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Old 03-26-14, 11:09 AM
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Here is the 1985 560, as found. Already have rewrapped the bars, serviced the hubs. Waiting on a UN-55 BB.



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Old 03-30-14, 06:25 PM
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my 9 year old & I went trail riding (first trail test for my '90 Trek 1000 CX conversion). Here she is with her Trek. Not vintage but mine is...
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Old 03-30-14, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by DoninIN View Post
The bike shop where I got this one had a smaller almost identical one, right down to the brand new, ugly yellow bar tape. THE BICYCLE STATION - COLUMBUS, IN - TREK, CANNONDALE, ELECTRA, MIRRACO, SHIMANO, BONTRAGER, SMARTWOOL
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Here is my 87 Elance. I picked it up for $120 last summer in pretty rough shape. I tore it down, cleaned/lubed everything I could, and polished all the parts. Then I updated the brake levers, gave it new cables, housing, tape, fenders, tires and a saddle. It was my city bike/commuter last year and served me pretty well. In November the old 5 speed rear-free free hub body seized up so I had to replace the rear wheel. Here is how it looked until yesterday:


I got some mavic CXP22 with Bonti hubs on Flea Bay. Now has newer wheels, 8 speed rear cassette and new chain:

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Old 04-11-14, 03:17 PM
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Here is my 1983 24" 600. I found it stuck in a time machine, probably ridden 100 miles in 1983 then stuck in a garage til I rescued it. I used it as a grocery getter, then modernized it and rode it more and more until I want another. I posted in the Frame Game thread. Have a 24" low trail Trek that you have no need? contact me at wooba.flores@gmail.com
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Originally Posted by gaper80 View Post
Here is my 87 Elance. I picked it up for $120 last summer in pretty rough shape. I tore it down, cleaned/lubed everything I could, and polished all the parts. Then I updated the brake levers, gave it new cables, housing, tape, fenders, tires and a saddle. It was my city bike/commuter last year and served me pretty well. In November the old 5 speed rear-free free hub body seized up so I had to replace the rear wheel. Here is how it looked until yesterday:


I got some mavic CXP22 with Bonti hubs on Flea Bay. Now has newer wheels, 8 speed rear cassette and new chain:


Beautiful bike- from the way you've restored it- I'd have never guessed it was ever 'beat up.'

The 86-87 Trek 400 Elance are such cool bikes. IMO, the blue ones with this series of graphics are the best looking bikes evAr. Prior to 86, a 531 frame with CrMo or Mangalloy stays and fork would have been a 600 level frame. This brought 531 to the unwashed masses! The 400 Elance has Trange CrMo stays and fork- but I think the components weren't quite as nice as the frame. My 86 came with 6 sp indexed Light Action stuff- it's very nice- but I don't think the wheels were. After changing out my wheels, the bike felt LEAGUES better.

Thank you for posting yours!!!
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Old 04-13-14, 08:21 PM
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My '83 730 I recently picked up after a cleaning.

Edit: mobile phone is acting, post pic later. Sorry

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Old 04-13-14, 08:36 PM
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So my 9 year old and friend were riding and the friend was on the 9 year old's bike. Something happened (they can't keep their stories straight and the conflict... kids) and the rear derailuer age got caught in the spokes, wrapped around til it seized the wheel & bent the frame (not sure if the exact sequence but they destroyed the RD & bent the frame. We've been on the fence about getting her another bike anyway since she's about ready to out grow it so while pricing parts, a near mint early 90's Trek 800 caught my eye on the used rack. We brought my daughter in to check it out and it was a bit big but figure by the end of summer she'd grow into it. After some haggling we brought it home (now to fix & rehome the other one.)



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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Beautiful bike- from the way you've restored it- I'd have never guessed it was ever 'beat up.'

The 86-87 Trek 400 Elance are such cool bikes. IMO, the blue ones with this series of graphics are the best looking bikes evAr. Prior to 86, a 531 frame with CrMo or Mangalloy stays and fork would have been a 600 level frame. This brought 531 to the unwashed masses! The 400 Elance has Trange CrMo stays and fork- but I think the components weren't quite as nice as the frame. My 86 came with 6 sp indexed Light Action stuff- it's very nice- but I don't think the wheels were. After changing out my wheels, the bike felt LEAGUES better.

Thank you for posting yours!!!
Thanks for the compliments Golden Boy! This bike was caked with dirt and road grime. All the shinny parts had a lot of oxidation, but a little mothers polishing compound and elbow grease did the trick. It is a perfect "10 footer". The top tube is missing a lot of paint, but none of that effects the ride. The next addition will be some indexed shifters, as 8 speed is a little tough to dial in (or maybe I am just impatient). The new wheels have made all the difference in the world. It rides like a new bike. Thanks again!
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Old 04-18-14, 02:56 PM
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Just finished a complete rebuild on this a few days ago.
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Wrong subforum. nice wheels though.
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Just finished a complete rebuild on this a few days ago.



That thing is looking fast!! What is it? I think I see 531 decals on the forks, but I can't quite make them out.
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Here is my '85 460 I've been enjoying since 2004 when it was given to me. Here it is ready for today's 20miler...

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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post

That thing is looking fast!! What is it? I think I see 531 decals on the forks, but I can't quite make them out.
I'm not actually sure what model it is. In fact, I'm not even positive on the year. Here's the serial number if anyone had any insight: 013370

The frame is made with ishiwata 022 CrMo tubing
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In other news I picked this up today.

It's an '87 560 made with Reynolds 531. It's all original save the pedals, seat, tires, and tape. I ran into father of a friend and showed him the trek I just finished, was impressed and just offered that his bike had not been used in years and that if I wanted it I could just take it. Of course I took no convincing
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I'm not actually sure what model it is. In fact, I'm not even positive on the year. Here's the serial number if anyone had any insight: 013370

The frame is made with ishiwata 022 CrMo tubing
My guess is a 1982 Trek 412.

Sounds pretty sweet. It looks like you have it built to enjoy!

In case you'd like to see how it was originally built:

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/Trek3pg4.jpg
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In other news I picked this up today.

It's an '87 560 made with Reynolds 531. It's all original save the pedals, seat, tires, and tape. I ran into father of a friend and showed him the trek I just finished, was impressed and just offered that his bike had not been used in years and that if I wanted it I could just take it. Of course I took no convincing

Score..

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Working on this at the moment. My plan is to install racks and use it as my bike for running errands around town, and the occasional commute to work.
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Here is a picture from yesterdays ride of my '83 600. I really like this bike and haven't ridden it as much as I'd like to. I need to thin the collection down I think. This one is a keeper.

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This is my second 1983 Trek. The other is my daily commuter. This time I got a 520 which I'll be dressing up like a city/town cruiser a la the Poor Man's Rivendell thread. I got this baby for less than $100 today.

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My S&S-coupled 650B 720. Put the decals on over the weekend, and now hunting for racks and panniers. Black SKS fenders are on their way.

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My S&S-coupled 650B 720. Put the decals on over the weekend, and now hunting for racks and panniers. Black SKS fenders are on their way.

Very nice!!! In fact this bike is thread worthy (I'd like to know all about the build!)

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My S&S-coupled 650B 720. Put the decals on over the weekend, and now hunting for racks and panniers. Black SKS fenders are on their way.

Very nice; you must have removed the old cantis and had new ones brazed on, right?
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