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Old 11-07-18, 09:39 PM
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Two touring Treks!



520


Cyclone

A while back I lucked into a Miyata 1000LT, a ‘91. THE touring bike! It’s a beautiful machine and a SOLID touring bike. But I wanted the classic floaty ride of a long legged old school tourer.

So I began keeping my eyes open to see what I could find. A Nishiki Cresta GT I wasn’t able to get to fast enough followed by a Trek 520! An ‘84 too! So 45.5cm chain stays, half plus granny triple, Canti brakes, a NICE find! AND states away in Pennsylvania a 620!
The 620 was advertised as a “vintage trek” with lousy pictures from inside a storage unit. I sent an email pleading for him to ship it and not expecting an answer, meanwhile making arrangements to see the 520.
The 520 was straight and true, a bit of superficial rust but easily cleanable. And the long cage Cyclone derailleur just shifts like a dream.

I handed over two Benjamin’s and loaded it into the van. I pulled out the driveway and got about 150 feet down the road and my PHONE RINGS. It’s the 620 seller and he’d be happy to ship it!

So...
Now I’ve got one of each!

I was worried about the 620, not being able to look it over, but my gamble paid off. It’s in even better shape than the 520. Even pulling the kickstand off revealed some paint scuffing but no tube deformation.

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And with the original racks, it looks like?

Boom!
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Nice finds! Sounds like good buys on each, too. I have rebuilt a few of the old 62x Treks and they are fine, fine bikes.
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They represent a bit of an experiment for me, they’re too big. I can straddle the top tube, just barely. I wanted to build a Grant Petersen/French fit touring bike. The 520 will need a shorter stem, for sure. That riser on the 620 may or may not work...
Kinda funny, looks like the 620 rider was a taller rider looking to get the same fit with the stem that I am with the frame!

And that 620 is in REALLY fine shape. It has some road crud on it but it’s been stored inside, dry, and there’s no rust, paint is really pretty under the dirt, it was a FIND.

The 520 is in perfectly-acceptable-nothing-a-clean-up-won’t-take-care-of shape and I feel I got a little better than FMV. They both will need an overhaul.

And I need to liquify some bikes! 😆
If you’re around 5’8”-5’11” and you live around the Chicago area, watch the for sale section this weekend! I’m going to be putting up maybe 4 steeds or so...
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These are beautiful, sir. Well done
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They represent a bit of an experiment for me, they’re too big. I can straddle the top tube, just barely. I wanted to build a Grant Petersen/French fit touring bike. The 520 will need a...
You might need a Bridgestone RB-T. What size do you need? I have a 62cm that I'd consider trading for a 24" Trek.
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Was that 620 in Pittsburgh? If so, I think I reached out to the seller. The pics were terrible.
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Sweet!

Nice way to come home from the honeymoon!!


BTW- be careful while you're cleaning up the 520's derailleurs. The screening/ink used on Suntour's derailleurs of that era comes off if you look at it sort of intently. I brushed on clear nail polish to protect my Cyclone and Mountech logos. I tested it out on some AR derailleurs.
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BTW- be careful while you're cleaning up the 520's derailleurs. The screening/ink used on Suntour's derailleurs of that era comes off if you look at it sort of intently. I brushed on clear nail polish to protect my Cyclone and Mountech logos. I tested it out on some AR derailleurs.
Thank you for this excellent advice!
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Thank you for this excellent advice!



Here's the AR FD, probably a year after doing it- and right after doing my LeTech:






You can sort of see the clear nail polish if the light hits it right- otherwise, it's barely noticeable- much less than flaked off decals...
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I just picked up a Trek with a beautiful Cyclone mkII drivetrain, this should be incredibly useful to keep it that way.
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Was that 620 in Pittsburgh? If so, I think I reached out to the seller. The pics were terrible.

The very same!! Lol!!
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Sweet!

Nice way to come home from the honeymoon!!


BTW- be careful while you're cleaning up the 520's derailleurs. The screening/ink used on Suntour's derailleurs of that era comes off if you look at it sort of intently. I brushed on clear nail polish to protect my Cyclone and Mountech logos. I tested it out on some AR derailleurs.
I’ll be sure to coat them, Thank you!!
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