Trek 620 Handmade Touring Bicycle Reynolds 531 53cm CHI CL
- Not mine. Pics. Could be someone's dream tourer.
For Sale is a 1983 Vintage Trek 620 Touring Bicycle 21" (53.3 cm)
frame center to center - crank to top tube.
This is a hand built, silver brazed Reynolds 531c double butted
bicycle with gorgeous lugged construction. This bicycle, which was
made in the USA (Waterloo Wisconsin), represents beautiful
craftsmanship. In order to get a hand built bike made in the USA of
this quality today, you would have to custom order it from a frame
builder like Rivendell, Vanilla or Serotta and would end up paying A
LOT more just for the frame. In terms of Market value, I've tried to
price this one competitively. This same frame with old components and
no fancy extras just went for $680 on the 'bay. As always, if you buy
local you don't have to pay shipping and you can see and try before
The frame geometry on this bike is very interesting. Trek advertised
it as a "Touring bicycle" (you can see the original brochure here:
http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/1983/83Trek10.jpg) and indeed
it has many features of the best touring bikes including a relaxed
geometry, long stiff chainstays and eyelets for racks or fenders.
However this bike differs on the front end from a more classic touring
frame in that the steering is tight and responsive, unlike many
touring bikes which steer more like wheelbarrows, in fact it handles
more like a racing bike than a touring bike. This bike is truly a joy
to ride, very fast and springy but also very comfortable, I have taken
several multi-thousand mile tours on this bike and I have loved every
minute of them.
I have completely rebuilt this bicycle with the following great
components, some are original, like the crank and front derailluer
others are ones that I chose to make this my own rockstar of a touring
Wheels: Rigida Alloy (Aluminum) Touring Wheels, 40 spokes in rear, 36
in front - Front wheel has neat old Sachs odometer built into the
axel, no batteries required!
Crank: Sugino AT 28-45-50 (Granny + half step) Sheldon Brown claimed
this was the best touring crankset ever made
Rear Derailleur: Huret Duopar Titanium rear derailleur (these were
insanely expensive in their day and are widely regarded as the best
shifting touring derailleur of the 80s)
Front Derialleur: Suntour Cyclone MK II
Tires: Serfas 27 x 1 1/4 Flat Protection system ... Almost New
Chain: Sram 8 speed brand new chain
Stem: Nitto Technomic Cold Forged long quill (very adjustable) stem,
less than 1 year old
Handlebars: Soma alloy Mustache bars, super groovy looking, turns
Brake Levers: Brand New (purchased and installed last week) Tektro
Shifters: Suntour Bar End (bar con) shifters (these things are
legendary for their reliability and easy shifting)
Bar Tape: New Natural Cork Tape
Saddle: Vintage Brooks B5N Stretched leather Saddle, reconditioned
with nearly a tub of proofride
Cables and housing: New Jagwire L3 Stainless steel cables with teflon
coated housing installed with all the right ferrules etc.
Brake Calipers: Dia-Compe Single Pivot Calipers with new pads on front
(These long reach calipers have plenty of adjustability to put a 700c
wheel on the bike)
Fenders: Beautiful handmade Honjo Hammered metal fenders, pure bling
with lots of function (http://www.jitensha.com/eng/newhammerfndrs_e.html)
Rear Rack: New MEC Silver Rack rated for lots of gear
Headset: Stock Headset, Rebuilt 2 months ago
The whole bike was recently rebuilt with fresh waterproof grease.
Issues with this bike:
The frame is in really beautiful condition, I would say 8.5 out of 10.
there are some small cosmetic nicks in the finish, typical for a bike
of this vintage. There are NO dents or structural flaws. The Headset
started giving me trouble a couple of months ago so I took it all
apart and rebuilt it with fresh grease. I suspect that a few years
down the road this will need to be replaced. The rear wheel is built
on the Maillard Helicomatic hub system. These hubs don't have the best
reputation, but I will say that they have served me with zero issues
for a long time. I adjust the bearings regularly and keep the
freewheel pretty clean.
If you are interested, come down and take it for a test ride and I
promise you'll fall in love.