are many people who report (quite a few of them here on Cyclofiend)
finding a great old bike on eBay or Craigslist as the start of a
great restoration project. I had long hoped to get equally lucky
but was beginning to despair I would never find the right bike.
it finally happened. Looking around on eBay a few months back I
came across the homely Trek in the first picture. The description
seemed odd. The seller said it was a Japanese built Trek from the
late 1970s. But he color and the long chain stays, Campagnolo drop
outs and Cinelli bottom brackets all said 1982 Trek 728, one of
the all time great touring bikes. So I took a chance and won with
a very low bid.
work was admirably handled by Jon Kendziera of Jonnycycles with
some help from his shop mate Zach, of ZR Cycles. To bring it up
to modern standards, they added braze ons for tubus racks, PaulComp
Racer Brakes, down tube shifters, seat tube bottle cage mounts,
down stay brake cable bridge, moved the top tube cable holders to
the left side, a kick stand plate, and a mount for the B&M dynamo.
Jon made a nice threaded stem with brake cable routing through the
center top. (check out the April 4, 2008 blog entry on the jonnycycles.com
powder coated it as close to the original color as practical. Jon
designed the real nice stencil in the old Trek badge style. I never
really liked the old Trek seat tube decals, so left them off, though
they are available on eBay.
Handle Bars: Nitto Noodle, 46
Headset: Chris King
Brakes: Paul Racer, braze on levers are NOS CLB
Shifters: NOS Simplex Friction
Derailleurs: Front: Simplex Super LJ, Rear: Huret Duopar Titane
Crankset: Campagnolo Centaur Triple with TA 49/40/26 Chain Rings
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood
Pedals: Campy Strada with MKS toe clips and synthetic straps
Freewheel: NOS Suntour 14 Ð 32
Hubs: NOS Pelissier 1000
Rims: Velocity Synergy
Racks: Tubus (powder coated silver)
Seat post: Thomson Elite
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 700x35 (just at the limit of the
enders: SKS 40
Simplex and Huret ders are Sunday best and will stay in collection
case for touring. Some NOS Shimano Deores from the late 1980s will
do the heavy lifting.
have no idea where this bike has been for its last 26 years. I hope
the two of us can put in a whole lot of miles the next 26.