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Old 04-13-19, 12:18 AM
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New addition to the family...



'79 710 in great shape, only couple nicks, but otherwise paint is glossy! This ones a keeper!
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Old 04-13-19, 05:44 PM
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Lovely! Cyclone derailleurs?
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A keeper 100%--those 710s ride so wonderfully! The steel grey color looks great too, and really helps the silver pieces and black tires etc pop.
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Old 04-13-19, 09:23 PM
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This thread is not helping my self control... I've always wanted a vintage Trek. Beautiful bikes! Love yours abshipp!
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Old 04-13-19, 10:31 PM
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I thought I'd share a post ride pic, 1992 1400. I swapped wheels for now, but have another pair that might be better. Tossed in a new chain and cassette, brake pads, and bar tape. But it feels good on the road, like it wants my fat ass to get it moving...
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Old 04-15-19, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
That's lookin' cool!

That's cool with the cantis in the front- when I put together my Trek 400 Elance, I specifically chose and acquired 6400 series Tricolor brakes- dual pivot in the front from one set, and single pivot in the rear from another set of brakes. Having the best stopping brakes with the most modulation in the front makes the most sense!

It's cool seeing a bike like yours converted to 650B. I'm starting to get the hankering for a 650B conversion on one of my 70s Treks...

Oh, and you're right! The B132 bars are the cat's pyjamas! I think they do make a wider version these days- even though you'd think 44s would be plenty wide- because they're measured from the ends- and the ends splay way out- you still end up with something like 39 at the hoods. I love the rise and the ramps on these- plus I think they look the best from the side- with the parallel ramp and drop portions.
Thanks!

I very much appreciate the cantis in the front. I was not terribly happy with the braking performance of the Tektro 559s on the front, and the cantis are much better, even though I wouldn't look forward to a wet descent. Thankfully around here it's pretty hard to get yourself in that situation

That's great news about the B132s in a wider version. I'm pretty sure that I have the 44cm ones since that was the biggest I could go, but I'm using my Acorn Rando bag because the Swift Ozette I bought for this bike is a little too wide to sit between the ramps without rubbing my fingers. I'm thinking either B132s or Noodles, but I think the B132s will win out simply for the sake of familiarity. I hate changing bars with integrated shifters, so I'm less inclined to try something new
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Old 04-15-19, 03:48 PM
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Old 04-18-19, 04:59 PM
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So many lookers!!
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Old 04-18-19, 08:10 PM
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Better pics...

Love the patriotic fade on that one!!!
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Old 05-01-19, 05:03 PM
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Picked up this '85 830 today. Been looking for a large framed early mountain bike for a long time and this one fits the bill, nicely. Needs a cleanup and will lose the kickstand, rack, disc, and current saddle. Interestingly, comes with 501 tubing from '84, instead of the catalogued True Temper, which is just fine with me. It's a bit lighter and more lively than I was expecting. Not a Cadillac, maybe more like a Caprice Classic, or Cordoba. Anyway, it's going to make a great commuter/trail rider.



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Old 05-01-19, 09:07 PM
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Gorgeous!
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Old 05-02-19, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Sedgemop View Post
Picked up this '85 830 today. Been looking for a large framed early mountain bike for a long time and this one fits the bill, nicely. Needs a cleanup and will lose the kickstand, rack, disc, and current saddle. Interestingly, comes with 501 tubing from '84, instead of the catalogued True Temper, which is just fine with me. It's a bit lighter and more lively than I was expecting. Not a Cadillac, maybe more like a Caprice Classic, or Cordoba. Anyway, it's going to make a great commuter/trail rider.

Nice choice!

I see so many old gas pipe mountain bikes on Craigslist that it's refreshing to see yours with the butted Reynolds 501 sticker and the '800 Series' decal. I think that's the same tubing that was used on the mid-80's Trek 500 series 'sport' and 'tour' bikes - good stuff . Your frame/fork is worth spending some money on to make this bike what you want it to be.

Good luck!
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Old 05-02-19, 09:30 AM
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^^^^^^^ +1; love those early cantis. That year was definitely the "cusp" - new-ish graphics, combined with the old-school headbadge, and probably one of the few MTB/ATBs with the TREK stamped on the seat stay caps.

Is that a bull moose? Hard to tell from the angle.
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Old 05-02-19, 02:57 PM
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Nice choice!

I see so many old gas pipe mountain bikes on Craigslist that it's refreshing to see yours with the butted Reynolds 501 sticker and the '800 Series' decal. I think that's the same tubing that was used on the mid-80's Trek 500 series 'sport' and 'tour' bikes - good stuff . Your frame/fork is worth spending some money on to make this bike what you want it to be.

Good luck!
Thanks, I'm really looking forward to getting into it. Thinking about putting an old Brooks I've got on it and some leather grips. Whichever I do, I'll post some "after" photos.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
^^^^^^^ +1; love those early cantis. That year was definitely the "cusp" - new-ish graphics, combined with the old-school headbadge, and probably one of the few MTB/ATBs with the TREK stamped on the seat stay caps.

Is that a bull moose? Hard to tell from the angle.
Yeah, you got it: "the cusp.". Wanted to stay in that sweet spot of of friction thumbshifters, lugged fork, and bullmoose bars. This one has all that.
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I have two older Treks.

The first is my favorite bicycle by far. 1978 Trek 510 in chestnut. I got it as a frame almost 10 years ago. I had it built up as touring bike with a rack front and rear. The parts were an odd mix but got the job done. I rode it up until about two years ago. I discovered I had a cracked dropout on the drive side. I was super bummed to say the least. I'm contemplating how to get it fixed. Most likely I'll get a new correct replacement dropout then have to get it repainted. It'll be a process that's for sure. Right now I'm planning to build it up and hang it on my wall. One day I'll get it riding again. If anyone has a spare Suntour GS drive side dropout for sale, I want it.

I also have a 1986 400 Trek Elance. It's in great shape. All original except the rubber, housing, cables, and probably the chain. I bought it because I could, it fits me, it was in great shape and it's the year I was born.

Once I can post pics I will.
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Three Treks: a 1978 Trek TX 900, a 1982 Trek 720, and a 1993 Trek 950



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Three Treks: a 1978 Trek TX 900, a 1982 Trek 720, and a 1993 Trek 950



Very nice TX900. I've had all the TX's except that one. Would like to have one someday. What you got to say about the ride quality? I guess it's a little racier than the TX700, right? I know the chain stays are shorter.
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Very nice TX900. I've had all the TX's except that one. Would like to have one someday. What you got to say about the ride quality? I guess it's a little racier than the TX700, right? I know the chain stays are shorter.
It's a racing bike but it's sort an in betweener in terms of geometry. By the 80s, racing bikes moved to short reach brakes and short chain stays. Depending on the geometry, max tire size might be limited to as little as 25c. The TX 900 takes long or standard reach brakes and it has eyelets. So in some ways, the geometry is not that different from what was the norm in the 70s. Racing bikes were designed for rough roads and could take a fairly big tire. They had eyelets as well.

I really like the TX 900 because it closer to what was the norm for a racing bike in the 70s than what became the norm in the 80s. I like a little fatter tire. It could take a 32c but I'm running it with a 28c.
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This thread reminds me that I still regret letting go of my Trek 400. It was a great riding bike.
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Old 05-29-19, 04:25 PM
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Didn't you score another 720 or two?
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1989 950


1990 7000


1992 1400, seen a few posts above...
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My 1978 Trek 510. I love this bike.



When I first got it built up and before I learned which side to take a picture from. This was 10 years ago


Probably 5 or so years later


The most recent build. It didn't last long and I never road it this way. I realized I had a cracked drive side drop out.
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1990 7000
EPIC photo! Love all the angles, and the rock. Perfect.
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Awesome photo. This brings back fond memories of my 90's mountain biking days
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