. What are the tires?
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I can't believe you were thinking of repainting it, that came out nice. Looks like the money you saved on a repaint went into some new parts.
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Looks super hot. You did well saving the paint! Hope you ride the heck out of it.

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Have you weighed it?
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Ohhhh, very nice. Original, classic, simple..

There are some bikes that just have to move quick.. I feel that way about the vitus.

Everything looks like it's meant to be. Nice lines, eye-catching color... Good work!
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Originally Posted by miyatalover View Post
Have you weighed it?

I have read that you can weigh a road bike using an everyday bathroom scale but my scale is about the size of a big chainring. How does one go about weighing a bicycle using such simple instrumentation?
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You weigh yourself then weigh yourself holding the bike and subtract first weight from second weight. You can also get it weighed for free at a bike shop, thays what I do.
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Lovely bicycle.
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Very nicely done. Paint looks great. What are the tires?
they are Clement Strada LLG; fairly low cost, look good and ride good
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Have you weighed it?
Not yet...but I'm curious...I'll post it when I weigh it tonight. It does seem a little lighter than my other 531 racing bikes
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I can't believe you were thinking of repainting it, that came out nice. Looks like the money you saved on a repaint went into some new parts.
I always remembered advice I read hear on this forum....before you repaint, build it up, ride it, and give it some time before you make any decisions. Not only was I able to rid the rust, the touch up turned out pretty good. The purple is iconic eighties, it did grow on me. And yes, some of those Super Record parts are not cheap!
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I have a nice head badge from a 78 Trek. It has screws, not glue.
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Very nice job!


You could easily squeeze that bike down into the 19lb range with a good tubular wheelset.

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Originally Posted by abellanti View Post


Some of you might remember my prior post about a month ago when a bought a little rusty, 84 Trek 170 frame- and was thinking of repainting. Well I spent many hours getting rid of the rust and as many hours combining testors paint to get a similar color match. I built up the bike with correct Campy super records parts, Cinelli bar/ stem. The only parts not originally spec'd was the Turbo saddle, Regina freewheel (came with Campagnolo alloy freewheel) and the pedals. ( I do have a set of record pedals, however, I prefer to ride with clipless.) I'm really impressed with how it turned out and I'm glad I didn't repaint. After going on a couple rides, it's apparent this bike was built for racing...she does ride sweet and fast! Now if only Santa would bring me a Campagnolo freewheel for Christmas! Oh, if anyone has an 84 Trek head badge laying around, I sure could use one.
Very nice build. Are you looking for a campy freewheel? I have a 6 speed alloy one. PM me if you are interested.
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That is a REALLY special bike.

Congratulations!
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Wish you had a 78 frame to go with that head badge....been looking for a 76-79 for a while
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The badge is on a bike, but it is a 19" in poor condition. The badge is in good condition and should be the same design as the one your 170 would have had.

The head badge is yours if you want it. PM me.
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The badge is on a bike, but it is a 19" in poor condition. The badge is in good condition and should be the same design as the one your 170 would have had.

The head badge is yours if you want it. PM me.
That would be great...but let me double check the badges..my bike was built in late 83, but was sold as an 84. The badge was changed a little in 84. Not sure it really matters! I'll be in touch, thanks
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That would be great...but let me double check the badges..my bike was built in late 83, but was sold as an 84. The badge was changed a little in 84. Not sure it really matters! I'll be in touch, thanks
IMO- it matters a lot- a 70s badge with screw holes would be wrong.

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The headbadge is an identifier. Search with care. For a 170, it would be worth it to find a donor bike.
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I looked on the vintage Trek website and it appears the badge did change in 84, still brass colored with black, however, different. 83 was the last of the old badges. Time to search CL for an 84+ beater.
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Great bike, great color, nice job!
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