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Two Vintage Trek in 7 days

Old 10-28-20, 09:40 PM
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Two Vintage Trek in 7 days

Last week I bought a 1991 Trek 990 as a winter project. While looking for a decent set of used tires on local online listings, I came across a bike that piqued my interest. It was listed as a 70/80ís Trek mountain bike, but from the pictures all I could see was an old bike with RRB Cycles logoís on the frame and forks. I figured it was worth checking out.

When I got there I did notice that it was a Trek and that the serial number dates to 1983. Due to the large the spacing for the wheels and a little research, I realized that it is a 1983 Trek 850 mountain bike. The bike was the sellerís fatherís bike, who was originally from Chicago, but no one in his family rode bicycles. His father had passed a few years ago, so it was time to sell it.

I didnít need another bike, but since this one seems mostly original, minus the seat, wheels and grips and it has some cool historical significance, I decided I needed to rescue it.

Iím curious as to why and old Trek would be repainted and littered with RRB Cycles logo. Any ideas?


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Old 10-29-20, 07:38 AM
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Nice; those are the longest chainstays I have ever seen.
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Sad dressings for many a commuter’s bikes? The constant threat of bike theft.
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Nice vintage mountain bike. They can and do take quite a thrashing.
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Stretch that Deerhead gear!
It's a real beauty, XC Pro pedals and the pump behind the seat tube looks great.

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Ron Boi (RRB Cycles) was a north Chicago frame builder and painter. The owner probably wanted it repainted and it looked pretty plain with no decals and getting Trek decals might have been a problem (or at least somewhat of a bother). Didn't Ron close his shop a few years ago?
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deerhead alone was worth the price of admission.
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Two vintage Trek in seven days
I approve of the plural use of Trek here, like deer or fish. With the approval of the board, we can make the appropriate change in the c&v dictionary.
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Originally Posted by Doug Fattic View Post
Ron Boi (RRB Cycles) was a north Chicago frame builder and painter. The owner probably wanted it repainted and it looked pretty plain with no decals and getting Trek decals might have been a problem (or at least somewhat of a bother). Didn't Ron close his shop a few years ago?
RRB closed their Kenilworth shop in December 2019 after closing their Lake Geneva location a couple years earlier. Ron (Ron R Boi) and Wally may still be doing frame repairs.
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I approve of the plural use of Trek here, like deer or fish. With the approval of the board, we can make the appropriate change in the c&v dictionary.
Don't forget the proper use of the word "piqued."
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... and the pump behind the seat tube looks great.
Pump? Shoot, you could fit a compressor behind that seat tube.

To the OP - have you looked up the serial number on vintage-trek yet?
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The ealy ones with lugged frame and fork crown are hard to find. Nice score!
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Pump? Shoot, you could fit a compressor behind that seat tube.

To the OP - have you looked up the serial number on vintage-trek yet?
Maybe an e-assist motor in that geometry could attract some of us aging rigid fans when their/our tanks go empty. Someday soon.
Sacrilege, I know.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Pump? Shoot, you could fit a compressor behind that seat tube.

To the OP - have you looked up the serial number on vintage-trek yet?
I have. It is 10XXXX. I canít read the last number or two, but it is only 6 digits. That means it is an 83.
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