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Old 07-08-18, 06:44 PM
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Got a two-fer to show today.

#1: '83 Trek 620

Running 650B wheels, this was formerly my commuter, but I got the itch to strip it down of fenders and the porteur rack and go with a Rando-lite build for hot summer days where the need for fenders and lighting is overkill. It's a real joy to ride. I'd like to sort out a Brooks pro saddle (as with my other bikes), but the budget is tight with a move, marriage, and honeymoon coming up in September. Need to swap out the 40t small ring for a 30t I have laying around.
I like this a lot. Does it ride differently stripped down?
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Old 07-09-18, 01:19 PM
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I like this a lot. Does it ride differently stripped down?
Surprisingly, it rode really well before, and rides well stripped down as well. The lighter weight is noticeable.

I think it's a nice balance between the very arm-heavy handling of my low-trail Raleigh Super Tourer and the higher-trail twitchy body-handling of my Davidson.
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Old 07-12-18, 10:13 AM
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#2: Mid-80's Trek 87

Picked this up off the iBob list from a member who found it in disrepair but gave it some attention and a really nice powdercoat - sparkles like the original Imron. Built it up as a nice townie-bike for errand-running and beer runs. Dynamo lighting and fenders makes it weather and time agnostic. Really fun to ride. Feels like I'm about 11 years old again.
That’s got to be an early 80’s MTB with those lugs. I saw your project Trek on the classic MTB thread, has this one made it over there? Looks like a fabulous townie. You’d be surprised how well they ride on gravel too - they’re great allroad bikes.
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Old 07-16-18, 05:58 AM
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Picked up a 1995 930 Singletrack for my daughter:



Cost me one beer.

(granted, it was a Heady Topper, but that's a trade I'll make any day)
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Old 07-16-18, 07:46 AM
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I just finished up this Trek 930 yesterday. A neighbor gave it to me a few weeks ago, after it had sat in his garage for 12 years, beat and broken. I tore the whole bike down, drilled out the wheels to accept Schrader valves, re-cabled it, and replaced the headset, chain, tires, stem and cracked handlebars. Most the parts I already had various boxes of bike parts. It's going to live at our family summer camp in the Adirondacks, where the whole family can beat on it some more.

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Original Waterloo, WI. 1977 built TX304 in DuPont Imron Metallic Green polyurethane enamel.
Frame size 22.5”
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Burley Samba gets some competition

Picked this up yesterday.

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Old 08-06-18, 09:45 PM
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Got a two-fer to show today.

#1: '83 Trek 620

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What's up with that front bag? Looks like you have some kind of center pull pivots supported rack there?
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Old 08-07-18, 06:16 AM
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What's up with that front bag? Looks like you have some kind of center pull pivots supported rack there?
Yep, it's an old TA rack like this:



Front bag was made by Dave Banzer in Chicago (aka Treetop Goods) several years ago. Ran across his bags on the forums, turned out he lived a mile or two from me in Chicago!
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Just a follow-up to post #1648. I was indeed able to remove the welded seat post from the '79 930 frameset that I bought off eBay. It took a week using the the lye-soaking method. I detailed the process in a separate thread for those who may be interested.

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Just picked this up for a good ..real good price

1994 1400 "Ice Blue" looks more purple, not much is original. has been changed from Shimano RX100 to Campagnolo Stratos

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Old 10-06-18, 07:26 AM
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I've had this since June, and am having trouble working anything else into the rotation. 79 930
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Old 10-06-18, 10:07 AM
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I've had this since June, and am having trouble working anything else into the rotation. 79 930
Because they ride like a dream.
Should you ever deem it surplus, let me know.
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Because they ride like a dream.
Should you ever deem it surplus, let me know.
I've been thinking about what I will do with them when I can no longer ride them. But I believe you also will be out of the running at that time. I have a 1980 414 coming home with me in June, so it's possible. I don't need to be greedy.
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Old 10-07-18, 05:34 PM
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Came across this gritty and grimey TREK Elance, paid 30 bucks for it and probably paid way too much for it. At first I thought I could always do a repaint, Then I noticed the dents where someone tried to put a kickstand on when i got home. They are not too bad but they are there, I might just build it up to be my rain bike and just leave it how it is.






















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I've been thinking about what I will do with them when I can no longer ride them. But I believe you also will be out of the running at that time. I have a 1980 414 coming home with me in June, so it's possible. I don't need to be greedy.
Nah, that's one of those bikes you keep a hold of for a VERY long time.
And yes, the arthritis in my hands will one day dictate a difficult decision in regards to the bikes.
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Regarding my previous post about the grimey TREK what would you all do with it?
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Regarding my previous post about the grimey TREK what would you all do with it?
Hopefully the chainstays aren't crushed enough to affect tubing strength. I've got a couple of frames with similar issues, but because the damage is limited to the bottom of the stays, no one knows it's there but me.
That's a decent frame that should provide a nice ride. I would clean it up, rebuild what needs rebuilding and ride it.
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Regarding my previous post about the grimey TREK what would you all do with it?

I'd keep it if I had room for it. It should be an excellent back up bike. If it were me though, I would probably touch up the paint only because I am pretty good at it. But that is just me.

The dents in the bottom of the chainstay look Ok to me.
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Came across this gritty and grimey TREK Elance, paid 30 bucks for it and probably paid way too much for it. At first I thought I could always do a repaint, Then I noticed the dents where someone tried to put a kickstand on when i got home. They are not too bad but they are there, I might just build it up to be my rain bike and just leave it how it is.
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Regarding my previous post about the grimey TREK what would you all do with it?
My personal opinion... The 1987 Trek 400 Elance is a really sweet bike. This bike has a butted 531 main frame with Tru-Temper CrMo stays and fork. Essentially, the 531 frame with CrMo fork and stays was a 600 series bike prior to 1986. Look at the geometry specs- it's a fairly steep front end, but the chainstays are longer than a race bike, but shorter than a tourer- it's the textbook "sports tourer" with rack mounts, dual bottle mounts, pump peg, integrated chain hanger, and an all-purpose body- and it can fit at least 700c x 32 tires. While the frame is really cool and quality and versatile- the stock components were pretty middle of the road. Definitely not bad- but nothing particularly grail-worthy (but the FD is pretty cool).

I've upgraded almost all the parts on my 1986 Trek 400 Elance to upper level stuff- Tri-color 600, Maillard 600 and 700 level hubs, XC Pro and XC Comp derailleurs, Avocet (Ofmega) cranks... I think it's an amazingly beautiful bike and it rides very nicely. However, the paint on mine is in better shape than yours. I think if this were considered a 600 series frame, there wouldn't be a whole lot of argument against a bike like this being worthy of a powder coat and good components.
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Chain stays don't look bad. Maybe clean up the frame as good as you can, get rid of the rust, touch it up, or even just clear coat the whole thing. It'll have that "road worn" look to it. Then build it up. It'll be a great rider. And you wont have to worry about that first scratch.
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My personal opinion... The 1987 Trek 400 Elance is a really sweet bike. This bike has a butted 531 main frame with Tru-Temper CrMo stays and fork. Essentially, the 531 frame with CrMo fork and stays was a 600 series bike prior to 1986. Look at the geometry specs- it's a fairly steep front end, but the chainstays are longer than a race bike, but shorter than a tourer- it's the textbook "sports tourer" with rack mounts, dual bottle mounts, pump peg, integrated chain hanger, and an all-purpose body- and it can fit at least 700c x 32 tires. While the frame is really cool and quality and versatile- the stock components were pretty middle of the road. Definitely not bad- but nothing particularly grail-worthy (but the FD is pretty cool).

I've upgraded almost all the parts on my 1986 Trek 400 Elance to upper level stuff- Tri-color 600, Maillard 600 and 700 level hubs, XC Pro and XC Comp derailleurs, Avocet (Ofmega) cranks... I think it's an amazingly beautiful bike and it rides very nicely. However, the paint on mine is in better shape than yours. I think if this were considered a 600 series frame, there wouldn't be a whole lot of argument against a bike like this being worthy of a powder coat and good components.

This is what I was looking for, I know it is a decent bike quality wise. As we all do I really love these TREK bikes, I just wasn't sure if it was really worth putting money into it. I have no problem putting it to use as my main winter rain bike. Regarding the stays they are not super compressed, its like someone started to put pressure on them and realized what they were doing and backed off. I have my I also have my 1980 TREK 412 that is in way more decent shape than this.

If it was a good enough bike I was thinking about approaching my friend Andrew Cooper to see if it was possible to replace the chain stays and do a frame repaint. Andrew Cooper
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If you have a friend willing to help with a repaint, why not? Not to be negative, but there are other areas of that frame in need of paint as well :|

If it were me, I’d build it up now, wax the frame thoroughly and ride it a bunch to see if she rides well enough to warrant a repaint. If not, maybe just a cleanup and rattle can job to prevent worse rust. But either way I’d get to know her first.
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