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This Trek 'Resurrectio' is an updated version of my Trek 420 (Current
years after my faithful 1984 Trek 420 (CC#133)
was submerged in Hurricane Katrina, I shipped the frame to CyclArt
in Vista, Calif. for a rust treatment and new paint job. While it
was there, I had CyclArt add a pump peg, a second set of bottle
bosses, a pair of downtube shifter bosses, and two thirds of a Rivendell
Resurrectio decal set. I left off the seat tube decal because I
thought it would be distracting. I'd have preferred a simple 'R'
and the flame without the phoenix.
Morison at The Spokesman in Mandeville, La. rebuilt the bike, using
a mix of old and new parts. He also built a set of 700c Velocity
AeroHead wheels to replace the old 27 x 1 1/4 Arayas. I've often
regretted I didn't buy a higher-end Trek with cantilever brakes
in 1984; however, the bottom-of-the-line 420's sidepull brakes made
the conversion to 700c a snap. Also, the 420's relatively thick
Tange 2001 frame tubes may have bought me some time in the fight
Shimano crankset I bought in Japan in 1986 turned out to have the
right bolt spacing for compact chainrings. That was a pleasant surprise.
I also retained my old derailer and brakes, which kept costs down
and preserved sentimental value.
installed Mr. Tuffy tire strips against Phil's advice. I went on
a ride last weekend with six other people. Two of the riders got
flats, and I didn't. Like everything else, the Tuffies are a tradeoff:
harsher ride, fewer flats.
frame's unusual, non-Trek serial number, 404406796, may indicate
Japanese origin, or so I read somewhere, maybe the Vintage Trek
site. Trek apparently outsourced frames to meet demand in 1984.
a long time, I resisted hanging a tweed anything on my bike. I finally
gave up and ordered a Nigel Smythe Bar Tube. Now that I see it in
the flesh, I love it.