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Old 05-29-10, 07:17 PM   #1
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1978 Trek TX300 before and after

I found this Trek on craigslist a few months ago and thought it might fit me a bit better than the Specialized Crossroads I was using as my commuter. It's at the low end of Trek's lineup and fairly beat up, so I wouldn't be too concerned about leaving it locked up outside my office. I cleaned it up, touched up some of the chipped paint, added a set of Panaracer Paselas, new cables, and the funky confetti tape.

On the to-do list are a saddle (borrowed this one from a Panasonic PT 3500 that I picked up recently,) set of fenders, though there's not much clearance with these chunky tires. I'd like to restring the Fiamme rims with stainless spokes, and the Sunshine hubs would look great with a polish.

I rides nicely for a high-ten frame, and I love the Suntour drivetrain!

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Old 05-29-10, 08:18 PM   #2
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Very nice work there Chris!
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Boy, that's clean!
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Well done.
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I am digging it for sure. Would look good with a rack as well. This is a well oiled machine! Will definitely be rolling smooth...
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That is a great upgrade and looks very clean. IIRC the TX300 was the Ishiwata CroMoly tubing and rides like a dream, I wish I still had my '77.
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Beautiful! I'm very partial to that type of Trek lettering on the seat tube. I think it looks so classy! Great job Chris!
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+1 on all the praise. I've got two of them, a '77 and a '78 and the Ishiwata 0245 rides very nicely. Way to go, Chris.
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Nice job on the classic Trek. Nice to see a flickstand...very fitting.
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Nice work Chris! Well done!
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Thanks for the comments, my old threads are coming back from limbo today

I'm still riding this bike also and I considered using it as my commuter, but I decided spare it the abuse that the commuter gets. It's a really nice example of Trek's outstanding early work, hard to believe it was an entry level bike...
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What brake hoods did you use?

Why did you take off the glorious Mirrycle mirror?

I was looking for a mirror- and everything I found was in the way or was too wiggly and/or too far down. I got my 78/79 730 with that mirror- and I love it. I'm trying to find where I can order another one. The LBSs around me don't carry them and can't order them. (not in the catalog)
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The hoods are NOS Dia-compe that I found at the LBS.

I didn't like the mirror, and I usually use the helmet-mounted variety. I'll see if I can find the Mirrycle for you...
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Good work. What do you use the bike for?
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Thanks Tom, it one of the three or four bikes that I use for casual rides in the 20-30 mile range. I'm not thrilled with the Panasonic-branded Avocet saddle for rides longer than that. I think it deserves a black B17.
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