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Trek 760

1984 Trek 760 NOS but repainted in 1988 by Trek factory after frame failed to sell from Trek dealer (probably because of the original purple color). Now it's the reddest red just shy of a Ferrari. Serial number 146272 which on the Vintage Trek site http://www.vintage-trek.com/ lists this as a 58 cm manufactured on 9/13/84

9/1/2007 - Finished build with 9 spd Dura Ace group, Ksyrium wheelset, polished crankarms and other assorted garage parts to match the red and black theme. Half covered handlebar is silent protest to tape manufacturers constantly shortening the amount of tape in a package forcing one to stretch it so thin that it provides little comfort. I decided to wrap it close and thick and see how far it went. First ride around town confirms magic of Reynolds 531 frameset compared to modern day wonder materials.

9/7/07 - Mt Hamilton, 50 miles. 9/8/07 - Sunol/Foothill, 58 miles. Ever ride a century on a wonder frame and been so beat up the next day you couldn't function. I thought so. This bike may be the perfect combination of old and new technologies yet assembled. Modern wheels, shifting, brakes. And vintage frame and fork. The ride is stunning, the frame soaking up large and small bumps. No high frequency buzz like alluminum frames. A beautiful descending bike. Quick handling, yet not twitchy. Take your hands off the bars going up or down and it tracks true but give it a nudge and the combination of stiff wheels and short stem cause it to react immediately. I believe the fork outperforms modern carbon forks on descents. Watch both when descending over any road that's not perfectly smooth. The steel fork flexes and "works" the road keeping the tires in contact where a carbon fork would be stuttering and chattering over bumps. To descend fast the tires must maintain road contact, like downhill skiing. It outweighs modern frames by a good two pounds but at 5'9" and 140 lbs I'm up the hill faster than riding buds anyway. What, you want me to be up the hill and waiting 11 minutes before you instead of 10? As I passed two riders talking about bikes one saw it and said, "Now that's what I'm talkin' about. That's a beautiful bike." Something else you don't get with the blacked out wonders being built today.
Mt Ham
Mt Ham
Mt Ham
Mt Ham
Mt Ham
Mt Ham
Smoke from Lick fire covers valleys
Smoke from Lick fire covers valleys
Grant Ranch
Grant Ranch
Calavaras Reservoir
Calavaras Reservoir
Still a favorite-9/7/09
Still a favorite-9/7/09
Making Old Bikes New
Making Old Bikes New
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