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below are before and after photos of my wife's 1985 Trek 420.
bike was a typical run-of-the-mill cheap eBay find which I knew
would definitely get her back into cycling. It turns out, pleasantly,
that I was right as she loves riding it. So much so that she is
now planning on using it for her short commute to work.
original group was a dated and uninspired mixture of Shimano Z series
and SR 5-speed components. The rest of the bike was in such fine
shape that stripping it of the older stuff and bolting on the newer
components was a breeze.
is a list of the part list. I've noted what was saved from the original
component mix and what is now new to this really cool single speed.
- Trek 420 (original)
Fork - Trek 420 (original)
Headset - Trek (original)
Stem - SR, 60mm (original)
Handlebar - Nitto Moustache (new)
Handlebar tape - Profile cork (new)
Brakes - DiaCompe SVX (NOS)
Brake levers - DiaCompe SVX (NOS)
Crank - TruVativ Touro, 48t (new)
Bottom bracket - TruVativ (new)
- Union (original)
Freewheel - Shimano DX, 18t (new)
Hubs - Shimano 600 (new)
Rims - Wolber Super Champion GTA (new)
Spokes - DT (new)
Tires - Panaracer Pasela TG (new)
Pedals - SR (original)
- SR (original)
Seat - Sella Italia Norco (NOS)
you can see, very little of the original bike remains but that's
okay. It's much better in this configuration as my wife now wants
now simple, purposeful, and timeless.