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Old 08-23-19, 04:57 PM
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1992 Trek 1400 road bike, Is it worth fixing?

I have a 28 year old Trek 1400 road bike, if I remember correctly it comes with 7 speed rear cassette. My both of wheels got stolen and need a chain replaced as well. Will a bike shop have trouble finding the right parts? I think I'm gonna run into compatibility issues...like cassette not working right with the wheel and shift lever... can you please assist.
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Right parts aren't an issue, right price likely is.

I can buy one of those complete, ready to ride, for $2-300 all day long.
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Right parts aren't an issue, right price likely is.

I can buy one of those complete, ready to ride, for $2-300 all day long.
Thanks for the unhelpful post... sounds like you don't have knowledge nor experience in this regard (replacements / upgrades/ compatibilities).
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If it is a 1992 Trek 1400, the color scheme is Trek red with white decals. The 1400 model was made intermittently from 1989 to 1997.
I agree that you can restore it but would the cost be worth it?. I looked up the 1994 version on bicycle blue book to see what components were on that year and they are pretty decent. It was a $1K bike new in 1994. You can pick up a set of used wheels (650 or 26") on eBay with the cassette on it for under $100. A 7 speed KMC chain KMC X8.93 chain is $10 from the right seller. Then you have the tires and tubes. You would have maybe $200 in it if you buy stuff mail order but forget buying them from the LBS. New wheels would be that much at most bike shops.
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If it is a 1992 Trek 1400, the color scheme is Trek red with white decals. The 1400 model was made intermittently from 1989 to 1997.
I agree that you can restore it but would the cost be worth it?. I looked up the 1994 version on bicycle blue book to see what components were on that year and they are pretty decent. It was a $1K bike new in 1994. You can pick up a set of used wheels (650 or 26") on eBay with the cassette on it for under $100. A 7 speed KMC chain KMC X8.93 chain is $10 from the right seller. Then you have the tires and tubes. You would have maybe $200 in it if you buy stuff mail order but forget buying them from the LBS. New wheels would be that much at most bike shops.
Thanks for the insight... I looked at ebay and found the wheels that meet the same spec as my bike: 700c wheels (Shimano RX100 hub w/ 7 speed cassette) and a front wheel from other brand... they didn't have a matching pair so the shipping is doubled, totaling $150 for both wheels with shipping and tax. That's still not bad...
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Thanks for the unhelpful post... sounds like you don't have knowledge nor experience in this regard (replacements / upgrades/ compatibilities).
That's the point, I do and have.
You have a 28 year old upper middle level bike that is missing items.

You'll need wheels, chain, cables, brake pads, tire, tubes, bar tape and other small items. Older Uniglide freehub parts are out there, but you won't walk in a shop and buy them.
Do you have the tools and knowledge to do it yourself or will you have to pay the LBS to do the work? Upgrades, yeah doable. common 68 mm English threaded BB, but a 126mm OLD rear spacing will limit you to 7 speed.
The fact is unless you can source parts cheap and do the work yourself, your going to have $400 into a $200 bike. If it's sentimental, I get it, if it's just, well, I have this and it seems a shame just to get rid of it, it's a losing proposition.

I have been there and done that upgrading old Treks to 10 speed drivetrains.


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Originally Posted by Cheez View Post
I have a 28 year old Trek 1400 road bike, if I remember correctly it comes with 7 speed rear cassette. My both of wheels got stolen and need a chain replaced as well. Will a bike shop have trouble finding the right parts? I think I'm gonna run into compatibility issues...like cassette not working right with the wheel and shift lever... can you please assist.
Yes you can update it. Yes you can upgrade it. No a shop that is competent wont have a difficult time getting it back in riding shape.

All that is in general. It depends on what you want to spend. This still will always be cheaper if.you buy the parts and do the work, versus a shop doing the work. What you want to change/update isn't difficult and doesnt require expensive tools. YouTube and Google will get you thru anything bike related.

Velomine is a good website for prebuilt wheels with quality components.
There is no reason to buy mismatched used wheels with 25 year old mid-level hubs when there are new wheelsets available in that price range.

https://www.velomine.com/index.php?m...oducts_id=3805

https://www.velomine.com/index.php?m...oducts_id=3782

https://www.velomine.com/index.php?m...oducts_id=2867
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This forum wouldn't allow me to post as it has a limit on # of posts allowed for new members...very inconvenient.

Thanks for the insights to the last two posters above me. Nice bike setup you got there.. and to the last poster, wish you posted that store link earlier so I can buy wheels from them instead.. I already ordered last night a Vintage Sun Mistral 700c rear wheel with 7 SPD cassette and a Vintage Araya 700c front wheel on ebay for under $140... aren't they from the 80's??!! It sounds old.... they look ugly too.

Anyways, I ordered all the rest I need to get my biking going:
- Continental Gatorskin tires
- Continental tubes 2 pack + 2 more pack for back up
- Shimano HG71 chain
- a pair of cycling shoes w/ cleats
- 2 × water bottles
- Flat tire repair kit + pump

And turned out my front & rear brakes are shot...rusted/seized cables. LBS said $80 to fix that + new handlebar tape is required... I will have them install the chain as well (I don't have the tools to do it myself). All this will come out to over $500....

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Thanks for the unhelpful post... sounds like you don't have knowledge nor experience in this regard (replacements / upgrades/ compatibilities).
you did put "is it worth fixing" in the subject line.

His post was very helpful, and a direct answer to your question.
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Thanks for the unhelpful post... sounds like you don't have knowledge nor experience in this regard (replacements / upgrades/ compatibilities).
And, you proved his point, parts for old Treks are easy to find. And, your spending 500 bucks to make at best, a 300 dollar bike rideable.
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And, you proved his point, parts for old Treks are easy to find. And, your spending 500 bucks to make at best, a 300 dollar bike rideable.
Tim
His first post was too short and didn't provide any useful info for me... I wouldn't try to pick a fight if I were you... and my bike was $800 when new, then shortly later upgraded the crank set and seat post to high end Campagnolo...with a top of the line roloff chain. The bike was worth over $1000...

I don't care if my bike lost value tremendously or not. This bike was a gift from and I don't want to dispose it. This bike will also be used as a backup bike if I were to buy a new bike it will be in the several thousand dollar range. So compared to that $500 upgrade is cheap.
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if I were to buy a new bike it will be in the several thousand dollar range. So compared to that $500 upgrade is cheap.
And a new bike would probably be worse quality wise.
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And, you proved his point, parts for old Treks are easy to find. And, your spending 500 bucks to make at best, a 300 dollar bike rideable.
Tim
But that needn't be the only way to look at a hobby.
If the bike fits great, if it has sentimental value, if it's a sweet color- all that is legitimate and is perhaps reason to restore the old bike.
Also, if he spends $500 and has a great working bike- then he is almost for sure ahead in quality/value compared to any road bike he could buy new for the same amount.

I refurbish 80s/early 90s road bikes all the time and update them to STI shifting- what it costs is significantly lower than a similar quality new bike. And a similar priced new bike is lower quality(headset, crank, shifting, brakes, etc).
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why ask "is it worth fixing" then turn around and argue that it is worth fixing, and justify the cost. what is the point?
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I've resurrected a number of old bikes, though they were usually in worse shape than your Trek. I also maintain and repair a lot of old things, rather than replacing them. In my view the repair-versus-replace decision is strongly influenced by how patient you are to get it done, and how much work you're willing to do yourself. For instance, can you wait for a pair of nice second hand wheels to show up somewhere? Build your own wheels? I build my own wheels, and wait for parts to go on discount. Those brake cables should be a DIY job. Search for NOS and second hand parts on eBay? There's piles of parts out there, for those bikes.

This is not to encourage or discourage your project, but just to illustrate that you can influence the cost if you want.

Now, one thing I'd ask before proceeding: Were you 100% absolutely delighted with the fit of the bike before the wheels got stolen? People (including myself) tended to buy bikes that were too big during that era. I have a pristine 1983 Trek frame hanging on my wall that I will never ride again because it's too big. One reason to buy a new, or new-to-you bike, is to really dial in how you want a bike to fit.
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This forum wouldn't allow me to post as it has a limit on # of posts allowed for new members...very inconvenient.

Thanks for the insights to the last two posters above me. Nice bike setup you got there.. and to the last poster, wish you posted that store link earlier so I can buy wheels from them instead.. I already ordered last night a Vintage Sun Mistral 700c rear wheel with 7 SPD cassette and a Vintage Araya 700c front wheel on ebay for under $140... aren't they from the 80's??!! It sounds old.... they look ugly too.(
Those new wheels would have posed issues. Your vintage 7 speed Ultraglide cassette would not fit on the modern hyperglide freehub. The splines are different as well as the locking mechanism.You would have needed a new cassette and spacer to fit a HG freehub. In addition they would be spaced at 130mm. Depending on your existing spacing you would need to pull apart the dropouts whenever you installed the wheel. You could not do a permanent respace due to that being an aluminum frame. There is a chance the frame was spaced 128mm as it was a transition period and it would be a minor job to insert the wheel.

Are you sure the wheel you purchased is a cassette and not a freewheel? Freewheel isn't a deal breaker, but depending on brand it may or may not index well with your shifters. If you run friction, no problem. A new Shimano 7 speed HG freewheel is readily available at reasonable price. f it's a cassette, replacements for worn ultraglide cogs are no longer made, with limited availability on Ebay etc
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"Is it worth fixing?" depends on what you plan to do with it afterward.

If you are fixing it to sell, the answer is probably not.
If you are fixing it to use, the answer might be different.
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Gresp15c, thanks for the comment but I am running out of time as I'm currently homeless ( live in the woods) and people are vandalizing my car 2- 3 times a week...I don't have time for deep research and getting tools to learn to fix bike myself...it's an emergency that I gotta get my bike fixed ASAP so I can ride to work...will be using it as my transportation. I will be having my car stored at my Dad's place to avoid theft and vandalism. Yes my bike is a nice fit.... it's a nice frame and love my jewelry-like crankset and seat post. It would be too much of loss for me to dispose my bike..

Dedhed, thanks for the info on the compatibility issues. Glad I went with the old Vintage wheels then. Yes the rear wheel comes with the cassette and not freewheel.. at least that's what the description said by the seller.. that wheel looks like it would fit well as its hub is Shimano RX100.
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His first post was too short and didn't provide any useful info for me... I wouldn't try to pick a fight if I were you... and my bike was $800 when new, then shortly later upgraded the crank set and seat post to high end Campagnolo...with a top of the line roloff chain. The bike was worth over $1000...

I don't care if my bike lost value tremendously or not. This bike was a gift from and I don't want to dispose it. This bike will also be used as a backup bike if I were to buy a new bike it will be in the several thousand dollar range. So compared to that $500 upgrade is cheap.
Wow, a threat by one of the “perpetually offended”. No such thing as a fight on an Internet forum, just flame wars, or petty name calling, and if we were face to face, how do you know. Your the one that came here looking for advice, and or common sense. Next time give us the whole story in the initial post, or tell us the bike is a family heirloom, and you’ll get better responses.
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Gresp15c, thanks for the comment but I am running out of time as I'm currently homeless ( live in the woods...
That changes everything. Get a cheap cruiser at wally world or tar-jay. 100 bucks and you're in business. Learn from the homeless and low wage workers in your locale. A friend of mine who was homeless for a long time showed me how fine tuned his lifestyle was.
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I recently picked this 92 Trek 1400 up for $80. The wheels on it were no good, and needed some work. But I used a wheelset for 8,9,10 speed and a spacer, then slipped on a new 7 speed cassette. New brake pads, new bar tape, lots and lots of cleaning... And it rides great...

I recently gave it to my son in law....

He rides it with my daughter and her 98 Schwinn Passage... That is my 86 KHS Fiero in the middle...

I dare say, yes, your 92 1400 is worth keeping and getting out on.
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I recently picked this 92 Trek 1400 up for $80. The wheels on it were no good, and needed some work. But I used a wheelset for 8,9,10 speed and a spacer, then slipped on a new 7 speed cassette. New brake pads, new bar tape, lots and lots of cleaning... And it rides great...

I recently gave it to my son in law....

He rides it with my daughter and her 98 Schwinn Passage... That is my 86 KHS Fiero in the middle...

I dare say, yes, your 92 1400 is worth keeping and getting out on.
Thanks for the input.. and nice pics. That is a steal for $80 yikes.. so with 8-9-10 speed wheelset with a spacer did not give you trouble shifting? It fit well? Oh and mine is white... I will post pics once I get her up and running.
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Thanks for the input.. and nice pics. That is a steal for $80 yikes.. so with 8-9-10 speed wheelset with a spacer did not give you trouble shifting? It fit well? Oh and mine is white... I will post pics once I get her up and running.

Yep. Worked just fine. Only a slight adjustment needed.
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That is very cool... good to know that you can easily upgrade to those newer wheels. If I had more time to invest in this research I would have gotten those prettier (and lighter) wheels...

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That is very cool... good to know that you can easily upgrade to those newer wheels. If I had more time to invest in this research I would have gotten those prettier (and lighter) wheels...
I'm cheap, and patient. I've picked up a few sets of wheels for $60 a set or so, but also passed on a couple that were more, but in bad shape. I didn't catch a flaw in one set, the seam in the rim just catches the brake pad. Doesn't tear the pad, but is very very annoying when on the brakes. So I am looking to replace that set with something lighter now. At this point, for the bike I want them for, it may be worth it to get a nice NEW set...
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