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Old 10-31-17, 10:54 PM
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1985 Trek 770 story

So about a month back I was cruising the C&V section of BF and saw a thread about the Greater Chicagoland Falling Leaves Classic Vintage Ride. Love that name btw. Reminds me of Michael Scott's Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure.

Anyway, I figured it would likely have some solid bike porn so decided to kill some time checking it out. Here's a link to the thread.

Inaugural and Likely Only Greater Chicagoland Falling Leaves Classic & Vintage Ride

About 3 or 4 pictures into the gallery of last years ride I came upon a 1985 Trek 770 in what appeared to be really nice shape. I've been infatuated with this particular bike for about 3 or 4 years ever since I came across it in the '85 Trek catalog while researching my Trek 760 of the same year. I mean who wouldn't be, it's Reynolds 531c, Campagnolo Super Record and hot fricken pink for god's sake. I figured what the hell, might as well reach out and see if I could find out who's bike it was. I honestly didn't really even expect a response but within 20 minutes or so @cb400bill had chimed in with 'What, that old girl? She's mine'

I couldn't help but inquire if he would consider selling it but I wasn't holding my breath. To my surprise Bill seemed intrigued. Over the course of the next month, we had lots of back and forth and Bill sent me some more detailed pictures. After learning more about the bike and it's condition we agreed upon a price and Bill had the bike boxed for shipping the next day. This was really happening!!! Money was sent, shipping via Bike Flights was arranged and before I knew it I had a 1985 Trek 770 sitting in my garage. Even though it took a month, it still seemed to all happen really fast and is still a bit surreal.

Although Bill had the bike in really good shape I still took it into my lbs Creekside Bikes in Parker, Colorado to have it looked over. They are a small, high-end luxury bike shop that work on amazing bikes on a daily basis. When I rolled in with the Trek their faces absolutely lit up. It really has been cool to see the reaction this bike elicits from everyone that comes in contact with it.

After a quick truing of the wheels, new Campagnolo cables and housing, new brake pads, and headset tightening and respacing we were ready to rock and roll. Got blessed with a beautiful fall day on Sunday and took her out and stretched the legs. It just rides so tight with everything working in unison with everything else. I've never ridden a Campagnolo Super Record bike before and the way the rear derailleur just effortlessly falls into the next gear with only the slightest touch is really amazing.

I want to thank Bill for understanding my obsession with this bike and for giving me the time of day when he very easily could've told me to go pound sand. He's an incredibly nice and knowledgable guy. We spoke on the phone and have been texting on a regular basis about the Trek and cycling in general. Absolutely top notch guy.

As far as components go the bike is relatively original.

Campagnolo Super Record group (brake levers and hoods are NOS and were added by Bill shortly before I reached out about buying the bike. They've never been ridden)
Reynolds 531c frame/fork/stays - 56cm (Serial # 147833 - built 9/14/84)
Campagnolo dropouts
Trek Investment Cast seat lug and bottom bracket
Investment Cast headtube lugs

Non Original Equipment...
Campagnolo Triomphe brake calipers
3ttt stem and bars
Mavic MA40 rims w/ Specialized hubs and skewers
MKS UR-02 Unique Royal pedals w/ Christophe toe clips
Stronglight headset
San Marco Rolls saddle

Consumables...
Clement Strada LGG 700x25 tires
Fizik leather bar tape
Campagnolo cables/housing

Pics are from our maiden voyage on Sunday
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Beautiful bike. Love that hot pink! Also love how tight the wheels/tires are to the seat tube and down tube. Deliciously close. Glad it happened to you. Hope you enjoy it for many years and miles to come!
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Holy Smokes! What a nice bike. I remember seeing it posted before, fortunately it's in good appreciative hands again.
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Old 11-01-17, 06:23 AM
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"Pick of the litter" IMO.
@cb400bill - what's next?
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@cb400bill - what's next?
Not really sure. Something will pop up, as it always has in the past. In the meantime I still have my Viscount Aerospace Pro and my modern Cannondale to ride. As Matt said, I wasn't looking to sell as I really like the bike. I had put a lot of time and effort in getting it back on the road. It is the best vintage bike that I've ever had.

But, after a number of conversations, his enthusiasm for cycling was obvious. He was very patient as I contemplated what I wanted to do. After thinking it over, I felt that he would be a good custodian for it.
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This bike is the THE classic American racing bike in my mind, truly a grail bike. Nice story and beautiful bike.
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That's the look of a happy man!


Congratulations!


The 1985 Trek 700 Series- Collect 'em all!!!


I've always thought that the 760 'maroon' color (similar to the 720) was badass, but the pink means business.

There was a thread about a guy hunting down the color codes for this bike- for any touch up or anything. I seem to recall his username was Ben or something...
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Thanks to everyone for the kind words. Definitely excited about the new addition and I think Bill nailed it in saying I would be a 'custodian' for the bike because all really well built older steel bikes will probably outlive us if treated well and maintained over the years. I plan to do just that.

I think it's worth noting that the moment I knew this deal was gonna go down was when Bill told me the bike's name was Floyd and that I should buy the 'Dark Side of the Moon' jersey. Absolutely love that and my jersey is on its' way!

@RiddleOfSteel I couldn't agree more about the sexy rubber clearance of this guy. The guys at my lbs are obsessed as well. Is that because of the shorter wheelbase I've read these 700 Series Treks have?

@jpaschall For some reason I have always been a production bike guy. Think it was because of my start with mostly mid to higher level Japanese stuff that performed top notch and had incredibly unique and high quality paint/frame/component combos. You could look at a particular bike and know exactly what year it was made, what the original factory components were and what paint it should have. I have been fortunate enough to buy and sell a lot of beautiful Japanese bikes in the past few years that fit that mold and fueled my desire for better and better production bikes. You're not kidding when you say this is a grail bike

@TheGoldenBoy Wanted to attach a pic of the '85 Trek 760 for you as well. Per the '85 catalog the official paint color is Beaujolais which I discovered after checking with my wife, is a region in France known for their red wine. Made sense to me and made me love it even more. Since I've purchased that bike I've always heard her tell her friends to "find someone who looks at you, the way Matt looks at his bikes." Always thought that was funny...

PS - I couldn't agree more when you say the 760 is badass but the 770 means business!
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A shot from sunday's ride which was the first trip with the new Arundle bottle cages. Held the bottles firm but were easy to get in and out of. I like the lines of them. Your thoughts?
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You've ruined the bike. Send it home.
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Don't listen to him. Send it to me.



In reality I love those cages, have a few myself.
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Those are two beautiful bikes. Great story and great pics!
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A shot from sunday's ride which was the first trip with the new Arundle bottle cages. Held the bottles firm but were easy to get in and out of. I like the lines of them. Your thoughts?

I like the look. You say they hold them firm, but they're easy in and out?

I've always had the classic "blackburn" style cages (Jim Blackburn, King Cage, Planet Bike, REG, generic). I recently got a set of the "Iris" style King cages like these:




They're "OK", but I prefer the "blackburn" type. Or maybe these Iris style just need to be bent through use a little more... Those Arundel cages have a nice profile, and they look plenty "classic" enough.
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Pink bike of year.

Ride the wheels off of it.
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I recently got a set of the "Iris" style King cages like these:




They're "OK", but I prefer the "blackburn" type. Or maybe these Iris style just need to be bent through use a little more... Those Arundel cages have a nice profile, and they look plenty "classic" enough.
The Iris was definitely the other option as I love the look of them. Think I'll test them out on another bike here in the near future. You happen to have a pic of them on the bike? I'm curious as to what they'll look like mounted
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Love the 770. Friend of mine has one, and I tend to like it a lot.
Also have a set of Iris cages, and like them as well. Don't they look out of place at all on a vintage ride.
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The Iris was definitely the other option as I love the look of them. Think I'll test them out on another bike here in the near future. You happen to have a pic of them on the bike? I'm curious as to what they'll look like mounted
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@goldenboy those cages look slick on your Miyata. And what a fine bike it is I might say!
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Somehow I missed this thread. That's a beautiful bike!
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such a gorgeous bike and a good story
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If this doesn't make pink look cool, then I don't know what does... You need a classic maglia rosa jersey for it. Maybe something like this one? https://www.magliamo.be/boutique/jer...merino-jersey/

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