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Old 08-21-17, 02:15 PM
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2001 Trek 7700 - Saved from the Trash

This was laying out on the parkway along with another bike next to our neighbors trash cans on trash night. Actually, both bikes were piled on top of each other and it was hard to tell exactly what was there. The wheels had been removed and just laying there in the pile. They were both covered with about an inch of dirt and grease. But with a can of mineral spirits, 2 new tires and tubes and a new chain...!!

I was researching Trek's archives and found the catalog for 2001 and in it they said that this was their top of the line Hybrid for that year. It really seems more like a cross between a Comfort and a Hybrid. Regardless, I'm keeping it. From what I can tell from my research it is still stock. It actually had the original tires on it from 2001.

This is going to be my ride to the gym and store. Mostly for chores. Seeing as how I only have $56 invested in it, if it's stolen I'm not going to freak out. I do want to lighten it up a bit and get rid of that stem and seatpost, but no rush for now. The other thing is that the drivetrain is Shimano Nexave. Really a weird setup. The front der connects to the crank and not the seat-tube. The shifters move some sort of internal gear in the der housing and the force of you peddling moves the chain up and down.

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Great find. Yeah, I think that was basically the aluminum version of their Multi Track series, and that then morphed into the 7100/7200/7300/7400 series hybrids they had in the mid-2000s (which turned into the present-day Verve). Those tires look real sharp on it.

What a deal!
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Old 08-21-17, 04:16 PM
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Nice find! Amazing what a little bit of time and elbow grease will do.
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Old 08-21-17, 07:04 PM
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People are sometimes clueless as to bikes. And bikes do age fairly well, even covered in grease and dirt.
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Old 08-21-17, 07:48 PM
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People are sometimes clueless as to bikes.
You're telling me. Although this is not a hybrid (Trek 5200), this is the other one that was in the pile. Someone replaced the road bars for flat bars but that can be fixed easy enough. The shifters and brake levers are XTR. They're coming off this bike and going on my 7.4 FX. The other great thing was that they are both my size too! I've gone over all of the frame and I do not see any problems in it whatsoever. The only blemishes are small paint chips.

I'm telling you, I really scored the other day big time!


[IMG]Trek by Photos Mike, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 08-21-17, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
You're telling me. Although this is not a hybrid (Trek 5200), this is the other one that was in the pile. Someone replaced the road bars for flat bars but that can be fixed easy enough. The shifters and brake levers are XTR. They're coming off this bike and going on my 7.4 FX. The other great thing was that they are both my size too! I've gone over all of the frame and I do not see any problems in it whatsoever. The only blemishes are small paint chips.

I'm telling you, I really scored the other day big time!


[IMG]Trek by Photos Mike, on Flickr[/IMG]
Is that carbon?
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Old 08-21-17, 08:32 PM
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Yes. It now has new tires and tubes, a new chain and 1 der cable. It's a 2001 Trek 5200. I almost forgot, I did have to get the rear wheel trued.
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WOW.

That 5200 is sweet.
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Excellent finds! Congrats!
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Thanks everyone. Things like this don't usually happen to me. The whole time I was loading them into the car I kept thinking that somethings got to be wrong. I kept hoping I'm not lugging home someone else's trash.
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Both are sweet looking bikes, but you scored a carbon road bike?!?! Who has ever done that?

Way to go - it's like you won a bike lottery!
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Thanks everyone. Things like this don't usually happen to me. The whole time I was loading them into the car I kept thinking that somethings got to be wrong. I kept hoping I'm not lugging home someone else's trash.

Tomorrow on Craigslist your see "Stolen: Two bikes from the end of our driveway". LOL.
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Wow, what I find! I found this post after Googling the 2001 Trek 7700. As a fellow owner, here's my story:

Bought in Singapore in 2002. It was in the first store I went into to look for a bike, and it was such a lovely ride I bought it without looking further.
Fell off the bike the day after I bought it with only 37km on the odometer. I was at a near standstill, trying to work out where that ratchet clicking in the front derailleur mechanism was coming from, and broke my hip despite having nary a scratch from the fall.
Since then I've clocked up 50,800 km and it is still my one and only bike. It's done close to 36,000km in Singapore, a few in Indonesia and Malaysia, and the rest in Australia since returning in 2010.

There aren't many original parts though! The rims wore dangerously thin after about 40,000km (replaced with Shimano RS30 wheels), the rear derailleur wore out in the mid 30,000s (replaced with a Nexave RD-C600, which seems almost identical other than colour). The crank, front derailleur and front gear shifter were replaced a couple of years ago when the bottom bracket thread in the frame wore out and I needed to move to a threadless bottom bracket. (the thread wore out when I ignored a noisy bottom bracket that needed tightening). I'm on my second CR2032 battery in the Cateye Mity I bought with the bike.

All in all a fantastic bike, that I never imagined I would still be riding 16 years after I bought it. It has brought me to so many memorable places, and lately takes me part of the way on my daily commute. I hope you enjoyed my story.

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I hope you enjoyed my story.
I sure did! Thanks for taking your time to share it with us.
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So you like the 7200 more than the 5200? They would be up on a CL if they were mine.
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So you like the 7200 more than the 5200? They would be up on a CL if they were mine.
They both serve a purpose right now. The 5200 is my "road" bike and I use the 7700 as a "beater" bike. I take the 7700 to the gym and store. I also have a nice U-lock for it. But as I said in my original post... I use it as sort of a sacrificial bike. Even though I lock it up, if it were to be stolen I'm really only out tube, tires and a chain. We also have grand kids that are hitting the age where they fit these bike and it's nice to have something for them to ride when they come over.
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Two beautiful bikes there. Good save!
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