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early 80's trek Steel(5 posts)

early 80's trek Steelmattcrout
Apr 7, 2003 12:36 PM
any opinions on early 80's trek lugged steel bikes? I'm looking into is Reynolds 501 chromally double butted? what do you think, going to use it as a beater/winter bike.
re: Have a 1980 Trek - 531 frame.dzrider
Apr 7, 2003 1:08 PM
We got it used in 1989. The original wheels stunk and I had to build a new set. My wife commuted on it for a few years and I inherited it about 5 years ago. It's stable, very comfortable and perfectly useful, but won't be the livliest horse in the barn. The chain stays are a little tight for big, beater bike tires but 32c fit easily.

I often take it on charity rides as an anti-fashion statement and because I worry about other riders causing crashes. It never fails to start a few conversations, especially last year when I rode along with a guy who had its identical twin. You may want to look at the Vintage Trek website.
Me. too--mid-'80s 531retro
Apr 7, 2003 2:20 PM
It's been a really good bike, comfortable and versatile. It's a singlespeed at the moment (the dropouts are semi-horizontal, so I didn't have to use a tensioner), but it was my main bike for a long time, then a beater/commuter. 700x35 tires fit easily, which is nice for something I use on bike paths and whatnot.
re: early 80's trek Steelukiahb
Apr 8, 2003 7:50 AM
I have an '81 (or '82 ??) Trek 613 (531 butted tubes) I bought new, it now has lots of miles. I set it up for loaded touring, eventually the frame cracked across the head tube/down tube lug, sent it back to Trek, they brazed in a new lug and repainted it under warranty, have had no trouble since then. This is a big 25" frame and I toured with a heavy load, so this is not too unusual...a friend who rode a similar though smaller frame had no problems after two loaded touring transamerica trips. So....unless you carry heavy loads, the frame should work fine
I have a late 80s Trek steel...Bonked
Apr 9, 2003 9:32 AM
531. Great bike; stable, stiff...and fairly light! Only weighs 21-22 lbs with old clunky wheels. Not light compared to some high end bikes today but still holds its own against many complete bikes, especially on a weight to $ scale.