Gallery - 1985 Trek 400 - Paul Schleck
Paul writes: "Bought new in June of
1985 at Adam's Bicycles in Gaithersburg, Maryland from Adam himself.
I wanted to keep a forgiving gear range for hills, standard 27-inch
clincher wheels and tires, and above all, NOT SPEND TOO MUCH, so he
steered me towards this "sport touring" model. It was nicely
placed between the 300 ($279, no standard toe clips) and the 410 ($399
with a Campy group) with a sticker price of $319. It has a basic Japanese
group, including Dia-Compe brakes, Shimano Derailleurs, and Sakae crank,
with 39-52 chainrings and 13-28 6-speed freewheel. It has been lightly
ridden, less than a few hundred miles per year, and is all original
except for inner tubes, tires, grease, and ball bearings. I count the
Hypalon handlebar grips as 'original' as they were installed when the
bike was built. They are quite comfortable, and even provide a nice
color/texture match with the black suede San Marco saddle."
"I have considered upgrading to a newer bike, but
experienced both sticker shock (four-digit prices) and aesthetic shock
("sloppy" TIG welds versus this bike's beautifully detailed,
lugged frame, right down to the minilugs on the seat and chain stays).
Lately I find myself pining for an OLCV carbon-fiber, triple-chainring
5200, possibly with a Project One paint job and choice of components,
for the Nebraska hills and headwinds. Regardless, I think this bike
will still be a favorite for spinning/speed runs on our excellent local,
and flat, trail system for some years to come."
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