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Old 12-26-17, 07:16 PM
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My recent find: '85 TREK 660

I saw this "Trek Training Bike" posted on Craigslist for a while, but the price was way, way out there. One day I looked at the ad and saw the price had been reduced dramatically....75% off. It was difficult for me to tell what it was from the poor CL pictures, as I am not versed in the nuances of older Trek features. I spent most of that evening reading threads here (Show Your Trek was a big help) about Treks to learn more about what it was or could be. The next day I called to see if it was still available, it was, so while I was out running shop errands I stopped by the antique type store to check it out. Based on my very limited knowledge and the poor pics, I was expecting to see a 400 series. However, much to my delight, it turned out to be a 660 with Reynolds 531 main triangle tubing! It was super dirty, my size, the price was right, so it came home with me. Vintage Trek (great site!) puts it at a 1985 model, even through the serial number was generated in early November of 1984. The Vetta trainer is either an added bonus or a boat anchor. I haven't decided which yet.
The first challenge was getting the seatpost unstuck. A couple days of spraying it with Kroil and some blunt force "persuasion", it came out quite nicely. I cleaned and greased it, now it's smooth as butter. Fortunately the stem is not frozen in the steerer tube. I gave it a good bath, removed an old triathalon sticker and a business card from an SC bike shop, and it looks a whole heck of a lot better. The little sparkles in the paint look nice too.
I put the wheels from my Panasonic on it, took off the TIME pedals and put my Campagnolo SL pedals on it, adjusted the derailleurs, halfheartedly cleaned the chain, and lubed the chain.
Today I took it for a test run of about 10 miles. Not only a test run for the bike, but a test run for me, as I have not ridden for any significant distance in about 15 years. The 660, along with my Panasonic have got me back into cycling, and I'm looking forward to many more miles ahead!

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Original CL ad (note the typical irrelevant and terrible CL pictures!):




After bringing it home:








Cleaned up and ready to go:


After the first ride. Felt really good to be back on a bike!
That's Biltmore Estate property on the other side of the river. I think that's part of the winery section.
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Old 12-26-17, 07:35 PM
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Thats a great deal! I think you could make a nice work stand out of that trainer. Maybe a simple bench to bring it up to a good height...
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Great score! Classic Trek road racers are gems. I had an ‘85 460 that put me back on the road. Kept that one for 9 years and road a century ride with it. I miss it. Currently I have an ‘86 760 Pro Series with full 531, Campy drivetrain and Mavic tubular wheelset. The frame braze date is very close to your 660 at 12/4/84.

You are going to have some great miles with that bike!
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That's a fantastic bike. They were actually all 531cs, not just the main tubes. My '84 had a crack develop in the head tube and was replaced with an '85 frame, so just like yours with a Campy drivetrain. Enjoy it!
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Thanks for sharing, hope you have many enjoyable miles together!
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano View Post
Thats a great deal! I think you could make a nice work stand out of that trainer. Maybe a simple bench to bring it up to a good height...
That's a great idea, and I can envision how I could clamp the main beam in the jaws of my Workmate bench. Now I'm kicking myself for passing on a Vetta trainer I was offered for free a few weeks ago!
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Congrats, great find! It's funny how sometimes the most obscure listings on CL will yield the best bikes.
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
That's a great idea, and I can envision how I could clamp the main beam in the jaws of my Workmate bench. Now I'm kicking myself for passing on a Vetta trainer I was offered for free a few weeks ago!
Yep. And used just like it is, would be great for wrapping handlebars. Holds them so they won't move.
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Very nice snag!!!
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Fantastic story and a fine "training" bike. I rode my son's red 560 a little bit and really enjoyed it (also red with yellow cables). I'll find a serious TREK race bike of my own one day.
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Thanks for all the comments. I really enjoyed riding it, and am planning on doing some minor component changes to make it better for me.
I still want to go through the headset and maybe the bottom bracket, just because of the unknown factor, and to get some fresh grease in there. That will be a project for further into the winter.
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Thanks for all the comments. I really enjoyed riding it, and am planning on doing some minor component changes to make it better for me.
I still want to go through the headset and maybe the bottom bracket, just because of the unknown factor, and to get some fresh grease in there. That will be a project for further into the winter.
Would probably be worth it to give the derailleurs an overhaul as well while you're at it. Unless that's one of the component upgrades you're planning?
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Yeah, I plan on going through everything and cleaning/lubing.
I gave the derailleurs a few drops of tri-flow on the pivots to help for now. The bike shifts great, but I still want to go through them.
I want to change the shifters. The composite/plastic Ofmega shifters don't inspire confidence. I want to upgrade the cables/sleeves to Jagwire, and get some KoolStop pads for the brakes. So it's that kind of change/upgrade type stuff at this point. I'd also like to find a Sansin/Sunshine front hub and matching Matrix front rim, just to have a matched set.
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Would probably be worth it to give the derailleurs an overhaul as well while you're at it. Unless that's one of the component upgrades you're planning?
The Cyclone derailleurs would be among some of the very best friction derailleurs ever...
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Before you go hunting for another Matrix rim, make sure you can mount your favorite tires on your current matrix. I've had trouble with most tires being very very tight.
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The Cyclone derailleurs would be among some of the very best friction derailleurs ever...
Agreed.
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The Cyclone derailleurs would be among some of the very best friction derailleurs ever...
I concur. My 85 460 had the “S” and was flawless and easy to use.
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Thanks for the Matrix tip Classtime, I'll check it out. I think I'd want one just to get the overall package closer to original, even if I did not use it. There's a 700 x 25 on the one Matrix right now, but when I measured the actual inflated tire diameter, it was only 20mm!

I have no desire to replace the Cyclone derailleurs, and plan to keep them on the bike. I really liked the way they shifted.
I'm actually going to look for period correct shifter levers for them. Anyone have pics of what they should look like?
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Thanks for the Matrix tip Classtime, I'll check it out. I think I'd want one just to get the overall package closer to original, even if I did not use it. There's a 700 x 25 on the one Matrix right now, but when I measured the actual inflated tire diameter, it was only 20mm!

I have no desire to replace the Cyclone derailleurs, and plan to keep them on the bike. I really liked the way they shifted.
I'm actually going to look for period correct shifter levers for them. Anyone have pics of what they should look like?
This is what I found on velobase: http://velobase.com/ViewGroup.aspx?G...b-c724438a7410

And look what I found here...http://shop2.re-cycle.com/product/su...fters-1782.htm

Dunno if ebay has better prices, I didn't check.
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smokin' buy!

Funny too as the included vinti Coke water bottle may fetch a good portion of your initial investment.

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Yeah, I plan on going through everything and cleaning/lubing.
I gave the derailleurs a few drops of tri-flow on the pivots to help for now. The bike shifts great, but I still want to go through them.
I want to change the shifters. The composite/plastic Ofmega shifters don't inspire confidence. I want to upgrade the cables/sleeves to Jagwire, and get some KoolStop pads for the brakes. So it's that kind of change/upgrade type stuff at this point. I'd also like to find a Sansin/Sunshine front hub and matching Matrix front rim, just to have a matched set.
You should eventually replace the big chainring on the crankset to a proper Ofmega Mistral chainring, to get maximum aesthetic effect. The Mistral crankset with its angled spider and big ring design had become quite sought after through the years and now adds value to bikes it is installed on,........
unless the original was something like a Campy SR.....
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This is what I found on velobase: VeloBase.com - View Group

And look what I found here...Suntour Cyclone Downtube Shifters -

Dunno if ebay has better prices, I didn't check.
That's a pretty nice price for them. Those levers were the same as the Superbe Pro levers for that iteration.

IMO- the Sprint shifters are the ones to get.
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Great bike. I just picked one up for 150. The derailieurs were replaced with Shimano Sante and 105 shifters. I'll get some photos up in the Trek thread once it warms up a little bit.
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I congratulate you on your outstanding good fortune! I wish I could find such great deals!
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Great Find! looks in good shape!
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