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Sold my Trek, now what?

Old 08-06-07, 01:12 PM
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Sold my Trek, now what?

Well with some doubts, I sold the 89 Trek 400 I have been intermittently riding the past 8 months. I could never get comfortable on that bike. I tried a longer/taller adjustable stem, longer seat post, cyclo cross brake levers, lower gearing for the hills, but could never get it to feel right. And that Criterium geometry translated into a bike that never felt stable. It was light and fast, an attribute nothing I now own has. I broke even on the deal in terms of what I invested in the bike and add ons, well not counting my time.

Now on to bigger and better things. I want another old steel road bike. I would like to develop an attribute list of things to look for, and then maybe narrow my choices down so I know what I am searching for:

- 60CM seems like my size
- triple chainrings or a compact double for the hills
- very stable ride
- relatively light weight (I already have a Continental)
- decent components
- able to do light touring (rack braze ons, long chain stays)
- I am a big guy riding in the hills, so good brakes
- fit larger tires, cyclo cross tires for some of the dirt/gravel I will encounter (700x32 or larger)

What else should I be looking for?

It seems likely I am looking for old touring bikes, any suggestions that I might find cheap in my local craigslist?

Thanks
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Old 08-06-07, 01:17 PM
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I have a 1994 Trek 730 multitrack that I'll put in a plug for. It seems that model transmogrified into a low-end hybrid, but the one I have fits 700c wheels and is True Temper double-butted tubing (made in the USA!). Cantilever brakes, tons of brazeons. I'm running 32mm tires and have tons of room for even wider. Since I took the pics below, I've installed a compact double, wrapped the bars, and installed a FD. It's been my primary bike for longer rides lately, and I'm enjoying it a great deal. I bought it as a frameset for $75 and built it up, but I've seen the complete bike go for $150. I think it's a sleeper.

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Old 08-06-07, 02:22 PM
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I agree. I have a friend that has the exact bike - 1994 Trek 730 - and I think it is truly a sleeper. It's a great all purpose bike and would probably function very nicely as a loaded touring unit. It even had lowrider mounts!
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