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I'm beginning to understand the whole Trek thing.


Old 03-15-10, 07:26 AM
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I'm beginning to understand the whole Trek thing.

I rotate a few bikes, but my 1987 Trek 400d Elance is becoming a favorite.

The bike provided me with my best ride of year, so far.

The weather was cold, windy & damp. However the skies started to clear as the morning progressed and it became a great ride. I headed into the 18 mph wind for the first 25 miles. I stopped for coffee and meet three riders from the popular XXX racing club. They invited me to tag along and my fender-clad 1978 Trek 400 and I hung in there with a pace of 17 to 22 mph. I even pulled for a while and went off-the-front during a curvy section. Considering I've been mostly off the bikes since November, I was really pleased.

After about 15 miles of hanging in there, I thanked them and let them pull ahead.

I covered 51 miles in a little over 3 hours. The bike performed perfectly. yes, I've updated the wheels & drivetrain, but the soul of the bike is vintage Trek. That Reynolds 531 frame is magic.

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Old 03-15-10, 08:17 AM
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Nice bike! I recently picked up an early 80's Trek and I love riding it. I haven't gone on any really long rides (still working out a few quirks ie no front brakes yet), but so far I love riding it. It feels so lively and responsive (compared to my others.... Raleigh record 401tubing).
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I know what you mean; my '86 Elance 400 is the nicest of the nice rides in my modest stable.
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