Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Trek 720 or 750 as a touring frame

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Trek 720 or 750 as a touring frame

Old 06-12-12, 07:47 PM
Mountain man, road newbie
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
Posts: 27

Bikes: Surly LHT and Redline Monocog 29er

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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?


dalhopgood is offline  
Old 06-13-12, 01:11 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 924

Bikes: A few

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
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.
Ciufalon is offline  
Old 06-13-12, 02:59 AM
seeker333's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 3,865

Bikes: yes!

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 282 Post(s)
Liked 38 Times in 36 Posts
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.
seeker333 is offline  
Old 06-13-12, 05:22 AM
Senior Member
Chris Pringle's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: The Pearl of the Pacific, Mexico
Posts: 1,310

Bikes: '12 Rodriguez UTB Custom, '83 Miyata 610, '83 Nishiki Century Mixte (Work of Art), '18 Engin hardtail MTB

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 18 Posts
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?
Chris Pringle is offline  
Old 06-13-12, 09:33 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,598

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,355 Times in 862 Posts
Go with the longer chainstay so you are less likely to kick your panniers,
with your heels, pedalling.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 06-13-12, 03:54 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Pearland, Texas
Posts: 7,579

Bikes: Cannondale, Trek, Raleigh, Santana

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 308 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
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.

bradtx is offline  
Old 06-13-12, 05:06 PM
Expired Member
shelbyfv's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: TN
Posts: 11,499
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3648 Post(s)
Liked 5,382 Times in 2,732 Posts
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.
shelbyfv is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
02-01-17 11:58 AM
07-10-14 07:34 PM
06-19-12 05:45 PM
03-19-12 10:04 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.