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Old 11-21-14, 05:50 AM
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Old Trek fit

I am pleased with the fit of my old Trek (1977). I would like to know if any of you more experienced C/V folks could suggest other bikes that offer similar qualities?
I would like to start on a new project, but lack hands on experience of evaluating multiple Marques to narrow my search. I have owned several Treks 1977-1984. All 22 1/2" frames.
I'm looking for a quality sport/touring configuration.
Thank you for your insight.
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So you've got a 77 TX900?

That's going to be Trek's 70s "racing" geometry- it's pretty much a touring geometry with shorter chainstays.

What's really nice is that Vintage Trek has all the catalogs, with all the geometry charts- so you can compare other bikes' geometries.
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Schwinn frames of Columbus Tenax tubing or if you get real lucky a Schwinn Pelaton with Columbus SL. Voyageur, Super Sport, Tempo and Prelude from the 1980-1989.
Motobecane Grand Touring, Jubilee, Grand Record.
Miyata 610 and higher numbered bikes.

I often search by terms as Reynolds 531, Shimano 600, or Campagnolo, but often the sellers who know the good stuff will also ask more than the sellers who think all Shimano is the same.
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Sport touring? That kind of geometry is rather common in the Vintage world. What strikes your fancy? Some Italian? French? British?

It's really hard to not own more Treks.

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Buy more lugged Treks, they're awesome, and highly undervalued.
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Steel Merckx with century geometry.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post

It's really hard to not own more Treks.
Word. I generally jump for any that are close to my size - if I can't ride it, one of my friends probably can (or should )
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Word. I generally jump for any that are close to my size - if I can't ride it, one of my friends probably can (or should )
Lots of Trek love out there and much of it deserved, but make sure the frame fits your purpose - they made a lot of bikes. Mine have moved on.

edit - maybe i should be on the lookout for the right model in the right size.
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Yes - my years/models of interest are in a relatively narrow band, thanks to experience and this forum.
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Raleigh is another company to look at. The Gran Sport, pre-GS Competition and the International are near what you're looking for. Of course, a Trek sport tourer will most likely be less expensive than those Raleighs. I'm often surprised how inexpensive the 500 and 600 series Treks still are and they are very nice bikes.
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Lots of Trek love out there and much of it deserved, but make sure the frame fits your purpose - they made a lot of bikes. Mine have moved on.

edit - maybe i should be on the lookout for the right model in the right size.
Are you saying that the Treks you've had didn't fit or didn't serve your purpose? Or are those just polite ways of saying 'they didn't work for you'?
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Thanks to everyone, some good ideas here. I don't have to be convinced to buy another Trek, I'm a believer, however it's all I buy and thought I might be missing something.

Yes, my bike is a 77 tx900. Actually I have 2. My only bikes. I do that so I can ride every day. They are not restored so not much to look at. I like friction so they both are equipped with Suntour Superbe.

This is is a very nice forum. Thanks for letting me play.
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Thanks to everyone, some good ideas here. I don't have to be convinced to buy another Trek, I'm a believer, however it's all I buy and thought I might be missing something.

Yes, my bike is a 77 tx900. Actually I have 2. My only bikes. I do that so I can ride every day. They are not restored so not much to look at. I like friction so they both are equipped with Suntour Superbe.

This is is a very nice forum. Thanks for letting me play.
Welcome. It's getting to be time to post photos of your bikes. Funky or not, the TX's are some good looking bikes.
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Welcome. It's getting to be time to post photos of your bikes. Funky or not, the TX's are some good looking bikes.
I will try to do that, this is my first time joining a forum. Sorta learning as I go. I am old so I learn these things very slowly.
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I will give it a go. Old pics but you get the idea.
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I will give it a go. Old pics but you get the idea.
Yeah, that's a fine start. It's the second one green?

Post new photos here, when you're ready: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...your-trek.html
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Yeah, that's a fine start. It's the second one green?

Post new photos here, when you're ready: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...your-trek.html
Yes, green metallic. I have seen references about a thread about photographing bikes. I was not able to find it using the search.
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Yes, green metallic. I have seen references about a thread about photographing bikes. I was not able to find it using the search.
Here's some really good bike photography tips:

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Are you saying that the Treks you've had didn't fit or didn't serve your purpose? Or are those just polite ways of saying 'they didn't work for you'?
I only owned 2 Treks, both were sport/touring and just didn't hit the sweet spot for me, even the 1985 600 Series with 531cs frameset. So I guess you could say the brand was never on my priority list.
My rides these last few years are mostly less than 2 hours, so I've migrated the vintage toward racy bikes with tubular wheelsets.
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I only owned 2 Treks, both were sport/touring and just didn't hit the sweet spot for me, even the 1985 600 Series with 531cs frameset. So I guess you could say the brand was never on my priority list.
My rides these last few years are mostly less than 2 hours, so I've migrated the vintage toward racy bikes with tubular wheelsets.
I hear ya.

Now a 770 should drop into your lap.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I only owned 2 Treks, both were sport/touring and just didn't hit the sweet spot for me, even the 1985 600 Series with 531cs frameset. So I guess you could say the brand was never on my priority list.
My rides these last few years are mostly less than 2 hours, so I've migrated the vintage toward racy bikes with tubular wheelsets.
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I hear ya.

Now a 770 should drop into your lap.
Or a 760.
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Thanks, nice ideas. I'll try to post something newer and better executed.
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