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Critique My Commuter...(15 posts)

Critique My Commuter...SenorPedro
Dec 26, 2003 8:36 PM
'87 Trek 400 Elance frame, full Reynolds 531. Reborn with a mix of new and old parts, sporting an 8-speed grouppo.

The San Marco Era saddle was a christmas present. Nice so far.

no critique just looks nice -nm-tmotz
Dec 26, 2003 8:40 PM
Looks terrific!sn69
Dec 26, 2003 8:57 PM
There's something to be said for the simplicity of "old tech." How does it ride?

Needs fendersDave_Stohler
Dec 26, 2003 10:08 PM
Around here, ya gotta use fenders if yer gonna ride everyday, especially with CX tires on it!

A nice lightweight rack could be handy if you need to carry stuff. Plus, with both fenders AND a rack, NOBODY is gonna jack your ride!
Some lighting alsoboneman
Dec 27, 2003 2:35 AM
If it's your commuter. I even run one on my day bike during winter rides if the weather gets bad and it gets dark.

Otherwise looks great. Almost too good. Make sure you've got a place to park where it won't get nicked.
re: Critique My Commuter...Woof the dog
Dec 27, 2003 9:54 AM
It looks awesome, but since you asked for a critique, then I have to ask: why a long caged rear der? it looks like an lx mtn bike one.

woof the god.
Thanks for the replies....SenorPedro
Dec 27, 2003 12:38 PM
Its reassuring to have your approval ;) As far as the ride goes, it is a very comfy bike but still has some spark from the geometry. If you have ever ridden a nicely lugged 531 frame, then you know what I mean.

I am definitely feeling the need for fenders, and there is a Cygolite Rover Xtra that sits on my helmet, so its not pictured.

As far as the LX derailluer goes, well I apologize. It doesn't really go with the package. I used it mainly because A.) I had it already :) B.) It allows a larger gear range in the back - using a mountain cassette right now C.) It has sealed stuff and just seemed sturdier.

This was originally intended as a 'cross build, but ended up morphing into this when I got the frame. I am thinking about some light touring on it also. Suggestions for a front rack on a fork without the touring braze-ons?


Sweet-looking for the front rack,The Walrus
Dec 28, 2003 12:27 PM
Blackburn has a set of mounting hardware that clamps to the fork blades to fill in for the missing braze-ons. If your LBS doesn't have it in stock, QBP should have it in their catalog.
Just a tiny bit of rainwooglin
Dec 27, 2003 2:18 PM
on the parade. My old roomie had one of those bikes when it was new. The 400 series was 531 main tubes with proprietary steel in the rear triangle. Check the sticker as well as the web site. That's a sweet looking ride though, and an especially nice color.

You should send some pics to as well.
Its ok, I have an umbrella...SenorPedro
Dec 27, 2003 2:53 PM
The sticker says that it is Reynolds frame, fork, and stays. Although the catalogue from '87 says that it has generic stays.

Trek did a number of weird things in their day, however. I have 3 Trek lugged roadies from the early/mid 80's, this one doesn't match up to anything with its serial number, and then the frame sticker issue that we have seen here. Perhaps they ran out of the regular stickers, perhaps it was a one off for somebody. I know that this happened frequently.

I have an '89 that was True Temper, but had a matching columbus fork, weird serial number again, and a paint scheme that was not offered for the model at any time in any year. It also did not have the internal rear derailluer cable routing that was featured on all of their bikes.

I wish that you could waltz on down to the LBS and get a "custom" production frame at no extra charge these days. Alas....
Its ok, I have an umbrella...wooglin
Dec 27, 2003 3:47 PM
"I have 3 Trek lugged roadies from the early/mid 80's"

And aren't they sweet? Mine's purple. :)

Agree on the weird things. Mine's got a 531c sticker, but according to the catalog it should be something else. Whatever, it rides nice. Bet that Elance does, too.
Great bike!Continental
Dec 27, 2003 8:09 PM
The only things I'd consider changing are the tires, pedals, and lack of fenders. I'd go with 28-32 mm slick tires unless you ride on mud roads and need the tread, and I'd use two-sided spd/platform pedals so you have the option of clipping in.
Great frameramboorider
Dec 28, 2003 6:17 AM
I'd echo the other recommendations to go with skinnier tires (maybe gatorskins 700x28?) so you can fit fenders. Otherwise, no problem with mtb rear der and cassette - nice to have the range on an everyday bike if you have any tough climbs on the commute.

re: Headset?EvilDeer
Dec 29, 2003 10:17 AM
Just curious... It looks like the frame has a threaded steerer/headset and you've adapted it to use threadless stem, etc. Just wondering about your reasoning and how well it works. (I'm thinking of doing the same when I rebuild one of mine).
Dec 29, 2003 1:31 PM
Here's my weird reasoning behind the whole thing. Several factors came into play, not all of them being important.

A.) Good quality and good looking threaded stems are hard to come by these days. When you do find them, they have a 26.0 handlebar clamp.

B.) I already had the stem, plus I planned to make a 'cross build out of these parts originally, using a threadless system. Plus I wanted the bike to match ;) The stem is a mountain stem; 25.4 handlebar clamp.

C.) I had a 25.4 road handlebar already, and since I had the stem already, and had spent enough $$ already, the whole thing came together nicely with the help of a profile quill converter.

I used an 1 1/8" stem because it "looked" better with the headset and if you stick a 10mm threadless spacer in between the stem and the headset, it gives a clean look.

Good luck -Pedro