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Phatboing
04-09-2014, 05:12 PM
First, look at that blue.

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After a year and some of deluding myself that my miniature-gorilla torso can fit on this frame, I've decided to give it up to a discerning person of compact proportions. I'm looking for around 160-ish, but make me an offer.

The bike's a 1990 Trek 420 (http://vintage-trek.com/TrekBrochure1990.htm#420), sold at the time as a "sport tourer", which I gather was fancypants talk for "same ol' road geometry, but with braze-ons". The frame is made of one part True Temper chromoly, and one part pure joy.

Some scuffs, but nowhere near as many as you'd expect on a frame this old. Minor surface rust in the steerer and seat tube, which, as the saying goes, will buff out.

Also comes with "asset tags (http://www.myassettag.com/bike/index.aspx)" that can help identify the bike if it were to be abducted by miscreants.

I also have additional bits and bobs (incl. stems and handlebars) to go with this, and I'll update the post when I get around to herding them.

Specs I can think of:
Size: 18 inches (46cm). Here's a geometry chart (http://vintage-trek.com/images/trek/90Trek/1990framegeometry.jpg). The effective top tube is the same as many 50cm road bikes I've looked at, for what it's worth.
Rear hub spacing: 126mm

Pictures:
5166 5167 5168 5169

Other background stuff (because I really liked this bike when it was a complete bike and I'm going to tell random crap about it, dammit):

When I acquired the bike, it'd had two owners, but had almost never been ridden (which should be a fine-able offense, really). Those scuffs I mentioned? All my handiwork, from treating the bike like a bike and riding it.

Built up as a road bike, it's fast and delightful. Add a rack and load it up, and it's wonderfully stable. In both scenarios, the frame is very, very comfy. Yes, my reference points for steel are my very over-built Fargo and Troll, but it's still the most comfortable frame I've owned.

More pictures, presented without comment:
http://i.imgur.com/DA3H42A.jpg http://cdn.velospace.org/files/booey1.jpg

Phatboing
06-13-2014, 09:40 AM
I'm starting to consider donating this to Phoenix Bikes or similar worthy cause, because (a) I'm not using it, and (b) I'd really like if someone did, instead of it sitting in my apartment and rusting. The countdown begins!

DismalScientist
06-13-2014, 10:01 AM
Short people have all the luck...

Oh wait, I don't need another bike.

mstone
06-13-2014, 10:26 AM
it's a nice bike, but tiny :)

ShawnoftheDread
06-13-2014, 10:46 AM
I've eagerly asked my wife if she wants me to build her a road bike. I doubt I'll get the answer I want.

Phatboing
06-13-2014, 11:23 AM
it's a nice bike, but tiny :)

I know, right?

I've toyed with the idea of giving the frame a second shot and building another bike, but I'm pretty sure I'm at s-1 right now, and don't want to push my luck.

mstone
06-13-2014, 12:53 PM
I'd almost think about it as the basis for an older kids' bike, but had better stop.

ShawnoftheDread
06-13-2014, 06:34 PM
$75? Not that I'm cheap or anything.

Phatboing
06-15-2014, 04:29 PM
Sorry, this leaves me either in a fair business deal or total altruism, and 75 is neither, no?

ShawnoftheDread
06-15-2014, 07:51 PM
Sure, I can see how donating it to a worthy charity would be of more value to you than my offer. Fair enough, Phoenix will put it to good use.

But I could pretty easily buy a complete bike of similarly good but not particularly notable vintage for $50 more than you're asking for your frame set.