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    Newbie just restored Dad's 20 year old Trek

    A couple of years ago my dad gave me his and my mom's 1993 Trek Mountain Track 850s. Her's rides pretty good but his had broken teeth on the chain ring and a few other issues. I started riding mom's to work about 8 months ago and feel in love with riding... not to mention I dropped about 20 pounds and started working out again. I got the desire to go and do some single track but didn't trust either bike so I decided to restore dad's old bike.

    I took it completely apart and replaced all broken parts, cleaned and lubed everything. After a couple of months, I finished it last night and took it for a test ride today. It rides better than it did when it was new IMO. I really learned a lot about bikes while rebuilding it. Thanks to the forums here, Zinn's book and a lot of youtube videos I was able to do it. It was more complicated than I thought it would be and I ran into some hiccups that slowed me down. It also cost more than I thought and probably wasn't worth it other than the sentimental value and also the ability to learn about bike mechanics. It was a bit of a pain working on a bike this old because there is not a lot of information about it.. such as the new bottom bracket going in opposite of the way it came out. Here are some pics:






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    Good for you for loosing weight and jumping into an old bike project. Fun, gratifying, gets expensive. Loose the plastic pedals you will thank me later. Also thats a lot of seat post showing. Obey the max height line. Next project a bigger frame. Something fillet brazed with XT possibly.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2, or 3. Fillet brazed Ibis Custom. Cunningham Racer. Otis Guy (but not that softride model). That's all I need I don't need anything else... except... except for an old Mountain Goat bar stem combo. And that's all I need. I don't need anything else. Except.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    Also thats a lot of seat post showing. Obey the max height line.
    Check the max height on the stem too.
    I may or may not be laughing at you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    Good for you for loosing weight and jumping into an old bike project. Fun, gratifying, gets expensive. Loose the plastic pedals you will thank me later. Also thats a lot of seat post showing. Obey the max height line. Next project a bigger frame. Something fillet brazed with XT possibly.
    Thanks! Can you recommend some affordable pedals for this bike? The ones in the pics are the originals with out the straps... The buckles were rusted bad. I actually had to move that post down an inch or two before I could ride it. What do you mean by fillet brazed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    Check the max height on the stem too.
    I've got the line about 2mm below being visible in that pic. Do you think it is too high? This is all new to me.

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    Nice! I believe that's a '94 in steel blue. Trek 1994 brochure
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinchi View Post
    Nice! I believe that's a '94 in steel blue. Trek 1994 brochure
    Yeah, I believe you are right. Dad thought he bought them when they moved to New Jersey in 93 but the color in the pic is just like mom's. he must have got them the next year. My parents are 20 years older than me so they were my age when they bought them.

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    I probably test rode the same bike when I was shopping for my Marin Bear Valley back in '94 (I'm your parents' age). I still ride it and the steel frame and fork paired with some fat knobbies offer a pretty nice ride off road.

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    That's a nice looking bike Joe! Looks like you have some nice wide handlebars on there.

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    Thanks! Yeah, that's a 660mm x 25.4mm low-rise handlebar. It just slipped right into the old quill stem.

    It made a huge difference for me, at least, on descents. A lot of those stock bars are traditional XC size, 580mm, which feel just a little nervous when you're bombing down a trail. The big bar let's you control the steering with your big muscles, shoulders and back, as opposed to wrists and forearms. It also puts your arms in a nice position to absorb trail chatter.

    Cheap, worthwhile upgrade, IMHO.
    Joe
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    Re: Newbie just restored Dad's 20 year old Trek

    That bike is sitting in my fathers attic as I type this. I bought it off my buddie in 96 for $100. Right afterwards I purchased a 96' Girvin Proflex Beast and gave the trek to my dad which he rode like crazy. He now owns a Trek Navigator 1.0 which I bought him. I have toyed with the idea of restoring it. It's still 100% stock with very worn components.

    Yours looks awesome!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stunnerable View Post
    That bike is sitting in my fathers attic as I type this. I bought it off my buddie in 96 for $100. Right afterwards I purchased a 96' Girvin Proflex Beast and gave the trek to my dad which he rode like crazy. He now owns a Trek Navigator 1.0 which I bought him. I have toyed with the idea of restoring it. It's still 100% stock with very worn components.

    Yours looks awesome!!
    Back in 94' when my dad got this bike I went up for a visit and we rode them down a canal in New Hope, PA. I believe that is close to you.

    This bike is way faster than the other one I have just like it now that I have greased everything and upgraded the BB and put new Cogs, Chainring and chain.

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    Re: Newbie just restored Dad's 20 year old Trek

    Sure it is! My wife and I go to new hope all the time for dinner and just hanging out. The canal is a great place to get your burn on. Little monotonous though.

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