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bought this Trek 420 in 1984 after my trusty, orange Centurion was
stolen. At that time, I was riding a bicycle every day from my apartment
in downtown Norfolk, Va., to my ship at the Naval Station.
have always liked this bike because of its generous 24-inch (61cm)
frame. I am 5 feet 11 inches tall. Whenever I ask for a 24-inch
frame, shop owners try to sell me a 56cm or 58cm. Those are too
420 was Trek's bottom-of-the-line touring bike. As the cheap, stock
components failed one by one, I replaced them with Shimano, Brooks
and Nitto. The lugged steel frame is battered but not broken.
the frame, the 420's tires are measured in inches (27 x 1 1/4);
and the boxy Araya rims accept Schraeder valves. Truly, this bike
was made in the days when men were men; and women were, too.