1983 Trek 500

If you're looking to see a pristine restoration, then this isn't it. What you are looking at is a well used 25+ year old bike that still provides a comfortable, plush, and stable ride built back up on a low budget. A little history about this bike, as it has made its way across the country from East to West. I bought it last summer (2008) from a guy in Cave Junction Oregon and just recently (early Feb 09) got it road worthy here in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley. The previous owner bought it in San Jose California sometime before retiring to Oregon and prior to that, all I know is that it began its life at Marblehead Cycle located in Marblehead, MA. The bike still has their shop sticker on the seat tube and they appear to still be in business as I found their website doing a google search and they still sell the Trek brand.

The bike did not appear to be stock as it has a chrome fork and wheels consisting of Maillard hubs, Spidel quick release skewers, and Araya rims. Those are not spec'd in the brochure copies on the vintage trek website, everything else though was original. With much help from the mechanic ( Mike? tattoo’s and long chin hair) at Al's Cycle & Hobbies in Medford Oregon the bottom bracket & headset were replaced and the hubs were rebuilt. It was then assembled with the original Dia Compe brake calipers, Sun Tour ARX rear/AR front derailleurs, SR Super Custom 52/40 crankset, and a mixture (Super Italia bars, Tektro brake levers, an aero seatpost, and Sun Tour Power Shifters) of used parts from Get N Gear's used parts bins in Ashland Oregon. A new 7 speed freewheel, chain, cables, bar tape, tires/tubes and seat finished it off. With the 27 X 1 1/4 tires, gravel or dirt roads are no problem, as I tend to ride them when the pavement ends. This bike is rock solid and stable at speed. Photos were taken at and on the way out to Lost Creek covered bridge (built in 1861) here in Southern Oregon.

Thanks for looking,

Rob Dudley


Trek 500 - angle view

Trek 500 - ARX derailleur detail

Trek 500 - front end detail


Trek 500 - side view




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