This is my flagship ride. Its wide gear range and long stays allow me to ride all day long in comfort. This is not a show bike. There's nothing exotic on it, just nice functional bits. I've pushed it all over Los Angeles: to work, on club rides, to the beach, and out to meals and clubs on the weekends.

I bought the bike from the original owner back in January. She had recently been taking it on long day rides and it was well-maintained. Sadly the original Huret DuoPar rear derailleur was long gone. I replaced the saddle with a new Brooks. I also added aero brake levers and crosstop levers. Since I don't carry 40-pound loads, I've opted for a sportier wheelset. The drivetrain has also been changed out to all new Shimano 9-speed stuff, mostly to see how it would work out. So far I love it. I like indexed shifting for city riding.

1985 Trek 720
Serial number 136489 58TSI
Handbuilt in Waterloo, Wisconsin
Reynolds 531C butted tubing
Trek investment cast lugs

Belleri of St. Etienne touring handlebars, about 44cm, cotton tape
Cinelli stem, about 60mm
Stronglight A9 headset
Sugino LP crankset, 170mm, 50-40-28, Shimano UN-something bottom bracket
MKS Sylvan Touring pedals, MKS steel clips (NJS, haha!), EuroAsia leather straps, Toshi button ends
Shimano Dura Ace 9-speed bar-end shifters
Shimano XT rear derailleur
Simplex SLJ 522 front derailleur
Shimano LX 9-speed 11-32T cassette
Shimano LX/105 9-speed chain
Shimano MC70 XT cantilever brakes, KoolStop pads, Ringle Mojo cable hangers
Cane Creek SCR5 brake levers
Ultegra hubs, Mavic Open Pro 700C rims, 32H, double-butted Wheelsmith spokes
Panaracer Pasela TourGuard Kevlar folding 700Cx28mm tires
Brooks B17 Champion Special saddle
Sakae LaPrade seatpost
SKS P45 Chromoplastic fenders
CatEye HL-EL500 front light
CatEye TLD1000 rear light
Blackburn custom fit rear rack
Blackburn water bottle cages, Kleen Kanteen aluminum water bottle
Ortlieb Front Roller panniers (not shown)


John Huan Vu
Los Angeles, Calif.


Trek 720 - crankset detail


Trek 720  - fork crown & brake detail
Trek 720 - drive side view
Trek 720 - rear dropout detail
Trek 720 - cockpit view




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