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Old 06-12-12, 07:47 PM
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Trek 720 or 750 as a touring frame

Howdy again friends,

I am looking to embark on a project here over the next year. I am wanting to build a rando bike and am wondering what your thoughts are on the Trek 720 or 750 frames. They are chromoly.

Sizing wise, I fit a 56 cm frame that would be about a 21" frame for these bikes.

What can you tell me about the geometries of these bikes? What do you think eh?

Thanks,

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I think your question might best be answered in the long distance cycling forum where those who ride randonneurs hang out. Also, I think if you provide more detail such as year of the bikes in question it would help. You might also like to check out https://vintage-trek.com/ where the brochures provide a lot of useful information. The geometry of the bikes in question may have changed from year to year.
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If it's a std road geometry, you may find it hard to come up with a pannier/rack combination where you avoid heel-strike.
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For pure randonneuring, go to the long distance cycling forum as suggested, unless you also want use the bike for a little bit of touring with panniers. What year for these bikes? Road models from the early 80s are quite different from the multitrack (hybrid) versions from the early 90s. For a full build/project, keep in mind these were entry level bikes. Bike parts are pricey. How much $ are you looking to spend on your year project with components and accessories?
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Go with the longer chainstay so you are less likely to kick your panniers,
with your heels, pedalling.
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Rabbit, I don't know anything about the 750, but the 720 (non Multisport) from the early-mid '80s was a Reynolds 531 tubed tourer. Most tourers from that era would make a nice rando bike.

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If you are talking about the 80's 720, the 21 inch might be small for you. Check the Vintage Trek site. I agree it would be a nice frame.
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