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Old Trek -- worth fixing up?(6 posts)

Old Trek -- worth fixing up?JM
Feb 1, 2002 2:46 PM
I have an old, but barely used steel Trek road bike that I'm thinking of turning into a general-purpose commuter/dirt-road beater. It's a 330 model, from I think around 1989 -- double butted, lugged Tange 900 cro-mo tubing. I bought it new back then in an attempt to get my wife into road cycling, but she never took to it and prefers a more upright hybrid style. The bike is very heavy, but the frame seems pretty decent. All the components are low-end, even for the 80's. I'm thinking of trying to set it up with some better shifters, brakes, saddle, etc., along with fenders and racks for general-purpose use. Don't want to spend a lot of money on it. Any thoughts on whether the frame is worth the effort, or any suggestions on how to set it up with the most bang for the buck?
Definitely worth fixing up...Cima Coppi
Feb 1, 2002 3:27 PM
and you can do it cheap by purchasing the components on the internet either through E-Bay or on-line bike shops. The frame is a solid one that will last many miles, and for your purposes as a commuter bike, it would be perfect. Be aware that if you get new wheels, the width between the dropouts on your frame is 126mm, while the current width is 130mm. New hubs will work, but you'll have to spread the dropouts outward to fit the wheel on.

Good luck

Agreed. I wish my beater were that nice! (nm)morrison
Feb 1, 2002 3:36 PM
Make it a fixte!Rusty McNasty
Feb 1, 2002 4:01 PM
If you have horizontal dropouts (a LOT of old Treks do), then you have the basis for a perfect fixed-gear bike, suitable for early-season training, rain riding, etc.
How about making it a singlespeed?Retro
Feb 1, 2002 4:09 PM
I have a Trek 620 from the same period that I converted last summer. Just take off all but the middle chainring (small one, if it's a double), spin on a BMX freewheel with a spacer behind it to make the chainline right (about 15 bucks for both) and then shorten the chain. My chain tension worked out just right with an 18-tooth freewheel, but if yours doesn't, you can either buy a chain tensioner or use an old rear derailleur. Took me about half an hour.
Feb 2, 2002 4:42 PM
Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't considered the SS or fixed-gear angle, but thinking about it now. That would be an inexpensive way to set up a really functional bike without replacing a lot of components. JM