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Trek 957 Retro Roadie w/ Athena 11-speed

Old 01-16-16, 02:08 PM
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Trek 957 Retro Roadie w/ Athena 11-speed

All done! Now I'll have to wait a couple months to ride it :-(















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That is a very attractive bicycle.
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Wow, beautiful bike! Doesn't get much more cherry that! I really like how you did the decals w/ the metallic Blue background. What are you using for wheels they're pretty.
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Originally Posted by winchestertonfi
Wow, beautiful bike! Doesn't get much more cherry that! I really like how you did the decals w/ the metallic Blue background. What are you using for wheels they're pretty.
I decided not to be too much of a snob with a couple Asian components (Japanese Nitto stem and China-made H Plus Son rims). The rims are debadged polished silver H Plus Son Archetype. I considered the more traditional box section H Plus Son TB14s but decided I liked the look of the Archetype.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
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Also thanks JohnDThompson for the original yellow "United States of America" bands
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That's the perfect modern group for a vintage frame.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass
That's the perfect modern group for a vintage frame.
Polished silver groupsets are disappearing, and given the labor involved I wouldn't be surprised if Campagnolo eventually drops them too.
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Perfect for the Dairyland Dare.
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That is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful, without too much "top shelf" snobbery (not that there's anything wrong with that either). Nice work, and a great inspiration!
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Perfect for the Dairyland Dare.
:-) Are retro roadies allowed for the DD C&V wave?

My biggest concern with buying this groupset (versus the Shimano Ultegra 11-speed) is that the cassette is 12-29t. Whereas Shimano can comfortably run a 32t in the back! (And believe me I need all the help I can get). Now Campagnolo and Shimano 11-speed are now pretty much interchangeable in terms of cog spacing. My plan....if desparate...was to swap out the rear wheel with a 32t. But I don't think it will work since there is pretty much no slack in the derailleur takeup capacity. I'd have to switch derailleurs too!

Oh well, guess I'll try to lose 15 pounds instead :-P I did the Horribly Hilly last year with this frame, but I was using a triple.
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Very nice bike.

I was a retro roadie hanging out in the C&V crowd last time around. More props go to those without brifters, but the company is still great and you're still welcome to join (if I may speak for our ring-leader).

And a 34/29 is plenty for the DD. There is a point where lower gearing isn't getting you anything, even if you're gassed.

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Beautiful bike and build, the only thing I'd do different is lace those hubs into a set of original sized rims while waiting for good weather; that rear wheel seat-tube clearance is pretty nasty
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Gorgeous! I'll be happy if my latest build comes out 1/2 as good!
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Originally Posted by burnfingers
Beautiful bike and build, the only thing I'd do different is lace those hubs into a set of original sized rims while waiting for good weather; that rear wheel seat-tube clearance is pretty nasty
The frame was built for 700cc rims and that's what I'm running. Yeah, the clearance is really tight. 6.75mm of clearance between the seat tube and the inflated tire. That's the way the frame is. The closest point is actually the derailleur clamp where the clearance is only about 3mm. This is why I went with the braze-on adapter rather than buying the 31.6mm clamp-on version of the front derailleur. I could grind down the clamp a bit to get me back another mm, but I don't think it is necessary.
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Great build! And a great example of how a vintage bike can handle modern components very well.
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That is seriously gorgeous. Did you post this in the retro roadies thread? Also was this a repaint?
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Originally Posted by greg3rd48
That is seriously gorgeous. Did you post this in the retro roadies thread? Also was this a repaint?
Yes, its a repaint which doesn't bother me a bit. Same Dupont Imron paint as originally used. In 10 years you won't know whether it was painted in 1982 or in 2015 :-)

Besides, the guy I bought it from already defiled the original paint with some pink/salmon color.

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Yes, its a repaint which doesn't bother me a bit. Same Dupont Imron paint as originally used. In 10 years you won't know whether it was painted in 1982 or in 2015 :-)

Besides, the guy I bought it from already defiled the original paint with some pink/salmon color.

Notice that in order to keep the fit the same, I had to go with different handlebars with a really really short reach because modern hoods extend the reach significantly compared to vintage non-aero Campy levers. I don't think you can find bars much more compact than the Civia Emerson bars I'm now using! I also went with an 80mm Nitto stem (since I already had one) instead of the 90mm Cinelli stem. Still I'd say the reach is similar or ever so slightly longer than before.

The Campagnolo Super Record group (minus the triplizer and long-cage derailleur to accomodate the triplizer) has moved to my Gios Torino frame, which now becomes my true C&V bike.
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The word "elegant' comes to mind. Which is usually not the case for me when I'm looking at anything wearing brifters.

Like everyone else here I might have done a few details differently, But... 'Wow!" (That's the other word that come to mind.)
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Who cares if it is a repaint? It is your bike and besides you did an incredible job.
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Very nice. But what's stopping you from riding it now? Don't people in your part of the world say there's no bad weather, only bad clothing?
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Looks great! I had one of these that I had built from the employee auction back in the early 80's. I didn't have much bidding competition since I rode bigger size frames. Did you respace the rear triangle yourself for wider hub or did you have a shop do that?
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Originally Posted by Paul J
Looks great! I had one of these that I had built from the employee auction back in the early 80's. I didn't have much bidding competition since I rode bigger size frames. Did you respace the rear triangle yourself for wider hub or did you have a shop do that?
I had the shop (Yellow Jersey) repaint and respace the frame.


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Very nice. But what's stopping you from riding it now? Don't people in your part of the world say there's no bad weather, only bad clothing?
Ha! Well what's stopping me on this particular bike is the ice patches and the road salt. I am a veteran of winter riding and that's what my Surly LHT is for. Here was a ride a couple years ago where I learned that snow can surprisingly lock up a wheel. You know what else can lock up a wheel? Frozen grease inside a hub! (squirting 5w30 in a hub will loosen it up)



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Absolutely beautiful, may I suggest a bit of nylon tubing on the cable guides at the top of the bottom bracket, not only does this protect the guide but it makes shifting that much smoother.

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