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Got my wife on a vintage Trek- it's not for her!

Old 08-03-16, 01:23 PM
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Got my wife on a vintage Trek- it's not for her!

My buddy gave me an '89 vintage Trek 1200 yard sale find. Another hardly ridden, just needs new tires case.
It has first gen 105 7 speed indexed, Biopace. It's my wife's size and she was interested. Thing is, she was a city rider, used to a flat bar hybrid with disk brakes and a triple.

She liked the Trek was faster, but didn't like the drop bars, relatively squishy brakes, and taking her hands off the bars to shift. All things I take for granted! Well, the bike's a wave off, but the upside is, I have a steel frame in my size I can build up with the parts from it (except the pedals- they suck).
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Hmmm, my partner has a very similar vintage Trek with 105 brakes and levers, and I find that they are the opposite of squishy. The braking at least can probably be improved. Also bar-end shifters are pretty handy.

That being said if it's just not for her it's just not for her, but my GF really enjoys her 1420.
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Old 08-03-16, 01:46 PM
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It took a while for my wife to find a bike she really liked. She ended up with this:
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Old 08-03-16, 02:00 PM
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Put some modern wide Tektro levers (RL340s) on so she can ride on the hoods comfortably + Switch to bar end shifters.

All in all a ~$60-70 upgrade if you find used bar ends and change the cables.

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Old 08-03-16, 04:39 PM
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And? Can you keep up?

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It took a while for my wife to find a bike she really liked. She ended up with this:
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And? Can you keep up?
Maybe in city traffic.
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If she doesn't like taking he hands of the bars to shift the tourney brifters are 7 speed and they have an adjustable reach. I put a pair on a bike for my 12 year old. They have the thumb shifter like the old sora. I paid less than 70 with cables and housing
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Tektro RL-341s for small hands.
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