Hi, Jim,

I am submitting my girlfriend's bike to the current classic page. It's a 1984 Trek 620 that we found on eBay last November. It's dark grey in color. The frameset was designed for 27" wheel and the brakes I got for the bikes didn't work with the position of the cantilever bosses. I went over to Bernie Mikkelsen's at Alameda and had him move the bosses for me. Afterward, I sanded the areas around the bosses clean, steel-wooled it further, then clearcoated 3 times with satin transparent spray paint. It actually looks kind of interesting.

The frame has other quirks that I didn't anticipate. It has very little space for fenders, considering it's a touring bike. With 30mm tires there is around 5-7mm of space left. My girlfriend is very light and these tires will be fine. The distance between the dropout to the chainstay bridge and the seatstay brdige is are also different, so I use a wine bottle cork and ziptie to secure the rear fender to the chainstay bridge and make a better fender line. Megan is fond of old trek and really enjoys the bike. I walked her through most of the build-up process (at her request) so she can learn a little about bicycle assembly and repairs. Here is the build list.

- 1984 Trek 620 frame and fork. Grey; 56cm seat tube and top tube
- Shimano Ultegra threaded headset
- Shimano UN54 square-taper bottom bracket 68mm x 127mm
- Sugino AT triple crankest; 172.5mm crank arm length; 50/36/28
- Shimano LX long cage front derailleur; 28.6 clamp diameter
- Shimano XTR 952 long cage rear derailleur
- SRAM 7-speed cassette 12-32
- SRAM 7-speed chain with powerlink
- Nitto Technomic Stem 80mm reach
- Nitto Classic Road Drop Bar; 42mm width
- Tektro aero brake levers
- Red cork bar tape
- Shimano 7-speed bar-end shifters
- Tektro Oryx cantilever brakes
- generic seatpost from Velosport; 27.2mm
- Terry Liberator Fly saddle
- Jandd Expedition Rack
- Busch and Muller Ixon IQ LED light
- SKS Fenders 32mm
- Shimano 105 rear hub laced to Mavic Open Sport rim; 32h; 130mm rear spacing (I had Mikkelsen re-space the dropout). The wheel is built by Chuck at Missing Link
- Suntour front hub on Mistral box rim, 36h
- Panaracer Pasela Tourguard folding tires, 700x32mm (these are the old types that are more like 28mm)

In a few days we will put on a Nitto M12 rack and a Baggins Little Joe on the bike. This is her touring/brevet/rainy day bike.

Franklyn Shihyu Wu
(for Megan)

Berkeley, CA

ps. paypal follows




Trek 620 - rear quarter view

Trek 620 - side view

Trek 620 - front quarter view

Trek 620 - drivetrain detail




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