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Old 02-14-23, 06:38 PM
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Here's a 1982 Trek 614 I built up recently.

I'm enjoying it a lot.

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So according to the Trek Serial Number site ( Vintage Trek Serial Numbers 1984 ) in 1984 there were only 270 built in size 19. This is out of 3010 built in that year (according to serial number). I would agree that the fit is perfect!
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Love the build! What is the front rack?
Front rack is Nitto M12 Front Rack. A slight amount of bending of the stays but otherwise fits very well and for the riding I normally do, works well with the Nashbar rack for the back. Lighter and carries most everything I need on longer day rides.

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Ex Race bike of Laura Peycke Texas State Champion



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Cleaned up and ready to go.

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Originally Posted by jamesj
That's a early one. And pretty! Story behind it?
I have one that will look very much like this after the paint job that's coming up, probably in April.

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^^ Looks to be in great condition. Nice color.
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Originally Posted by jamesj
Retrofriction shifters?
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From today's ride

1979 Trek 710..
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My bike is an ‘82 728. Mostly original except for rear wheel/hub, rear derailleur, and sans bar end shifters. So maybe not as original as I thought haha.

Wife’s Bianchi, quite a bit newer, is hung above.

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Originally Posted by ColdieMoldi
My bike is an ‘82 728. Mostly original except for rear wheel/hub, rear derailleur, and sans bar end shifters. So maybe not as original as I thought haha.

Wife’s Bianchi, quite a bit newer, is hung above.

That’s the rare 728 without canti’s that can be 650b’ed - nice!
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
That’s the rare 728 without canti’s that can be 650b’ed - nice!
Yep, got the ol’ gran compe center pulls!
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Originally Posted by ColdieMoldi
My bike is an ‘82 728. Mostly original except for rear wheel/hub, rear derailleur, and sans bar end shifters. So maybe not as original as I thought haha.
Just about nothing tops the ride of these 728s, of which I am an owner as well!
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I've shown this 1979 Trek 710 previously (650b conversion) - but I made a few changes:

* Added the Swift Industries (tall) rando bag
* Replaced the RD with a Shimano Ultegra 6600 (medium cage)
* Replaced the FD with a Shimano 4600
* Replaced the DT friction shifters with new ST-4600 brifters
* New shifter housings and cables
* Added clamp-on DT cable stops

The side-exit cable housings are curved to fit alongside the rando bag - about 500 miles so far and the shifting is excellent. The Swift Industries bag is rock solid and holds it shape thanks to several plastic honeycomb inserts and elastic shock cords - also like the elastic band internal organizers.

Really a fun and comfortable bike - my favorite - ready for a wide variety of rides.



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Originally Posted by jlaw
I've shown this 1979 Trek 710 previously (650b conversion) - but I made a few changes...
Very nice conversion and nice updates! It's hard to find shiney derailleurs these days.
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Very nice conversion and nice updates! It's hard to find shiney derailleurs these days.
Thanks!

That RD was on a 2006 Spec. carbon race bike - the kind of bike I would buy before I knew that there were other types of bikes in the world that would fit me and my purposes better. Weirdly it was set up as a 3x9 with a road triple. Just last year I sold the frame, kept some parts, and donated others.

The RD 6600 will work with a 32T large cog - maybe a 36T, and it can be used with a 9 speed or 10 speed compatible shifter. The Trek 710 is set up as a 2x10. And...as you mentioned - shiny silver!
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1976 TX500 Frame, Latest Incarnation

I bought this frame brand new in1 978 (EDIT: SUMMER 1977) and built it up from components from my 1972 Gitane plus new stuff. Trek frames weren't selling all that well in a small town Wisconsin bike shop in those days. In it's earlier life it was my college bike, touring bike, do-everything do-all. It evolved over the next 30 years before it took a much needed rest. (EDIT: Serial number puts the build date as December 1976. A seat stay came undone at the seat lug on my second long-ish solo tour in Bayfield Wisconsin summer 1979, Student at UW Madison WI, Yellow Jersey sent the frame back to Trek for warranty repair. Came back with the nexy gen stickers with TREK inside a solid panel)
Made some mods before having it painted this spring, and building it up as a fun bike. It's a fine bike, rides beautifully. Planning to move the shifter up to the bars using a Rivendell thumbie pod that will work with the vintage Suntour ratchet shifter. Every component has a story, including the Campy Record hubs that I bought for my first wheel building project in 1982.







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Beater trek to vintage car homage

Originally Posted by champion city
Hello C & V,

I know many members here either own, or would like to own a vintage Trek. Even though I am Canadian, I have a soft spot for the early American-made steel.

Without further adieu,

Show your Trek!

This is my beater trek elance 400 commuter bike turned 70s toyota replica.The fork is made in Japan and the frame is reynolds 531.
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I’ll likely do an individual thread on this one, but just picked up a 1979 Trek 937 or 938, in what I believe is the original DuPont Imron ‘Lt Green’ 62703 color -




On the way back home…













Lot that is unoriginal, some bits that *may* be original. Will be getting a full Nuovo Record build.
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Originally Posted by ridesoldtrek
I bought this frame brand new in1 978 (EDIT: SUMMER 1977) and built it up from components from my 1972 Gitane plus new stuff. Trek frames weren't selling all that well in a small town Wisconsin bike shop in those days. In it's earlier life it was my college bike, touring bike, do-everything do-all. It evolved over the next 30 years before it took a much needed rest. (EDIT: Serial number puts the build date as December 1976. A seat stay came undone at the seat lug on my second long-ish solo tour in Bayfield Wisconsin summer 1979, Student at UW Madison WI, Yellow Jersey sent the frame back to Trek for warranty repair. Came back with the nexy gen stickers with TREK inside a solid panel)
Made some mods before having it painted this spring, and building it up as a fun bike. It's a fine bike, rides beautifully. Planning to move the shifter up to the bars using a Rivendell thumbie pod that will work with the vintage Suntour ratchet shifter. Every component has a story, including the Campy Record hubs that I bought for my first wheel building project in 1982.






Which Nitto handlebars are you using?
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Originally Posted by mtbikerjohn
Which Nitto handlebars are you using?
B2522 AA, available from several online sources, I bought mine on ebay. Velo Orange sells a very similar bar, the Postino, which they call a classic Italian city bike handlebar. I can't vouch for truth of that description. I do own one of those, originally intended for this build, but the finish is not up to the Nitto. No surprise there. It's about half the price, and the sweep is 45 degrees vs. 42 for the Nitto. The bend is a little different, but otherwise the same bar.

This bar results in a much more comfortable wrist position than a purely straight bar. On all previous incarnations of this bike I was using drop bars, and a double chainring. For this build, I didn't need the range of a double, so I cut the mounting tabs off a worn out chainring and used them as spacers on the back side of the crank so I could use the same bolts. If you look closely you can just make them out in one of the photos.

Other components:
- Sugino Mighty Tour crank. I bought this new in the spring of 1977 as a reward to myself for quitting smoking. I bought this frame shortly after that and built it up with a hodgepodge of new and used parts just before my first solo tour in late September 1977, Minneapolis to Eau Claire, WI.
- Suntour Superbe long reach sidepull brakes. I got these in 1979 as payment for doing some repair work for a friend of a friend. The pads on them now are Yokozuna, they are a perfect match to the finish and have amazing stopping power. Much much better than any hydraulic disc brake fan-boy would ever be willing to admit. Suntour XC Expert levers.
- Suntour Cyclone derailler, ebay purchase in 2007 for a different bike. Works pretty well, but I think it may be slightly bent. But it's pretty and for the riding I do with this bike I don't shift much anyway.
- Suntour Sprint friction ratchet shifter. If you've never used Suntour ratchet friction shifters, or the equally good Rivendell versions of this one, give them a try. Bike Snob says about how good these are: I believe it's a good thing the bike industry abandoned friction shifting, because otherwise they would be charging us a fortune for it. I couldn't agree more. Of course you need to become proficient at friction shifting, but it's not any harder than walking up or down a set of stairs without looking at your feet or having indexed leg and foot joints.
- Campagnolo Record hubs and headset. New in about 1982 as part of a refurbish and new set of wheels (my first try at wheelbuilding) just before an 800 mile solo tour around the top of Lake Michigan, starting and finishing in Madison, WI and taking the car ferry across the big lake. Previous wheels had sewup rims/tires, I had used those on several tours before and dreamed of the reliability of clinchers. Now laced to the new Velocity Dyad's.
- Nitto stem and seatpost. What can I say? Nobody makes components more beautiful than these, a reminder of the beauty of design and finish that's pretty much extinct from modern bike design.
The sparkly black powerdercoat was kind of a last minute decision. I love the navy blue Trek and earlier poster has, but my powdercoater didn't really have a color close enough to that.
- I had some work done on the frame by a local (Minneapolis) custom builder. The original frame had only a rear derailler cable stop. Added these pretty water bottle mounts, shifter braze-on's, revised rear cable routing, and crimping of chainstays for better tire clearance.

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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
I’ll likely do an individual thread on this one, but just picked up a 1979 Trek 937 or 938, in what I believe is the original DuPont Imron ‘Lt Green’ 62703 color -




On the way back home…













Lot that is unoriginal, some bits that *may* be original. Will be getting a full Nuovo Record build.
I'm curious to know how this bike rides no-handed. Why? I could never ride my 76 TX-500 no handed and I always thought there was something wrong with me. I had it in for some work at a local frame builder and he said the main triangle was not planar. He tweaked it (scary to watch) and now it's perfect! Another guy I talked to said that many of the Trek frames in the first few years had this same problem.
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Originally Posted by ridesoldtrek
B2522 AA, available from several online sources, I bought mine on ebay. Velo Orange sells a very similar bar, the Postino, which they call a classic Italian city bike handlebar. I can't vouch for truth of that description. I do own one of those, originally intended for this build, but the finish is not up to the Nitto. No surprise there. It's about half the price, and the sweep is 45 degrees vs. 42 for the Nitto. The bend is a little different, but otherwise the same bar.

This bar results in a much more comfortable wrist position than a purely straight bar. On all previous incarnations of this bike I was using drop bars, and a double chainring. For this build, I didn't need the range of a double, so I cut the mounting tabs off a worn out chainring and used them as spacers on the back side of the crank so I could use the same bolts. If you look closely you can just make them out in one of the photos.

Other components:
- Sugino Mighty Tour crank. I bought this new in the spring of 1977 as a reward to myself for quitting smoking. I bought this frame shortly after that and built it up with a hodgepodge of new and used parts just before my first solo tour in late September 1977, Minneapolis to Eau Claire, WI.
- Suntour Superbe long reach sidepull brakes. I got these in 1979 as payment for doing some repair work for a friend of a friend. The pads on them now are Yokozuna, they are a perfect match to the finish and have amazing stopping power. Much much better than any hydraulic disc brake fan-boy would ever be willing to admit. Suntour XC Expert levers.
- Suntour Cyclone derailler, ebay purchase in 2007 for a different bike. Works pretty well, but I think it may be slightly bent. But it's pretty and for the riding I do with this bike I don't shift much anyway.
- Suntour Sprint friction ratchet shifter. If you've never used Suntour ratchet friction shifters, or the equally good Rivendell versions of this one, give them a try. Bike Snob says about how good these are: I believe it's a good thing the bike industry abandoned friction shifting, because otherwise they would be charging us a fortune for it. I couldn't agree more. Of course you need to become proficient at friction shifting, but it's not any harder than walking up or down a set of stairs without looking at your feet or having indexed leg and foot joints.
- Campagnolo Record hubs and headset. New in about 1982 as part of a refurbish and new set of wheels (my first try at wheelbuilding) just before an 800 mile solo tour around the top of Lake Michigan, starting and finishing in Madison, WI and taking the car ferry across the big lake. Previous wheels had sewup rims/tires, I had used those on several tours before and dreamed of the reliability of clinchers. Now laced to the new Velocity Dyad's.
- Nitto stem and seatpost. What can I say? Nobody makes components more beautiful than these, a reminder of the beauty of design and finish that's pretty much extinct from modern bike design.
The sparkly black powerdercoat was kind of a last minute decision. I love the navy blue Trek and earlier poster has, but my powdercoater didn't really have a color close enough to that.
- I had some work done on the frame by a local (Minneapolis) custom builder. The original frame had only a rear derailler cable stop. Added these pretty water bottle mounts, shifter braze-on's, revised rear cable routing, and crimping of chainstays for better tire clearance.
Awesome! Thank you...John
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