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    My 86 Trek 500 with 2010 components

    This is the 86 Trek 500 I bought a few months ago.
    It came with Shimano 600 components.
    Since I have always been an avid MTB'r and wanted to get into road cycling, I bought this bike for $200, from a guy on Craigslist who races bikes and rebuilds them for a hobby.

    Since being a MTB'r, I enjoyed the index shifting over friction shifting, I decided to do an updated conversion using new parts.
    This is my first bike build, so give me some slack. I do however take constructive criticism.
    Bike rides like a dream.
    I am still looking for a yellow saddle.

    SRAM 9 speed cassette
    Truvativ compact crank 50/36 with GXP BB
    SRAM 9 speed chain
    Shimano 105 front and rear derailleur
    ITM 1-1/8" stem
    Colnago 42 bars oversized 31.8
    Forte brifters
    Fizik micro bar tape
    Jagwire cables
    Maddux F40 aero wheelset
    Forte pro+ tires ( have the Conti 4000s twin pack on order from PBK)


    Heres some pics. Hope it works, they were too big to upload.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/18956493@N02/

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    Well done.
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    Looks Great!!!

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    Looks great. I have a 1983 613 with a full 10 speed centaur group. The old steel frames weren't meant for 10 speed. If I stand on a climb, I can get the back end to move enough to shift gears. Other than that it is a sweet ride.

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    That looks unbelievably awesome. Really really well done.
    Do work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strathconaman
    Looks great. I have a 1983 613 with a full 10 speed centaur group. The old steel frames weren't meant for 10 speed. If I stand on a climb, I can get the back end to move enough to shift gears. Other than that it is a sweet ride.
    For awhile I had 10 speed Centaur on my late '80's Reynolds 531P tubed Falcon (a fairly flexy tubeset) and never had that problem. I'm no flyweight at 170 lbs. and a fairly strong rider.

    Methinks there are other "issues."
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    Very nice. I really like it when people make the effort to keep and older bike/frame. Good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    For awhile I had 10 speed Centaur on my late '80's Reynolds 531P tubed Falcon (a fairly flexy tubeset) and never had that problem. I'm no flyweight at 170 lbs. and a fairly strong rider.

    Methinks there are other "issues."
    The issue is the 613 has 44cm chainstays. The sprocket pitch is only 4.15mm, and getting the back end to move 2-3mm on a 30 year old frame with 44cm chainstays isn't a Herculean task.

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    Wow,
    Thanks guys.
    I thought for sure I was going to catch some grief for hacking up an old bike (eventhough no hacking was done).

    I also want to get a new set of dual action brake calipers (the old Shimano 600s are still on there). What do you guys think, stay with silver or go black?

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    Looks great. Any idea on what the updates have done for weight? I think they were originally around 23 lbs back in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strathconaman
    The issue is the 613 has 44cm chainstays. The sprocket pitch is only 4.15mm, and getting the back end to move 2-3mm on a 30 year old frame with 44cm chainstays isn't a Herculean task.
    Point absolutely taken. My Falcon has very short chainstays. And all things considered, I'm probably not "Herculean."
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickillus
    Looks great. Any idea on what the updates have done for weight? I think they were originally around 23 lbs back in the day.

    Just weighed it. Came in at #19.4, with watebottle cage, pedals, rear light, and pump mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony597fitter
    Just weighed it. Came in at #19.4, with watebottle cage, pedals, rear light, and pump mount.
    Very nice. I have an '87 560 that I'm often tempted to update but since the original components are in great shape I just leave it alone. It's a great frame. Enjoy it.

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    What are your thoughts on the Maddux F40 Wheelset?

    -Jake

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    how do you like the forte brifters?

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    As far as the Maddux F40s, only time will tell. They seem to be a quality wheelset that is affordable and light. I came from a set of Mavic tubulars, so I wont be able to comment on them for awhile. They were cheap, straight and are VERY smooth.

    As far as the Forte brifters, they are smooth and when I want to shift, they shift.

    This bike is just a bike for me to do some miles on unltil I have saved enough to buy a nice Carbon Fibre next year.
    I am VERY happy with the way it turned out.

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