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Another 80s Trek... (1983 720)!!






picked up a pretty nice commuter, heres a couple quick snaps.

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Should be sweet with some cleanup & service. What RD is that? I've never seen the "For Half Step" decal on the FD, either.
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Very Nice, awesome commuter bike. Non-period RD stands out a bit, but very functional I bet.
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I have those same panniers, heavily faded, and awaiting a tourer.
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I need that front derailleur to complete the restoration on a 1985 Miyata 1000.
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This has been a grail search for a while, and Im stoked to have found it!
Its been heavily altered from stock, but its very functional. The stem is a technomic but its got plenty of room in the steering tube and I can drop it so it doesnt look weird.

The PO said the RD came from the Rivendell sight but doesnt recall what it is...

rides real nice, needs a bath!

This is marks an official break from accumulating, Ive got more bike than I could ever need and its back to the downsizing for me! Then Ill be cleaning and finalizing the keepers.

Im excited! Feels like a page turned.
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This is marks an official break from accumulating, Ive got more bike than I could ever need and its back to the downsizing for me! Then Ill be cleaning and finalizing the keepers.

Im excited! Feels like a page turned.
I feel ya! Im finding myself in a similar place, with similar needs right now! Steadfast, simple, and focused... make it happen.

Your 720 is an excellent bike to punctuate your stated intentions with btw
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The rear derailleur is a Microshift M45, a mountain mech listed for 6, 7, 8 speeds. It has good range — max sprocket of 34, tooth capacity of 45. I’ve been researching the company lately for a couple of builds.
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Very nice find, for just "Another 80's Trek". It should clean up rather nicely. The dirt and grime disguise that beautiful Dark Pewter Dupont Imron paint! My 720 turned out nicely after a good cleaning and tear down. Enjoy.
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+1; the RD and pedals are a bit sore-thumb. Other mods are quite tasteful and seem to "work". Seems like everybody and his uncle had those Cannondale panniers BITD; nice to see one looking so fresh here in "the future". And indeed, a perfect "N+0" bike. Enjoy!
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The rear derailleur is a Microshift M45, a mountain mech listed for 6, 7, 8 speeds. It has good range max sprocket of 34, tooth capacity of 45. Ive been researching the company lately for a couple of builds.
Thank you for the sleuthing! Its pretty anachronistic but I cant complain about functionality. I suppose Ill have to scratch around for a deer head RD, and maybe put this one on my Miyata. It would fit a lot better in that ride.


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Very nice find, for just "Another 80's Trek". It should clean up rather nicely. The dirt and grime disguise that beautiful Dark Pewter Dupont Imron paint! My 720 turned out nicely after a good cleaning and tear down. Enjoy.
Yeah, I was being flip... I finally took it work today and its just awesome.

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+1; the RD and pedals are a bit sore-thumb. Other mods are quite tasteful and seem to "work". Seems like everybody and his uncle had those Cannondale panniers BITD; nice to see one looking so fresh here in "the future". And indeed, a perfect "N+0" bike. Enjoy!
I periodically search EBay for them, and have a few sets in pretty nice condition. Ill probably keep at it till I can cobble a matched set together. I have a set of blue panniers, red low riders, a grey bar bag, and gray trunk bag. I gave a set of gray panniers to a friend after I helped him get his Fuji... something... maybe it was a Sagres, back in the road.

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+1; the RD and pedals are a bit sore-thumb. Other mods are quite tasteful and seem to "work". Seems like everybody and his uncle had those Cannondale panniers BITD; nice to see one looking so fresh here in "the future". And indeed, a perfect "N+0" bike. Enjoy!


I cant believe I forgot this! The seller included the original RD, pedals, and stem!
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Congratulations on joining the Trek 720 Club!!!

These are really special bikes. These are the bikes that just glide along- the proverbial 1972 Cadillac Eldorado ride!

I wouldn’t care too much about having a lot of the parts swapped out- I’d be replacing most of everything on there!

But the pedals... the pedals are golden!!! Best platform touring pedals evAr!
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Congratulations on joining the Trek 720 Club!!!

These are really special bikes. These are the bikes that just glide along- the proverbial 1972 Cadillac Eldorado ride!

I wouldnt care too much about having a lot of the parts swapped out- Id be replacing most of everything on there!

But the pedals... the pedals are golden!!! Best platform touring pedals evAr!
YES! When do my patch and decoder ring come in the mail!

I was looking up these bikes and now that Ive got one... I keep doing it! But I found something interesting. Looks like the wheelbase is a cm longer on the 82 and 83 frame than on the later version with fastback stays?

Looks like there were really only 2 720 frames, the 82 frame, with added cantis in 83, and then the 84 frame, with new paint in 85. Is that about right? And the 84 had 531st main triangle and 531c fork and stays?

Is that about right?
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Congratulations - a really sweet ride!
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Magical and Elusive!

Was this a CL find?

Congrats. and have fun!
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Ive had a few treks pass through my hands but never a 720. It would stay.
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YES! When do my patch and decoder ring come in the mail!

I was looking up these bikes and now that Ive got one... I keep doing it! But I found something interesting. Looks like the wheelbase is a cm longer on the 82 and 83 frame than on the later version with fastback stays?

Looks like there were really only 2 720 frames, the 82 frame, with added cantis in 83, and then the 84 frame, with new paint in 85. Is that about right? And the 84 had 531st main triangle and 531c fork and stays?

Is that about right?
That's really interesting...

The 84 and 85 are the same bike. Or, there were no 85s, just left over 84s with 85 graphics... The catalog does show 531ST frame with 531C stays and fork for 84, but a 531C frame fork and stays for 85.

Effectively, that would make the 84 bike a touch more burly- as there's only differences in the tube thickness. But if the 85s are all 84s- they're all made with ST frames, not the C frame that's on the Reynolds decal...
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Magical and Elusive!

Was this a CL find?

Congrats. and have fun!
eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II


It was this ad, drove almost 3 hours for it, each way! But it was certainly worth the drive.

Edit: IT WAS YOU!!!
Lol! I waited at least a week before contacticting this seller! I kept hoping it would be gone so it would stop tempting me!

I absolutely owe you a frosty beverage or 12 if I ever bump into you in person!

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eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II


It was this ad, drove almost 3 hours for it, each way! But it was certainly worth the drive.

Edit: IT WAS YOU!!!
Lol! I waited at least a week before contacticting this seller! I kept hoping it would be gone so it would stop tempting me!

I absolutely owe you a frosty beverage or 12 if I ever bump into you in person!
Glad that I could help a fellow BF member find and preserve a true classic!
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Very nice bike!! I have it on my Grail list. The 83 is the best. I prefer them over the new style lugs that they used in later models. There was nothing that could compete with that bicycle in the 80s. Sure the specialized Sequoia and the Miyata 1000 were great. They were stiffer frames, however the 720 had the most comfort. Long wheelbase and laid back head angle along with Reynolds tubes made the perfect combo. Im keeping my eyes open for one in a 24 inch frame. Hard to find in the condition I prefer but one will turn up.

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Very nice bike!! I have it on my Grail list. The 83 is the best. I prefer them over the new style lugs that they used in later models. There was nothing that could compete with that bicycle in the 80s. Sure the specialized Sequoia and the Miyata 1000 were great. They were stiffer frames, however the 720 had the most comfort. Long wheelbase and laid back head angle along with Reynolds tubes made the perfect combo. Im keeping my eyes open for one in a 24 inch frame. Hard to find in the condition I prefer but one will turn up.

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Here's a 1985 Trek 620 - same geometry as the '85 720 (I think), 531 steel - 58cm.- Clevland, OH

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Very nice bike!! I have it on my Grail list. The 83 is the best. I prefer them over the new style lugs that they used in later models. There was nothing that could compete with that bicycle in the 80s. Sure the specialized Sequoia and the Miyata 1000 were great. They were stiffer frames, however the 720 had the most comfort. Long wheelbase and laid back head angle along with Reynolds tubes made the perfect combo. Im keeping my eyes open for one in a 24 inch frame. Hard to find in the condition I prefer but one will turn up.

Enjoy.
There is currently an 85 frame on eBay in the 24 size, it is an 85 and its spendy, but as far as I know thats it for 24 720s at the current moment.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Immaculate-...app-cvip-panel

Man! It KILLS me when theres a frame for sale, and they show the whole bike. Like, if its a picture of the frame I can pretend they bought it that way, but to see all the bike complete knowing its getting parted out... well it just sucks.
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There is currently an 85 frame on eBay in the 24 size, it is an 85 and its spendy, but as far as I know thats it for 24 720s at the current moment.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Immaculate-...app-cvip-panel

Man! It KILLS me when theres a frame for sale, and they show the whole bike. Like, if its a picture of the frame I can pretend they bought it that way, but to see all the bike complete knowing its getting parted out... well it just sucks.
Ha, in Long Beach too! I learned the hard way that bike theft there is pretty bad. Im sure my 720 got parted out too but I recovered the frame over a year later because of bikeindex.
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