I've finally got something worthy of sending to the current classics
been lusting after a steel frame bike for over a year and had planned
on buying something new. Then, a few weeks ago I found this old
Trek 412, that from the sr# was built in May 1980. The bar tape
and brake hoods were ratty, and it was covered with 20+ years of
garage grunge. The frame looked solid and was my size so I took
I got it home and started cleaning it up I basically discovered
it was a 25 year old bike in nearly new condition. Interestingly,
the components (bars, cable housings, etc) date a year later in
May '81. The bike is essentially bone stock except for a few new
parts I swapped in while tuning it up.
1980-81 Trek 412 25-1/2" lugged steel frame, Ishiwata 022 ChroMo
d-b main tubes with straight guage 0265 stays and fork w/ silver
brazed Nikko Sangyo long-point lugs; Light metallic blue DuPont
Imron paint; original DiaCompe 500 sidepull brakes and pads; orginal
Suntout F/R Derailleur and levers; original SR "Custom" crank and
handlebars; original Sunshine hubs, 27" Rigida rims - and ready
for this...Original Michelin Bib-Sport tires and tubes that still
with my discovery, I tuned it up and swapped-out some parts for
-Brooks B-17 saddle from another bike - still have the Avocet original
-Old Campy Seatpost (I wasn't going to mount my Brooks to the old
SR seatpost so I went to a local shop looking for a replacement.
Peyton at The
Bicycle Spot gave me this post when he saw the bike - Thanks
-Nitto Dirt-Drop Stem (from another bike - SR custom was too short)
-New DiaCompe Hoods (old gum hoods were shot)
-Bar Tape (I know - should be cloth or cork, but I couldn't find
-Cheapo bottle cage
bought this bike planning on swapping out all the compnents for
new - but the originals are in such great shape I almost feel bad
to do it. We'll see. For now, I'll ride her as-is until I can make
up my mind. Given her condition, she might be better in the hands
of a collector.
only ridden her about 10 miles so far, but for a 25+ year old bike
she sure rides nice. I'm planning on taking her out for 20-30 one
weekend soon once I have a couple spare tubes and tires on-hand
(don't want to risk too long a ride on 25 yr old tires and tubes).
Who knows, it might be the first 30 miles on the bike - if only
it could talk.
for a great site. Sure do like seeing all the cool bikes out there!