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Old 08-28-07, 08:24 PM
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'82 Trek as loaded touring rig

My daughter has her eye on an '82 Trek (she loves these old steel bikes) to build up as a loaded touring bike. She is planning to do a long long ride with her boyfriend next spring.

here is a pic (not sure of the model)


aside from the lack of braze-ons (I rekon they could be added) what pitfalls should she expect in the build... if any.

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Hi,
I highly recommend steel for a touring bike. However, it may not have rear-rack braze-ons because it may not be a frame design (long wheelbase, etc) that is ideal for touring. Although my '83 Trek 620 doesn't have front rack braze-ons, it does have rear ones - I'm not sure what Trek was doing a year earlier.

I suggest going to the Vintage Trek website and de-code the serial number to determine the model: https://www.vintage-trek.com/SerialNumbers.htm Then, check out their webpage for info about the different models to see if it might be suitable for touring. You'll also be able to find it's original brochure!

It'll cost quite a bit to build a bike suitable for loaded touring so I wouldn't recommend doing so if the frame wasn't designed for it.

Good luck.
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I love old lugged frames too, but my main concern with that one is the lack of studs for cantilever brakes. A loaded tourer definitely needs to be able to stop quickly. As a workaround, she could replace the fork with one set up for a rack and cantis - like a Surly LHT fork. The rear brake is much less critical, but she'd have to choose brake levers with care.
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Hmmm... for the cost and trouble of modifying this one into a tour bike, you might be able to find a decent dedicated tour machine that's ready to go. I got my '98 520, completely loaded and in mint shape, for $550.

The brake thing is important, too. Stopping a loaded bike takes alot of power at the pads. Not like a road bike at all. The difference can be terrifying.

I'd be inclined to do a nice redo of this frame for giggles-n-grins.
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From the pics it seems to have the minimum braze-ons: rear rack/fender eyelets. Lacks extra water bottle, low-rider braze-ons and canti bosses.

Any bike like this one make very good light touring bikes: decent fender/tire clearance (does it?) and rear rack. Add a handlebar bag and you're set.

For loaded touring a dedicated touring bike is better. Like was suggested replacing the fork with a surly type one (canti bosses + low rider) would be good but a bit complicated. You can always put all the stuff on the rear rack (get strong wheels!) or get a clamp-on low rider rack. But then there's not much you can do about the brakes and clearance. Adding bosses/braze-ons is an other (complicated) option.
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Well I did my best to advise her and yet, let her make her own mind up on the Trek frame.
In the end, it was just too damn pretty for her to pass up (and I agree; if she can get a replacement 531 reynolds sticker, it'd be about mint condish).

But now she'll have to go by Yellow Jersey and convince them to add some braze ons and canti bosses, if this can be done. I'll suggest she document the evolution / build in pics and post a thread.
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