Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Opinions and Comment welcome - Please

So I'm probably going to be buying my first road bike in 20 years. I've got a great line on a late '80's Trek 400 series (dirt cheap I might add). Anyone out there have any thoughts on this bike? I've heard pretty good things about it. Please add any comments you may have about this particular ride. Thanks everybody.

5 comments:

Courtney said...

Do you have a dog?? If you really enjoy bike riding, you should think about taking your dog along with you! I've recently bought a Springer bike attatchment, and I take my dog along with me on all of my bike rides. He jogs along right beside me and absolutely loves it! Such great exercise for the both of us! Check out their website: http://www.springeramerica.com/

gnarlees said...

I think I looked at one of those 400 series a loooong time ago. I'd say that they ride well being small diameter steel. Is it butted? (better ride)
Unfortunately, I bought an aluminum frame...so didn't get the experience.

Craigers said...

Marla,

You're gonna have to explain the "butted" thing to me and my soft brain. All I know is I can't even buy a "box store" bike for what this guy is willing to part with this Trek for. My biggest concern is, will I be able to upgrade parts on a bike that old?

gnarlees said...

Ahh. Butted means that whoever made the tubes kind of thinned them out in the middle and left them thicker on the ends, where the welding occurs and the stress.

My questions to you are, what components are on it? How many gears? If it's a seven speed, well to upgrade you'll have to change a few parts to 8, quite a few to 9. If it's a six speed, well, that's not easy.

Let me know as much as you can and I'll try to help out. Email me if you need, it's on my blog about page.

Craigers said...

I know it's an 8 speed (16 I guess really - 2 big and 8 small). It looks like all the original parts. I'll research it a little more and then e-mail you what I find. Thanks.