Thursday, August 2, 2012

Assessing The Trek 330 For Light Restoration / And I Try Clipless Pedals For The First Time

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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.
Above: Another thing I could not help but notice are these white 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.
Above: The 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.
Above: They must have sold a million of these Avocet 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.
Above: The 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.
Above: That's what I am talking about! My favorite 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.
Above: I had to slip this in here, the Centurion Accordo RS. Damn that was a pretty bike. I will keep this bike in mind while I am restoring this red Trek 330.
Above: What are the three words I love to see engraved on a vintage alloy racing wheel? If you said MADE IN BELGIUM your right on the money. And they spin pretty straight as well! This just keeps getting better and better! Am I excited to be restoring this American classic? Is Bradley Wiggins having a good year? LTMS Yes to both of course!
Above: The 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.
Above: Did they put these 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.
Above: I have now had a chance to clean up and closely examine these tires. The tread appears to be all there and I can find no damage or chunks missing. And the side walls are very pliable with absolutely no cracking whatsoever. I will be removing the tires to check the tubes for patches and or creases. I will fine tune the wheels on the truing stand and remount the tires with the valve stems centered on the labels or tags.
Above: I did ride the bike as soon as I was 100% sure it was ride able. The brakes felt very strong and also very quiet. Upon inspection I found the shoes appear to be new. There is no apparent wear and the rubber has not hardened at all. I cleaned the shoes and I have no reservations about reusing them. Please spare me the comments about how you always replace the shoes no matter what. If you saw and felt these shoes (like I have) you would be a fool to replace them... period! I have also found other clues that tell me this bike was recently overhauled before it was parked. I have spotted some paint chip repair and fresh grease as well. And let's not forget the newer tires. Someone took very good care of this bike. And I like the choices they made as far as tires, shoes and pedals go. All good quality but not too pricey.
Above: With all the money I am saving on tires and brake shoes and inner tubes I was able to purchase better quality water bottle cages and better quality cork tape as well. Although they look fine I will be replacing all the cables with new Jag wire. I will also be installing a 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.
Above: After a quick internet search I learned the Shimano clip less pedals are actually for a 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.
Above: To play it safe I watched a short instructional video on You Tube about how to properly install the cleats. During which I pointed out to my wife that the guy was using the exact same wrench that I have. You can only imagine how excited she was to hear Afterwards I installed the cleats with no problem. So Here's To You! Mr U-Tube Expert Cleat Installer Guy! (did that remind you of a beer commercial?) never mind
Above: To me it just made sense to get "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!
Above: Ok let's bleed!.. lol... Ok! This had nothing to do with the cleats. This was more of a bad tire selection problem. The ride actually went great. I did feel like I was going farther with less fatigue. I practiced clicking in and out of the pedals several times with no problem. So what happened. When I got home I decided to take a victory lap around the house. I had to front wheel hop over a fallen tree limb that had that shiny half rotten slippery look to it. At when the tire came down I turned right and the tire broke traction on the damp dirt and plowed to a sudden stop. Putting these road type tires on my old Specialized Rock Hopper FS was STUPID. I ride on the pavement 99% of the time. It is that 1% on grass or sand or sandy pavement that keeps getting me into trouble. I have "biffed it" 3 times this summer. Each time loosing traction unexpectedly.
Above: These 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.
Above: A few of the new tools I have picked up this year. Until next time Please RIDE SAFE (not like me) and Remember to Always...RESCUE, RESTORE & RECYCLE!! Cheers, Hugh


  1. Hi Hugh. Do I see you have two chain tools? We own the all metal one, but is the larger one better for the hands? I have difficulty turning the blasted lever.

    This post was great, if a bit gruesome-wink. I just scrolled fast over that one. Good luck with the cleats and shoes. I don't even want to go the clip-in route.

  2. Hi Annie,
    My large chain tool is only for 1/2 x 1/8 and larger chains. I use it for my fixed gear bikes which all have 1/8 chains. (all of mine do anyway) Also many single speed bikes (if not all) require a 1/2 X 1/8 chain. Park does make a larger chain tool for 1/2 x 3/32 (multi speed) chains. Almost always when you go to a larger tool you can apply more torque with less effort.
    Example: If you have a normal size 3/8' ratchet and you are not able to generate enough torque to loosen a bolt, nut or threaded plug. You can use typical 1/2' ratchet with a 3/8' reducer and using the same socket. You will probably be able to break that same bolt loose with the same or less effort. When it comes to generating more torque, bigger really is better.

  3. I guess there is little chance of you telling us where your lucky hunting spots are so let me say I do remember those beer commercials and can identify fully with you on the wife's impression.=)

  4. Hey John,
    Sorry but it's more like No chance. Speaking of beer commercials.. I always tell young people "if you want to learn about drinking don`t watch beer commercials. Watch Cops!" Feel free to use that. Oh yeah, my wife cares about my bikes almost as much as I care about her Barbie collection...LTMS

  5. I really enjoy your road bike restorations, and the Trek 330 project is sure to hold my interest to the end. You're a brave soul, trying out those clipless pedals. I'll never go there! In my younger days I used toe clips and straps, but no longer, not at age 63.

    The 'blood-and-gore' picture brings to mind a first-aid technique that I saw demonstrated on the "Slash and Burn" episode of the Discovery Channel's "Dual Survival" series, season 2. Just pour gunpowder into the flesh wound, ignite the gunpowder, and the wound will be instantly cauterized, stopping the loss of blood. Of course, the after-effects are: pain, possibility of infection, and a troubling sense of total stupidity. I think liberal use of Bactine is a better way to go.

    Let us know if you are considering picking out a road bike to use for most of your recreational rides. With the proper saddle and an elongated stem to raise the handlebars, I'm sure you'll be able to have comfort on a lightweight, vintage road bike. My Zefal Tru Gel Seat and Nitto Technomic Stem solved my comfort problems. More comfort leads to more miles. My body weight is now down to 136 pounds, so less weight on the saddle results in even more comfort. Taking daily doses of Osteo Bi-Flex has also been a big help. Most recreational riders seems to place undue emphasis on lighter-weight components, while ignoring physical conditioning, since losing weight and increasing muscle tone are often difficult goals to achieve.

    I do shop, and I'll be sure to search for needed bicycle components through your blog page. Your bike blog is one-of-a-kind. You always do a meticulous job to make it the best it can be, and you always have something interesting to say. More people should show their appreciation for your work by adding comments.

  6. Hey FujiPulsar88
    Actually the clips worked fine.
    But my judgment (lol) was "not so good" going on the wet morning grass. Especially on those tires! I have been practicing getting in and out of the clips. It is starting to feel like second nature. I will keep practicing until I can do it in my sleep.
    My son loves camping and hiking and watches that show whenever it is on. I saw that episode and could not believe he did that. I think I'll stick with the Triple Antibiotic Ointment.
    After riding the Trek I was thinking it could work for me, if I install a two lever (cross) system. That would be another first for me! For myself I have found a dual sport saddle like the WTB Speed V Comp can be very comfortable "if" I get it positioned just right. And the extra padding in the compression or cycling shorts helps a lot too.
    When the heat wave got bad here my weight went back up to 190 lbs. I was spending to much time inside in the a.c. Now that the weather has eased up a bit I`m sure I`ll get back to about 187. I don`t know if I`ll make my goal of 185 but I have not given up on that goal just yet.
    I really appreciate you using the link when you can. I hope others will follow your example. I started working on the next post for the Trek 330 and should have it finished and up in a few days.
    As always great to hear you are enjoying the blog. And Thank You for leaving a comment.
    And Thanks for your continued support.
    Cheers, Hugh


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