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Old 11-06-16, 11:23 PM
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1979 710 650b conversion on it's maiden voyage with fenders (needed for the wet day of riding):

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Here's an '83 Trek 620 I got a while back from the online auction site. $310 with free shipping! It's in amazing condition - doubt if if had 100 miles on it. I modified it a bunch, mostly with stuff I already had on hand, and converted it to 700C.


I gotta tell you, this is one of the nicest riding bikes I've ever been on. I've been using it almost exclusively since I put it together, and I'm so impressed by the build quality of this thing. I also really like the classy understated graphics on these old Treks. The pewter paint job looks subdued until you get it out in the bright sun, and then it's bass boat, baby!


My original intention was to flip this bike, but no way - this is definitely a keeper. I love this thing!












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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
1979 710 650b conversion on it's maiden voyage with fenders (needed for the wet day of riding):

Nice job! Were you able to get 42mm tires in there or 38mm? Any pedal strike issues?
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Old 11-07-16, 05:17 PM
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Here is my 1986 Trek 520 Cirrus in a relatively rare grey/red color scheme. Mostly original - I swapped out the Biopace chainrings for standard circular changrings.
The original Helicomatic rear hub died on me after a few years, so I replaced the wheels with a nice set of Wheelsmith wheels from the Hjertberg Wheelsmith shop in Palo Alto.
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Old 11-07-16, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
Nice job! Were you able to get 42mm tires in there or 38mm? Any pedal strike issues?
Thanks! Only 38mm, no pedal strike issues. The only issue is shimmy - frightening at speed. I need to get a roller-bearing headset on there.
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Old 11-07-16, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by lugsNleather58 View Post
Here is my 1986 Trek 520 Cirrus in a relatively rare grey/red color scheme. Mostly original - I swapped out the Biopace chainrings for standard circular changrings.
The original Helicomatic rear hub died on me after a few years, so I replaced the wheels with a nice set of Wheelsmith wheels from the Hjertberg Wheelsmith shop in Palo Alto.
Nice, I am actually a fan of aero levers - nice upgrade. RX100?
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Old 11-08-16, 07:55 AM
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Nice job ó looks great!

In one of his recent blog posts, Jan Heine mentions that the next issue of Bicycle Quarterly will include a story about how to make a classic Trek into a 650B randonneur bike. He thinks the prices of old Treks will probably go up as more people realize what neat bikes they can be.

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1979 710 650b conversion on it's maiden voyage with fenders (needed for the wet day of riding):

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Old 11-08-16, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by katzenfinch View Post
Nice job — looks great!

In one of his recent blog posts, Jan Heine mentions that the next issue of Bicycle Quarterly will include a story about how to make a classic Trek into a 650B randonneur bike. He thinks the prices of old Treks will probably go up as more people realize what neat bikes they can be.
Thanks!

I saw that post too and am very interested in reading about it. I built a '77 TX504 up for a friend and he has loved it on gravel. I recently acquired an early 80's 510 as a "guest bike." I don't consider myself a flag-waving patriot, but there's no harm in being proud of quality, American, hand-made production bikes. They are very nice in all tubesets and currently at reasonable prices.

I've toyed with the idea of re-raking my fork to lower the trail. It's not huge trail right now, 43mm with 650b x 38 tires, but I'd like to see if it could be pushed, maybe into the mid 30's.

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Over the weekend, i did some cleaning of gunk and rust off things...i got to thinking, when things start to wear and need replacing, where will i find a 6 speed cassette? do they even make these anymore? Should I be surprised to see the cassette says suntour? does anyone make these anymore?
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Old 11-14-16, 12:50 PM
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Over the weekend, i did some cleaning of gunk and rust off things...i got to thinking, when things start to wear and need replacing, where will i find a 6 speed cassette? do they even make these anymore? Should I be surprised to see the cassette says suntour? does anyone make these anymore?
That appears to be a freewheel rather than a cassette. Shimano and others still manufacture these and are pretty cheap on eBay.
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Originally Posted by mb_4055 View Post


Over the weekend, i did some cleaning of gunk and rust off things...i got to thinking, when things start to wear and need replacing, where will i find a 6 speed cassette? do they even make these anymore? Should I be surprised to see the cassette says suntour? does anyone make these anymore?
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That appears to be a freewheel rather than a cassette. Shimano and others still manufacture these and are pretty cheap on eBay.
Agree. This is a SunTour "Winner" freewheel, not a cassette. You'll want a 2-prong SunTour remover tool to get it off the hub:



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Old 11-14-16, 09:40 PM
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If you are lucky, you might just be able to squeeze a 7-speed FW on there. I did it on a friend's bike with a cheap-o Shimano FW. Oddly, the final sprocket was spaced wider than the others, but I just too it off and ground the spacer part down to spec on a disc sander - fit much better that way and it will index 7s properly (yes, you can get indexing!)
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Old 11-17-16, 06:27 PM
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The brake hoods on the original non-Aero levers disintegrated (back in the 90s) and my LBS didn't have exact replacements, so I bought some Shimano Aero levers. Not sure what the model is, though.
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Old 11-18-16, 05:52 PM
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Nice bike. I like the subtle red details you added- looks very classy!
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After browsing through all the photos of beautiful vintage Treks that forum members got new, bought for a few hundred dollars or less, or found in piles of junk, I ran across this one advertised online at about three times its original price. It is shod with Specialized Touring II tires, which I used back in the day but wouldnít put much faith in now. It appears to be in great shape and all, but Iíd say itís optimistically priced.

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^^^

"Budget Bicycle Center". Their pricing formula is high retail times three - check out some of their ebay listings. A while back I picked up a Trek 620 (same bike as above only a year newer) for $310. See post #1202 above.
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Sure seems like a great deal to me.

I paid twice that for a 660 on eBay about 10 years back. No regrets. Rides like a dream.

I was 19 years old when a older fellow told me "everybody's crazy, just about different things.".

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"Budget Bicycle Center". Their pricing formula is high retail times three - check out some of their ebay listings. A while back I picked up a Trek 620 (same bike as above only a year newer) for $310. See post #1202 above.
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Originally Posted by SuperLJ View Post
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"Budget Bicycle Center". Their pricing formula is high retail times three - check out some of their ebay listings. A while back I picked up a Trek 620 (same bike as above only a year newer) for $310. See post #1202 above.
There has to be a formula between the 'Budget Center' and 'Bicycle Blue Book' where you could get a ballpark value on a bike...
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Here's a good thread on BBC:

http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...raigslist.html
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Do we really need posted ads from "Budget" bicycle?
Delete the post and HANG the poster!
Iím not promoting the place, I shared it so other people could be as incredulous as I was.

Youíre a proponent of lynching, eh? Nice.
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Originally Posted by SuperLJ View Post
Here's an '83 Trek 620 I got a while back from the online auction site. $310 with free shipping! It's in amazing condition - doubt if if had 100 miles on it. I modified it a bunch, mostly with stuff I already had on hand, and converted it to 700C.


I gotta tell you, this is one of the nicest riding bikes I've ever been on. I've been using it almost exclusively since I put it together, and I'm so impressed by the build quality of this thing. I also really like the classy understated graphics on these old Treks. The pewter paint job looks subdued until you get it out in the bright sun, and then it's bass boat, baby!


My original intention was to flip this bike, but no way - this is definitely a keeper. I love this thing!




This bike is sweet. You did a really nice job with the parts mix as well.

Treks make superb riders and the paint jobs on these old Treks is just first rate. I have two late 70s Treks hanging on hooks in my workshop: a 1978 Trek TX 900 and a 1979 Trek 510. These will be my projects for next year.
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I love old steel Treks! I had one of those charcoal 560's, but it was a little rusty being from Hawaii. Also had a white purple 1000 with tri color 600 transplanted onto it. Here are mine at the moment, and they will have to be pried from my cold fingers, lol.

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1979 510. Ishiwata 022 and loaded with campy with Universal Mod 77 brakes. Can't say enough about how it rides/handles. Just amazing!

Very sweet. I picked up a 1979 Trek 510 this summer and I'm looking forward to rebuilding it in the spring. Mine is blue; I really dig the black color on yours.
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1979 710 650b conversion on it's maiden voyage with fenders (needed for the wet day of riding):

Beautiful build. Nice how you were able to mount 650B wheels.
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Thanks!

In the most recent BQ issue, Steve Frey's Frek II is featured. It is remarkable how similar our builds ended up - I had never read about any of his builds. He did a lot of mods with braze ons, I am not so skilled. Nonetheless, turns out we chose our bikes for many of the same reasons, even much of the same equipment. I actually bought a pair of Pacenti SL23 rims like him but ultimately nixed them in favor of more traditional looking rims. Though seeing them on his bike, they somehow don't look anachronistic. Like Steve, I acquired an old DA FW hub, but haven't built it up yet. Mine is black to match the SON front hub. Great minds think alike?
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Just got the frameset yesterday. I just threw a few parts on it to get a sense of how it's going to look.

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