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03-30-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By lonesomesteve

You might want to post build questions in the...

You might want to post build questions in the 650b conversion thread over in the Classic and Vintage forum. I'm happy to help where I can, but there are others subscribed to that thread who have a...
03-29-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By lonesomesteve

I had a Shutter Precision hub on my commuting...

I had a Shutter Precision hub on my commuting bike for two or three years. I probably put more than 10,000 miles on that hub, and a lot of those miles were in the rain. It worked flawlessly until the...
03-28-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,962
Posted By lonesomesteve

Yep, this is how I do it. I think I learned this...

Yep, this is how I do it. I think I learned this technique from a Hidetaka Hirose youtube video several years ago. Hirose was one of the masters.
03-24-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,962
Posted By lonesomesteve

I humbly submit Frek. One thing I...

I humbly submit Frek.

One thing I absolutely love about the old Treks that were build for 27" wheels is that the seatstay bridge tends to be in exactly the right place for fender mounting with...
02-07-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 241,605
Posted By lonesomesteve

You may want to check your serial number to...

You may want to check your serial number to confirm the year and model because I don't think there was such thing as a 400t Elance in 1982, but I do know that the two 614s, two 710s and a 311 all...
10-29-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,624
Posted By lonesomesteve

Counting the bikes I've built for my wife and...

Counting the bikes I've built for my wife and son, I suppose you could call this Frek V. Except that technically my wife's bike is a Fraleigh.
10-28-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,624
Posted By lonesomesteve

I no longer own any skinny tire bikes, but here's...

I no longer own any skinny tire bikes, but here's my most gravely all-road bike. It can comfortably handle anything that you might refer to as a "road."
...
09-02-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,350
Posted By lonesomesteve

I have Biopace rings on a Sugino AT crankset on...

I have Biopace rings on a Sugino AT crankset on my commuter/city bike. I've put about 9,500 miles on that setup and I think it works extremely well for the way I ride that bike. 'Tis true that I tend...
08-28-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,098
Posted By lonesomesteve

My mother taught me that you never ask an...

My mother taught me that you never ask an unmarried woman how many cats she has, and you never ask someone how much they spent on the components for their vintage bike build. ;)
08-26-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,098
Posted By lonesomesteve

I guess my Covid project fits pretty well in this...

I guess my Covid project fits pretty well in this thread. I just finished putting this together a couple of weeks ago. It's a 1982 Trek 710 to which I added cantilever posts, a few other braze-on...
08-23-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,417
Posted By lonesomesteve

I've owned three Treks with the dreaded Ishiwata...

I've owned three Treks with the dreaded Ishiwata CCL fork crown. I rode the first one for about 15,000 miles before it was stolen. The second one was ridden for about 5,000 miles and then sold in a...
08-19-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,499
Posted By lonesomesteve

I use cloth for all my bikes. It's just what...

I use cloth for all my bikes. It's just what feels and looks right to me. On the bikes that get ridden a lot I add a few coats of shellac. It makes the wrap much more durable and more attractive.
...
08-19-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,404
Posted By lonesomesteve

With a little clean up and some de-cluttering...

With a little clean up and some de-cluttering you'll have yourself a very special bike. Nice acquisition.
08-19-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 864
Posted By lonesomesteve

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1254x1407/84trek_17_526d2c425838950847f9528602d93f5db2a96b24.jpg
08-18-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,093
Posted By lonesomesteve

No idea why some bikes are faster than others,...

No idea why some bikes are faster than others, but on my normal 20 mile commute home, riding my '85 SR500, I'm usually about 3 - 5 minutes faster than on any other bike I own. This is a route I've...
08-18-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,860
Posted By lonesomesteve

Wow! You, my friend are a genuine rock star!! ...

Wow! You, my friend are a genuine rock star!!

I had to look up Steve Jay on Wikipedia. He sounds like one awesome dude and a rock star of the first order.

We're surrounded by greatness here in...
08-17-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,860
Posted By lonesomesteve

Ah shucks... That's awfully nice of you to say....

Ah shucks... That's awfully nice of you to say. But if I'm a rock star, then I'm the equivalent of the bass player in Weird Al Yankovic's band. Gugie... He's Keith Richards.
08-16-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,860
Posted By lonesomesteve

Here's a picture. ...

Here's a picture.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1018x768/frek_3c25a3789c4bb4fa39cf5d0e56de5ee419a4f653.png

It started life as a 1982 Trek 614. I added numerous...
08-15-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,860
Posted By lonesomesteve

Really? Another Trek 710?!

I just acquired a “new” (new to me, that is) 1982 Trek 710. It’s always fun to buy a new bike, but this acquisition was more fun than usual, so I thought I’d share the story here.

In the interest...
08-09-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,590
Posted By lonesomesteve

markwesti, that sure looks like Black Rock City....

markwesti, that sure looks like Black Rock City. Is it?
08-08-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,276
Posted By lonesomesteve

I use to own an '85 760. It was an amazing bike!...

I use to own an '85 760. It was an amazing bike! Still kicking myself for selling it during an ill advised phase of "Swedish Death Cleaning...
08-08-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,136
Posted By lonesomesteve

That is a fairly easy repair, but then it's also...

That is a fairly easy repair, but then it's also not all that difficult to find 80's Trek 600 series bikes. In my area they show up in Craig's list quite frequently for around $300. If the bike had...
08-08-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,845
Posted By lonesomesteve

I've done something very similar to this. I made...

I've done something very similar to this. I made my own "S" hooks out of old clothes hangers. Cut a piece of clothes hanger wire to length, bend it into an S shape with pliers, then use pliers or a...
06-13-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,417
Posted By lonesomesteve

Does it plane? Well, I can say that it performs...

Does it plane? Well, I can say that it performs well for me and it's a joy to ride. The old Treks seem like they were designed for 650b x fat tires. They're great bikes with their original 700c or...
06-13-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,417
Posted By lonesomesteve

Ah shucks... Thanks, I'm glad you like them! The...

Ah shucks... Thanks, I'm glad you like them! The original Frek pictured above has been going strong for three years and over ten thousand rough and rocky miles without incident and it's by far my...
05-23-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1,215
Views: 294,554
Posted By lonesomesteve

Thanks! I believe the components are mostly...

Thanks! I believe the components are mostly original. Or at least they're consistent with what they showed in the 1985 catalog. Mine has Superbe Pro crankset, Cinelli bars and stem, Dia Compe AGC-250...
05-22-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 1,215
Views: 294,554
Posted By lonesomesteve

I recently acquired this 1985 SR500. I was...

I recently acquired this 1985 SR500. I was expecting the ride to be a bit jarring compared to the steel bikes I usually ride, but I've been pleasantly surprised by ride quality of this beast.
...
04-22-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,957
Posted By lonesomesteve

;) ...

;)

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10-16-18, 10:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,656
Posted By lonesomesteve

Beautiful bike, and you did an outstanding job...

Beautiful bike, and you did an outstanding job restoring it!

Here's my '81 710. I've since rebuilt it with a semi-modern Shimergo 8-speed drivetrain. It rides like a dream....
04-30-18, 09:17 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 16,886
Posted By lonesomesteve

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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02-22-18, 04:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,585
Posted By lonesomesteve

In the interest of keeping this bike related,...

In the interest of keeping this bike related, here's my son demonstrating proper chicken portaging technique with our Bantam Dutch named Nugget.

We don't have problems with bears here in the...
11-13-17, 10:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,508
Posted By lonesomesteve

I actually prefer the early 80s 27" wheeled Treks...

I actually prefer the early 80s 27" wheeled Treks for conversions to 650b. It depends on the model, but I've found that many of the 700c bikes end up not having enough room for fenders.

Just...
11-13-17, 09:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,041
Posted By lonesomesteve

In reference to the location of the bell, Jan...

In reference to the location of the bell, Jan Heine commented "More aero… (perhaps)"
11-10-17, 11:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,508
Posted By lonesomesteve

Here's my 650b Frek made from a 1990 Trek 400. ...

Here's my 650b Frek made from a 1990 Trek 400.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4460/37773470186_87939b38e0_z.jpg

Indeed, the year is important. Mine was originally build around 700c wheels but...
11-07-17, 10:07 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 86,231
Posted By lonesomesteve

Great looking bike you have there. The perfect...

Great looking bike you have there. The perfect balance of practical, functional, newer parts where they matter with some nice original components to maintain a touch of classic elegance.
10-24-17, 09:17 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 86,231
Posted By lonesomesteve

Thanks! It has Soma B-lines, 650b x 38mm.

Thanks! It has Soma B-lines, 650b x 38mm.
10-20-17, 08:27 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 86,231
Posted By lonesomesteve

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4460/37773470186_87...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4460/37773470186_87939b38e0_z.jpg
09-05-17, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,010
Posted By lonesomesteve

+1 for the Selle San Marco Regal...

+1 for the Selle San Marco Regal (https://www.google.com/search?q=selle+san+marco+regal&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwietIml0I_WAhUO8mMKHbqUBXgQ_AUICygC&biw=1440&bih=776). I have five bikes,...
07-01-17, 09:45 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 32,975
Posted By lonesomesteve

In the blog post Jan wrote, "the bike (with pump...

In the blog post Jan wrote, "the bike (with pump and pedals) weighed just 9.1 kg (20.0 lb)." So, I don't think he means 20.9 pounds.
06-30-17, 08:40 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 32,975
Posted By lonesomesteve

I'm not sure exactly what the cry of BS is...

I'm not sure exactly what the cry of BS is directed at. The bike was weighed as part of a well-regulated competition. I'm guessing the judges of the Concours de Machines aren't using a cheap bathroom...
06-30-17, 03:38 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 32,975
Posted By lonesomesteve

Meanwhile... JP Weigle and Jan Heine just built a...

Meanwhile... JP Weigle and Jan Heine just built a 20 lb steel frame bike complete with lights, fenders, luggage carrying capacity and a pump for the Concours de Machines.
...
06-15-17, 02:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,859
Posted By lonesomesteve

I don't have any pictures of myself on a bike...

I don't have any pictures of myself on a bike more than a decade old, but I do have this picture of my dad. It was shortly after WWII and he was competing in the Redmond Bicycle Derby race on a...
06-08-17, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7,999
Views: 2,465,570
Posted By lonesomesteve

I picked up this '82 Trek 710 a few months ago. I...

I picked up this '82 Trek 710 a few months ago. I had been riding it with its original components but it just didn't have the magic, so I decided to do a retro roadie build with parts I have lying...
06-02-17, 05:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,445
Posted By lonesomesteve

Where I live it's hard to ride more than a few...

Where I live it's hard to ride more than a few miles without encountering a stop sign or red light. However, I'm pretty certain I rode the first leg of Paris-Brest-Paris, St Quentin to...
05-22-17, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2,381
Views: 490,389
Posted By lonesomesteve

I know what you mean. I've owned six early and...

I know what you mean. I've owned six early and mid 80s Treks, and five of them were perfectly finished. The sixth is an '82 710 that I bought recently. It has gobs of silver in several places. It's...
05-21-17, 05:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,675
Posted By lonesomesteve

Wow, that's epic!

Wow, that's epic!
05-19-17, 04:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,675
Posted By lonesomesteve

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015: ...

Paris-Brest-Paris 2015:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5782/21417648402_2f78b71a6a_b.jpg
05-18-17, 02:13 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 241,605
Posted By lonesomesteve

Pari Motos are great tires. In my experience...

Pari Motos are great tires. In my experience their only drawback is that they have a very thin tread so they tend to only last about half as long as Compass tires. Per mile, they cost about the same....
05-03-17, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,000
Posted By lonesomesteve

Mine now rolls on 650b wheels and has been pretty...

Mine now rolls on 650b wheels and has been pretty heavily modified in other ways, but it started out as a 1982 614. I've owned several old Treks, but the 614 is my favorite.
...
03-24-17, 05:35 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 241,605
Posted By lonesomesteve

Gugie's right. I've been using a $60 MAPP gas...

Gugie's right. I've been using a $60 MAPP gas torch from home depot. Its an inexpensive way to get started, but limits you to only silver. A MAPP torch and silver works okay for the kind of...
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