|Reader Ed Brown asks, "Why not a
classic American-made bike?" and sent these photos of his hot pink
1985 Trek. He writes,
How about an American Bike? This is an 1985 Trek 770, 56 cm. This past winter I did major touch up painting, sanding, and polishing and couldn't save all the original decals. (Johnson's paste wax works better than automotive waxes). A local paint store did a great job of color matching the awful pink polyurethane paint. It originally came with a full Super Record Group, which is on the bike except for the seat post, pedals, and brake levers (I still have them). The original SR seat post was too short, so I replaced with a long Suntour (Not Sh....) seat post. Also changed out the pedals with these early Look Carbon pedals. The aero brake levers are a 1987(?) upgrade. Check out the contemporaneous non-wireless Avocet 20 cyclometer (it still works). Also see the commemorative 50th anniversary Reynolds 531 decal. I had to send away to England for it after seeing an article in Bicycling magazine in 1986. The bike also has the following: Regina America hollow link chain, Regina America alloy 7-speed freewheel, Turbo Saddle, Very light weight Rigida Score Rims (36H 15/16/15DB 3X rear, 32H 15/16/15DB 2X front), Specialized Turbo VS tires (They are correct for the age, but not safe to ride on anymore- they came off right after the picture session), and latex tubes. As pictured the bike comes in at 20.0 pounds. I have another set of "everyday" wheels that are a bit heavier and more durable. Forgive the crazy angle of the seat. I just got the bike together and didn't ride it yet. Seat angle was corrected.