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Old 07-25-11, 07:33 AM
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Trek 330 Elance.

After searching the local craigslist ads for weeks I finally turned to eBay. A week an half ago or so I bid on and "won" this bicycle. After reading the vintage Trek site I think it is a 1987, I know it is a 330 Elance, I am just not 100% on the year. When I picked the box up at the post office and then opened it at home, at first I was VERY nervous, it was very poorly packed and I expected the worst. But I can't find any damage caused by shipping. It is pretty nice shape. It has very liitle rust. I took some pictures, but be warned, they are poor quality. Our camera is dead so I used my cell phone. Which my phone normally does pretty well, but today they look awful. I promise to take nicer ones in the near future.

Do the forks look bent?







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Old 07-25-11, 07:33 AM
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as is always the case...the paint on those mid-late 80's Treks is just luscious. I've seen a few Treks of this vintage - a couple 330's - and they all had great paint. Some of the steel will need steel wool and polishing. New tires. Gray with White highlights... Suntour 5000... looks like an '87
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Sometimes you just have to turn to e-bay to find what you want. Especially when you start to get more picky. The packaging looks unconventional but if it survived the trip with no problems the guy must have done something right.

Your Elance looks great, whodda thunk grey & white would look so good together.
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Cool thanks. The headset and rear hub seem to have the worst rust. The paint and decals are all in great shape. Not the coolest color, but it's nice. The seat is like brand new. The trek brochure I looked at has the same seat. It even still has all the reflectors (I didn't install the front/rear ones and plan to remove the ones on the wheels too). So it's seems to be pretty original. I don't really care about that though, I just wanted a bike for a daily rider and this was in my budget.

As for tires, should I keep tan walls or go with all black? They are 700x28's.
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Old 07-25-11, 08:28 AM
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Mine wasn't a case of being picky. I had a pretty low budget and any time I found a bike in my price range it was gone fast. Faster than I could get there to look at it. Of course now that I have this one there have been a bunch posted in my price range, haha. I am happy though, so far anyway. I haven't been able to ride it because the tires are flat and I don't have the presta end to air them up. I think I will make a trip to the LBS if it stops storming to look for tires and tubes and an adapter for my pump.
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Get use to it, once you find one you will always find one better right around the corner.

If you don't mind waiting some online retailers like niagracycle & aebike will have better prices and selection than your LBS. But seeing as this is your first go to the bike shop and get it on the road sooner. You may want to add brake pads to the shopping list, 25 year old rubber does not stop as well as some new Koolstops.
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Thanks. I don't mind waiting actually. I didn't even think of brake pads, thanks for the reminder. I have had two road bikes a few years ago, but didn't keep either very long. I have always been more into dirt (BMX and MTB).

Plus I called the LBS and they don't have any 700x28 in stock and I want to stay with that size.
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No new pictures because I am not taking anymore until I can use my camera, but I had a couple small pieces of 0000 steel wool and the headset cleaned up beautifully. I ran out on the rear hub, but it is cleaning up nicely too. No pitting anywhere under the rust anywhere I have cleaned so far, it's basically wiping right off. That makes me happy.

Also the down tube shifters are indexed, weird, I was expecting friction shifters LOL.
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Old 07-30-11, 07:08 AM
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A slightly better picture I took this morning after a short ride. The headset and hubs cleaned up great. I have been messing with the RD because the shifter is indexed on that side and it clicks and then clicks back. It won't stay on the top cog unless I hold the shifter down until it shifts. The shifter then clicks back when I let go but it stays in gear. Not sure what needs adjusted, time to watch some videos I think.

Also this is a stupid question, is there a trick to getting the wheel reflectors come off? I tried to turning the white plastic "screw" but somebody has already stripped those. I've never had difficulty removing a reflector before LOL.

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Also this is a stupid question, is there a trick to getting the wheel reflectors come off? I tried to turning the white plastic "screw" but somebody has already stripped those. I've never had difficulty removing a reflector before LOL.
Use a pair of pliers to twist off those white plastic screws or just rock them a bit until they snap.

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Ha! I should have thought of that. I usually resort to brutal methods first so I wanted to ask here since you guys are so helpful, and before I broke a spoke or something .
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Old 07-30-11, 08:25 AM
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great looking Trek. how does the Alpha 5000 shift? my first ever new bike had Alpha 5000 on it so I have a real sweet spot for it
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Old 07-30-11, 09:51 AM
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Thanks. Other than needing adjusted for the last gear, it shifts really nice. A lot smoother than I expected. I know it's a cheap bike with low end components, but I am enjoying it. I need tires yet, those are still the originals so I don't want to ride it too much with those as I hear bad things can happen with old tires. I did replace the tubes so I could ride it a little until I can afford to get new tires.
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Nice bike, even for low end. I'd like to buy one of those for my boys to ride.

Panaracer Paselas seem to be the tires recommended most often. You can find them online for pretty cheap. You don't have to stick with 700c x 28; you could go to 25 or 23 if you wanted to. I am currently riding a pair of Continental Gatorskin 700 x 28 on one set of wheels on my bike and like them so far. But they are more expensive than the Paselas are; not sure they are worth the extra price.
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nlerner the reflectors came right off, thanks for the tip that I should have already tried before I posted .
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Nice ride! In pic #3 the fork almost does look bent, but the pic in the later post the fork looks just fine. Reminds me a lot of my old 1988 Trek 400T - look at all the room for tires in there!!! I used to run 38mm knobbies for trail rides on my olde Trek.
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I'd put on the fattest tires you can fit. I've got 32's on my Trek (they really measure 3omm thought). Nice find by the way, love that gray.
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Thanks guys.

I was wondering if 32's would fit. That's good to know. I definitely don't want to go any smaller in size that's for sure.
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A few random thoughts...

Sweet bike- regardless of the naming convention or your budget- there doesn't seem to be anything 'low end' about it.

Why are you removing the reflectors? I've found as I've gotten more into biking, I'm much more aware of bicyclists when I'm driving. I'm actively watching for them- unlike 99% of other drivers. Sometimes, near dusk or when it is dark- the "heads up" of a reflector glint is the difference in seeing someone or not seeing someone until you're right on top of them. I'm all in favor of increasing my visibility without making a spectacle or being obtrusive to the bike- and I think reflectors do that quite nicely, especially if I don't have my lights on my bike. I'm not criticizing you for doing it- just wondering why.

I was running 700x32 Paselas on my 86 400 Elance. Plenty of room, all around.

My 86 400 Elance is (ostensibly) made in the US- according to the brochure- yours shows Taiwan on the sticker- I don't know how much of a difference there is in the frames/forks themselves. FWIW- my fork shows:

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I don't know why, I just have never liked how reflectors look. Since I was a teenager the first thing I always did was remove the reflectors when I got a bike. Vanity I guess. The only time I will be out at dusk or dark is if I had a mechanical problem. I agree it definitely makes better safety sense to leave them on, I just never have. I tossed the wheel reflectors, however I still have the front and rear ones (with mounts) in case I ever did want to put them back on.

I said low end only because from what I read the and in the 1987 brochure I downloaded the 330 was Trek's budget bike .
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Figured I would update saying I sold the bike today already ($175 and sold in an hour). I just can't ride a road bike with my bad back and this bike was too nice to mod with high stem, riser bars, thumb shifters, etc. I think I will look for an old MTB and set it up in a way I can ride without pain. I love old road bikes, but I have to admit to myself after the two back surgeries my days of riding them are over. I think I will just keep admiring them on this forum and ride bikes I can actually ride lol.
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