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Above: The Trek 330 as I found it at one of my favorite bicycle hunting spots. The first thing that impressed me about this bike were the Shimano clip less pedals. This will be my first experience with clip less pedals. I can hardly wait to find out if they can live up to all the hype.
brake lever hoods. These are extremely difficult to find and they demand a premium price. If they do not clean up well, it may be cheaper to just replace them.
Shimano EXAGE brake calipers look to be in fine condition. These will clean up nicely. And look at the tread wear or "lack there of" on these Bontrager Select K road bicycle tires. I have a hunch these are a recent replacement but that will take closer inspection to confirm.
touring bicycle saddles in the 1980's. This one is badly scraped on the right side. The right side pedal is scraped as well, but the damage appears to be only cosmetic. I noticed the right side cork tape was scraped as well.
This bike has obviously been down, but does not appear to have suffered any serious damage.
I am happy to see the micro adjust seat post. This one appears to be of decent quality and is in really good shape. That is a big plus.
rear derailleur is also scratched but the alloy looks good. and I do not see any real damage. I can probably touch up the metallic paint if I can locate a color match.
The chain appears to be good quality. If it cleans up well and is not stretched or worn I will probably re use it. I do not see any teeth missing on the free wheel sprockets and they do not look to be excessively worn. But seeing how I missed that on the Teton the first time around I`ll check it very carefully.
road bike crank set the Shimano Bio Pace, and it spins straight! Sweetness! And the Shimano EXAGE front derailleur looks ok. It appears that the clipless pedal took all the damage in this area when the bike went down. Also it is good to see the entire Shimano EXAGE package in tact. I have a set of pedals in mind for this bike already. Similar the the pedals on the red Centurion Accordo RS I did a few years ago. Just the prettiest little red road racer I ever worked on.
drop handlebars are in fine shape. I`m not surprised as the scraping on the cork handlebar tape was minimal. The threaded Headset is super smooth and should be an easy service. (clean & lube) And the stem looks fine and should (like the bars) polish-up nicely with a little Mother's.
water bottle cages on every bike built in the 1980's? These are going to have to be replaced for sure. The down tube mounted shifters are in fine shape and will just get polished up a little. I ran the bike through all the gears and I am pleased to say, The index shifting is still "dialed in". No chatter in any gear but the shifting is a little sluggish. I am sure cleaning and lube and new Jag Wire shift cables will solve that problem.
bicycle head and taillight set. And a new saddle, wedge bag and bicycle tool kit. I was considering a rack, but that is not the look I am after. And the Head Set and Three Piece Crank will be serviced as well. And the front and rear hubs will be serviced as always.
And everything dirty will be cleaned and everything dull will be polished. I will also be doing paint chip touch up. The next post will be about the Trek 330 restoration.
mountain bike. I thought "perfect" I have just the place for them. Before installing the pedals I took one with me to Cycle Therapy in Waterford. I needed to find out exactly what I was going to need in the way of shoes and cleats. It turns out they had the cleats but the shoes were pricy in my size. But they did explain to me what I needed in the way of shoes. I checked REI on the net because I had a 50.00 gift certificate. After I saw the shoes online I wanted, I called the store to check for size. They had my size plus a couple sizes larger and smaller. So off I went to REI of Troy Mi. The store was nice and well stocked , but a little to "Lah - Dee - Dah" for me. So after convincing the cashier I did not want to "join the club" I paid for my new shoes and headed for home.
Shimano cycling Shoes" for my "Shimano Cleats" to fit my "Shimano Pedals." Why go looking for trouble? In all I spent about 110.00 (less a 50.00 gift certificate) for shoes and cleats. Lets Ride!
Kenda K West tires are not bad tires. They are just the wrong tire for me.
I will probably switch to a shallow or short knobby tire. Something that will roll smooth but still give me some much needed traction during that 1% of the time I spend off the pavement. Is that a Lucky four leaf clover sticking out of my tread? I guess that only works if your Irish.