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Gallery - 1983 Trek 760 - Roger Sacilotto

Roger writes: "I bought my 760 frame from Cycle Works on Martha’s Vineyard in 1984, and put most of the components from my old Paris Sport onto the new frame, along with a new OMAS bottom bracket and Stronglight headset. I had the Record calipers, but all other components were eventually replaced. Over the next couple of years, I picked up Super Record levers, a Super Record crankset, OMAS hubs, Araya wheels and Record shift levers. However, I injured my knee in 1989 and couldn’t ride for a long while.

"Over the last couple of years, I have been riding with no problems, and last year (2003) I started upgrading my components. I got a new Selle Italia seat and Speedplay X-2 pedals (with Sidi Genius 4 Mega shoes, the extra width was really nice!). This year, I bought some used components on eBay from the original (mid ‘80s) time frame, including Super Record rear and Nuovo Record front derailleurs, and a Super Record seatpost, for a grand total of $75. My brake hoods wore out a long time ago, and Campy hoods are more expensive than I wanted to pay, so I got a set of Modolo 919 anatomic hoods for $20, and they are very comfortable. The only downside of the project was having to remove the “760” chainstay protector because it was partially torn and looked ragged.

"I was very surprised by the quality of the front derailleur. I originally had a late-70’s Dura-Ace model that shifted very well, and many people said I should stick with it. Yet when I first tried out the Record, it shifted as well or better, although I did get a new chain, and that could also be contributing to the performance. The 760 frame feels as good as ever, and is comfortable and responsive. All in all, I love my old-fashioned piece-by-piece bike (including the brake cables flapping in the wind :-), and am happy with the recent improvements, which cost a lot less than a new equivalent bike.

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In May 2005, Roger writes: "I submitted my 1983 Trek 760 for your gallery last year. Since then, I had to rebuild my rear wheel, and while I was at it, I succumbed to gear envy and upgraded my drivetrain to a 9-speed. I brought my bike to Harris Cyclery in West Newton, MA, where they spread the rear stays to 130mm, built wheels with Mavic MA-3 rims and Shimano 105 hubs, and added Dura-Ace bar-end shifters and an Ultegra rear derailer. I chose the bar-ends because of price and because I could keep my brakes, crankset and front changer. I am very happy with the upgrade, the extra gears and easy shifting make riding much more enjoyable." Here are pictures of the upgrades:


In April 07 Roger writes: "Talk about offers you can’t refuse. I was given a used Dura-Ace 9sp component group (STI, brakes, changers, crank) and a Bontrager anatomic-bend handlebar, so I upgraded my bike again, and added a Brooks Team Professional saddle. The increased braking power and ease of shifting is really nice. Now I have to find another Trek steel frame to make a total vintage ride with my leftover components!"



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