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alexihnen 02-07-20 12:18 PM

1999 Trek USPS with number tab?
 
I've come across this bike for sale and have been searching for information on USPS team bikes or other examples of a 1999 bike with the number tab. I know this isn't something that people fake in general, but anyone seen one with one of these?

Pics of the bike:


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d56e68034a.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d74806aefe.jpg

Lance's 1999 bike doesn't have a number tab:

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8be1145a0e.jpg

Looks like tabs on some team bikes at 1999 Redlands:

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1d571a9e57.jpg

Wildwood 02-07-20 12:41 PM

Number tabs were not too unusual on racy type bikes in Europe, bitd. But I can't ever remember seeing them on any production bikes from usa companies.
This is a Merckx shipped to usa from Belgium, not a team bike.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7c88e24a03.jpg

Wildwood 02-07-20 01:30 PM

The number tab on the Trek appears to be metal and likely glued on.
Can't imagine that it is anything but a Team bike, given the perfect color match.

But there are a bunch of people out there who take pride in modifying a bike to suit their fantasy dream. Such a simple addition could made by almost anyone.

alexihnen 02-07-20 01:37 PM

Right. It seems genuine. Seems that for the early years of USPS at least, race bikes were identical to production bikes. That's cool, but I suppose means that a team bike doesn't hold much extra cache. Maybe if there was a verified tie to a specific rider or event.

Rajflyboy 02-07-20 03:45 PM

Look for some EPO left behind in the seat tube

then you will know for sure :lol:

This bicycle is a cool find :thumb:

livedarklions 02-07-20 03:56 PM

That's not a number tab, it's for holding the IV bag.

caloso 02-07-20 04:31 PM


Originally Posted by alexihnen (Post 21318344)
Right. It seems genuine. Seems that for the early years of USPS at least, race bikes were identical to production bikes. That's cool, but I suppose means that a team bike doesn't hold much extra cache. Maybe if there was a verified tie to a specific rider or event.

I think that was a real point of pride for the Trek folks at the time: that you could walk into your LBS and ride out with a TdF-ready bike. (It certainly worked on me: I bought a '00 5200, which was the lower spec, but raced it to my Cat 3 upgrade)

Rajflyboy 02-07-20 07:06 PM

Where do you find them?

wesmamyke 02-07-20 07:09 PM

There was some weirdness at Trek around then too. I had a Trek 8000 mountain bike from '98 I think, it was a non standard color and lacked the disc mount the production models all had. I think they did running production changes as they needed to the US made stuff, and at the time that was still a good chunk of the catalog.

Rajflyboy 02-07-20 07:14 PM

Revival of The “Too Much Trek” thread

:lol:

livedarklions 02-08-20 03:35 AM


Originally Posted by Rajflyboy (Post 21318844)
Revival of The “Too Much Trek” thread

:lol:


I'd ride the hell out of that bike quite happily. I'd also enjoy both the aesthetics and the built-in one-liners.

Rajflyboy 02-08-20 06:16 AM


Originally Posted by livedarklions (Post 21319135)
I'd ride the hell out of that bike quite happily. I'd also enjoy both the aesthetics and the built-in one-liners.

Trek is good and Bontrager too.

alexihnen 02-09-20 05:29 PM

I’m going to pass on the bike, but here’s a link if anyone’s interested.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...1374234003388/


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