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Old 02-27-18, 10:45 AM
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[MENTION=332414]Hudson308[/MENTION] Apologies, I must have missed an earlier reference. Who is the Powdercoat Man?
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Hello Hudson308,
Nice job on the 720, I am thinking about getting a 720 done myself. Is it local business only or would he take shipping to and from.
I am in Milwaukee if it matters.
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Doug does powder coating in his garage, using a large industrial oven. He's a bike/car guy who loves refinishing bike frames. He pays attention to the details, such as keeping the coating thin and masking off critical areas (note the canti bosses & crown race area in my pic above). His prices are reasonable enough that people send him frames from other states, and still get a better deal than if they had the coating done locally. [MENTION=469097]tarsi[/MENTION] (see post #1587 above) shipped his Trek frame to Doug from California. Obviously Doug has to add a nominal fee for repacking & shipping. If you want him to refinish your frame, the only caveats I would offer are:

-If your frame or fork has chrome on them, have them media blasted locally with walnut shells or baking soda before sending them to him. The sand blaster that he sub-contracts with doesn't seem to know how to be careful around chrome.

-If you have intricate lugwork or other features that you wanted masked, I suggest you buy the special high-temperature masking tape and do this yourself after media blasting. Doug is happy to do basic masking as noted above, but isn't too keen on spending hours trimming tape.

-He doesn't especially like doing white, as it requires that he carefully scrub his oven beforehand to keep any stray color specks out of the finish.

-He doesn't pick your color, and he doesn't do disassembly. Past experience with churlish customers necessitated this policy.

-If you want him to be careful when shipping your frame back to you, then pack it how you want it when you send it to him. Makes everybody happy that way.

If you've got a frame that you want refinished, PM me and I can give you his contact info. He's done nine frames for me so far, and all of them have turned out great. Oh, and he's a nice guy to boot!
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Old 02-27-18, 11:30 AM
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Thanks for the thorough answer Hudson308,
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Old 02-27-18, 09:20 PM
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Trek 420 touring. Before (Sport LX triple) and after (105 8s STI).
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Old 03-18-18, 11:11 AM
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Trek 640 ready for the first ride of Spring today!
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1983 CD Bag on 1984 Trek

Takes me back to high school when I had a yellow Cannondale bag just like the one I just got off Ebay. Mounted to my 1984 Trek 560.
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My 91 Trek 400 back on the road with a new cockpit, tape and shifter set up. Still running 1X7 geared.
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Old 03-22-18, 09:51 AM
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1995 cf

Not steel or even aluminum but still pretty darn cool IMHO.
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Old 03-26-18, 03:14 PM
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The bag looks like a vintage Kirtland/Eclipse handlebar bag from the 80s. I have 2 red and 1 blue Eclipse bag still.
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Old 04-11-18, 07:03 AM
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I turned the '87 Elance 400D into a 400T by swapping everything over from a '93 1420. Just gotta get the right saddle on there and we'll see how it rides this spring.
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Old 04-11-18, 10:28 AM
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I turned the '87 Elance 400D into a 400T by swapping everything over from a '93 1420. Just gotta get the right saddle on there and we'll see how it rides this spring.
I'm looking forward to more pix!

I have an 86 that I've bastardized into a 600/Suntour triple machine. This is my favorite Trek color- the blue they used is so beautiful. I love how you can look "into" the paint a few feet!

What are you thinking of for the saddle? I ended up going with an Avocet Touring II.

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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
My 91 Trek 400 back on the road with a new cockpit, tape and shifter set up. Still running 1X7 geared.
Hey Law- I'm really interested as to what you have going on there, gearing wise. Friction Suntour shifters? Are those the special "Scott" shifters?
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Originally Posted by briantrek1984
Takes me back to high school when I had a yellow Cannondale bag just like the one I just got off Ebay. Mounted to my 1984 Trek 560.
Wow- you can actually see through your map case! The ones I have have been yellowed (more "ambered") by age and sun and dirt.
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Takes me back to high school when I had a yellow Cannondale bag just like the one I just got off Ebay. Mounted to my 1984 Trek 560.
I like those handlebars. What are they?
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I like those handlebars. What are they?
The 1984 brochure just calls them 'Aero Handlebars'. I don't remember any branding on them but I love them!
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
Wow- you can actually see through your map case! The ones I have have been yellowed (more "ambered") by age and sun and dirt.
This bags is 'NOS' in original packaging so I got lucky. May be some more still on ebay from this find.
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Originally Posted by briantrek1984
The 1984 brochure just calls them 'Aero Handlebars'. I don't remember any branding on them but I love them!
The catalog says they're Belleri Aero Alloy.

That doesn't look like the Belleri logo that I'm familiar with... That's pretty cool the way the bars sweep forward like that from the stem. I don't know if that would be a thing for me or not...
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The catalog says they're Belleri Aero Alloy.

That doesn't look like the Belleri logo that I'm familiar with... That's pretty cool the way the bars sweep forward like that from the stem. I don't know if that would be a thing for me or not...
The forward sweep looks very comfortable to me. It looks like it would match the angle of my wrists riding on the tops.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
Hey Law- I'm really interested as to what you have going on there, gearing wise. Friction Suntour shifters? Are those the special "Scott" shifters?
The white Trek 400.. My run around town messenger bike. Glad you like, feeling is mutual. Things have changed component wise. The friction Suntour went to Shimano SIS DT and the tear DR went to Ultegra 6700. Cogs are still Shimano 600 14-28 with a single 46T up front

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OH yeah, the left shifter I tell everyone is for the BB motor!
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OH yeah, the left shifter I tell everyone is for the BB motor!
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
My 91 Trek 400 back on the road with a new cockpit, tape and shifter set up. Still running 1X7 geared.
Are you using a narrow-wide chainring?
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Are you using a narrow-wide chainring?
Yes, a road chainring circa mid 80's Sakae steel one.
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Going back and looking at my 400, I realize I also changed the wheel set. Now rolling on Trek Matrix Titan S rims and sealed Sansin hubs. So much lighter then the Sun wheels I had before! It really wakes up the ride!
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Going back and looking at my 400, I realize I also changed the wheel set. Now rolling on Trek Matrix Titan S rims and sealed Sansin hubs. So much lighter then the Sun wheels I had before! It really wakes up the ride!
The Matrix Titans are some sweet rims- those came on my Trek 720 and I put them on my 400.
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