Trek 830 redo

A and C are getting rid of a few things and one of them is the Trek 830 hardtail mountain bike.  This bike was made in 1984, when I purchased it new.  Same year T was born.  The bike frame is cromoly (steel), geometry is upright (the rider is sitting more upright rather  than leaning forward like a racer), handlebar is called a bull moose.  Cost was about $350.  Note the one piece handlebar and stem, the bar ends (grips on the end of the handle bar) and the black knobby tires.

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The bar ends were added long ago.

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In 1983 and 1984 bike manufacturers began making what was called a mountain bike, combining gearing from road bikes and fat tires from cruiser bikes.    Over a period of years they modified every component of the bike: added front suspension, added rear suspension, changed the frame geometry, changed the frame material, added other style handle bars, pedals lost weight and gained grippy spikes, gearing expanded so you can pedal up steeper grades.  Everything was lighter in weight.  Today a hard tail with an aluminum frame with similar derailer and sprocket would cost around $1200–and would be a much better  bike.  But brand new.  I like the old vintage look and feel of a steel frame.

A few things were changed last month.  Here’s the new bike

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The drive train is original as are the brakes and shifters, but the grips are new cork ergomonic style.  Comfortable.

gripsNew round bike bag to match the shape of the tires.


New platform pedals, thin and light, with lots of spikes … I don’t clip in anymore.


I replaced the quill stem-bullmoose bar with a long 170mm stem and a north road style handlebar with a little less sweep.

red bike-004 copyI’ve always heard that you should spend your money on what you touch and feel on a bike:  grips,  pedals, tires, seat and gearing.  Which is just about the whole bike.