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Old 07-10-24, 09:39 AM
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Trek 728, my new favorite.

Every once in awhile a bike comes along that just feels perfect. I知 really picky about the bikes I keep and this is one of them. Pretty much the original setup from 1982, of course new tires, cables and bar tape. I did add the Brooks, and changed the half step chainrings to help with the windy days. I知 waiting on the 531 decals and searching for better looking bags, but I知 really happy with it.


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I have an '82 720 as well. I've been meaning to do a 650b conversion on it. There is a lot to be said for puffy tires. I think you'll find that this bike handles better under a load than many bikes because of the crazy long chain stays (18 inch). I rode a 1983 720 across the US and I was very favorably impressed with how it handled. My one knock on the bike (and it's a small one) is that I would have liked a tire a tire larger than a 32c which is why I want to do that 650b conversion.

I suspect the reason I haven't been too motivated to fix up my '82 720 is that I ride my 1979 Trek 510 a lot. With a triple and puffy tires (Jack Brown 700 x 33.3 tires), it ticks a lot of boxes for me.
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I'd be happy with that too!
How do you like the Duopar rear derailleur?
Are the wheels 700c? The hubs Suzue Sealed cartridge bearing?
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano
I'd be happy with that too!
How do you like the Duopar rear derailleur?
Are the wheels 700c? The hubs Suzue Sealed cartridge bearing?

There are way better looking derailleurs, but so far it works flawlessly so I値l keep it. And yes to the wheels and hubs.
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Originally Posted by sloar
There are way better looking derailleurs, but so far it works flawlessly so I値l keep it. And yes to the wheels and hubs.
Those are great hubs.
Looking at the '82 catalog, it appears they mounted the front rack to the rear set of braze ons at the drop outs. They must have used a spacer to clear the fork legs. I wonder if your rack would be more level mounted that way?
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You池e absolutely correct, looks a lot better. Thanks.
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I have an '83 720 to finish rebuilding in the next week or two, I'm very excited to take it out for some rides. Every time I see someone talk about these bikes their response is the same as yours: just this unique plush ride.

Probably going to move it on pretty quickly since it's sadly a bit too large - it's a 24" - but I'm already trying to figure out where I can source a 22.5" or 21".
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Originally Posted by GullyFoylesbike
I have an '83 720 to finish rebuilding in the next week or two, I'm very excited to take it out for some rides. Every time I see someone talk about these bikes their response is the same as yours: just this unique plush ride.

Probably going to move it on pretty quickly since it's sadly a bit too large - it's a 24" - but I'm already trying to figure out where I can source a 22.5" or 21".
There was a 21" 82 720 in the Classifieds here for the longest time- and it was completely affordable... No one bought it for like MONTHS. If I didn't already have a 720 I would have been all over it.
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This is the one. All the others that were the one clearly weren't the one. This right here is the one.
Enjoy the miles.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
There was a 21" 82 720 in the Classifieds here for the longest time- and it was completely affordable... No one bought it for like MONTHS. If I didn't already have a 720 I would have been all over it.
I would never have let that stop me. How completely affordable was it?
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Originally Posted by sloar
There are way better looking derailleurs, but so far it works flawlessly so I値l keep it. And yes to the wheels and hubs.
The Duopar is a fine derailleur. I used one on my '83 720 when I toured across the country. I found I had to lighten up on the pedals in shifting with it. That's true with any rear derailleur but the Duopar, at least in my experience, needs to be coddled a bit more to get it to shift right. That said, it worked great getting me across the US.
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Yes!
That bicycle is perfect. Along with the 720 that came out right after the 728. Awesome long wheelbase. Very comfortable!

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Originally Posted by Hobbiano
I would never have let that stop me. How completely affordable was it?
$225 and it sat for a year.

1982 21" Trek 720 frame

It had a few issues- but at that price... an 82 720 frame...
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Nice Bike. I love how you are keeping it stock. Nothing broken溶othing to fix.
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