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Time Capule Custom Trek TX500 Loaded Tourer

Old 01-10-19, 08:30 AM
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Time Capule Custom Trek TX500 Loaded Tourer

I went to view this bike last night and ended up purchasing it . Trek disease is a horrible affliction from which I suffer ....

The seller and original owner of this bike built it up in the 1980's to tour the country on. Its a mix of parts he chose and described to me in detail .

According to the owner :

Trek TX500 21 inch frame , the original fork was removed and a Cannondale Pepperoni fork was installed .
Suntour bar cons , 7 speed freewheel and Suntour rear derailleur . which he shifted in friction mode not indexed ....
Shimano Deore Front derailleur , Sugino AT triple and Sugino Bottom bracket
Sakae Grand Randonneur bars and 25.4 stem
front and rear racks with some Blackburn low-rider pannier mounts. A well used set of Voyager panniers ( not pictured ) and a well used Cannondale handlebar bag with bike bum buttons circa 1980's .
Brooks Professional saddle ( currently removed and in the house ) and a LaParade seat post
700 C wheels Phil Wood 40 hole front and rear laced to some Nashbar anodized rims with very little wear on the brake tracks, Specialized 700x35 Expedition tires that look exception for their age.
the Bike was caliper brake bike originally and retains the sidepull brake on the rear with a cantilever brake up front on the Pepperoni fork.

I've never seen a build quite like it but it appears to be very functional and in pretty decent shape, the owner said he parked it after touring extensively during the 1980's . I will probably strip it down in the near future and do a rebuild. My only immediate task for this bike will be to find the proper fork for the bike . I am sure the pepperoni fork was a purely functional upgrade , quite frankly its ugly and I would rather have the proper fork or at least a more proper fork installed on the frame.

This bike has a lot of dust and grime from having sat since 1990 according to the owner, but its in really nice shape , the old tires don't appear dry rotted but at the same time I would not trust them to ride based solely on their age.







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Old 01-10-19, 09:12 AM
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That’s a nice, well thought out build. I’d be really tempted to go through it but pretty much leave the basic setup as-is if you plan on touring with it. Nice find!
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Ace. Waiting for @The Golden Boy to weigh in.
Something tells me he'd be interested.
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That Lil' Mule is built to roll around the globe!
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I kind of like the fork swap. I know it isnt cool looking but the whole setup is so damn useful!
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
I kind of like the fork swap. I know it isnt cool looking but the whole setup is so damn useful!

I agree everything about the bike screams function over form . I have kinda been shocked to find there is apparently a following of some sort for early 1 inch Pepperoni forks . Hopefully in the near future after Iíve located a proper or more proper fork , I can find the Pepperoni fork a good home
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Very well setup. Good for many, many miles and a nuclear attack, which in my opinion is how a touring bike should be set up.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Ace. Waiting for @The Golden Boy to weigh in.
Something tells me he'd be interested.
I think the TX bikes are special. To me, that's the geometry that built Trek- all Treks were built with that geometry with the exception of the TX900.

However, check the SN on that bike- but that is an early 80s decal on the seat tube, and I don't see a screw on the head badge. I don't *know* this, but I find it interesting that the buyer would opt for a TX500 but spring for brazed on TT cable guides.

Also, those non-fluted SR Laprade seat posts are few and far between...

Congratulations on a sweet bike!
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Yeah, I kinda want to hate on the fork swap, too, but I can't. The bike is a mule, after all, not a thoroughbred. It's great the way it is; load it up and go!
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