There was a younger, skinnier me once that was really into riding mountain bikes. As a result of that, I managed to collect a wide assortment of bits and pieces of various bikes from various places.
Then time happened, and I was no longer younger, or skinnier, and I didn’t ride those bikes any more. Those bits and pieces have followed me around, though, cluttering up garages and basements and reminding me that they used to be a part of my life until I began neglecting them.
Then more time happened. And this happened along with it….
She gets the most out of life and is fascinated with things that hop, jump, make noise, roll around, and sparkle. She is also The Boss. So at the age of 47 I figured that I should probably get my act together so as to not drop dead of a heart attack at 52. My wife also asked that I clean the damn garage. This timely series of events lead me to pull out the old bike frames and get my regular mountain bike set up again, along with a brand new Burly Bee bike trailer for The Boss to sit in while I labor at not being fat and out of shape.
As a younger man, I pushed the mountain bike for a lot of miles on the road. As an older man, I have no desire for that kind of suffering. I am also a long way from navigating even the lamest of single track, so I stuck some narrower tires on it, bled the brakes, swapped out the SPDs for some Race Face platforms, and it’s now a nice little suburban trail bike. But it won’t get me to work, which is where the Trek 7000 frame comes into play.
I’d like to be able to ride to work, about 15 miles each way. Of the three other frames I have (two Trek 820s and the 7000) the 7000 is the closest to a road bike frame, so it wins the big prize. Originally sold as a “hybrid” bike, it has a little more road worthy geometry, a solid front fork, and mostly Shimano components. This one, according to the serial number, is a 1993 model, and the lovely purple color (“Ice Violet” according to the catalog) confirms that. The general plan for the bike is to strip it down to the frame, salvage what I can salvage (I’m guessing “not much”) paint it something unusual, and then rebuild it with new components that I can move off to a real road bike frame should I so desire. Oh yeah, and then ride the thing.
Ancillary to that plan is “clean up my work bench”, “organize my tools”, and “downsize the pile of stuff I’ve managed to collect over the last 30 years.”
This blog is primarily to keep me accountable to that. I figure if I brag on it, I better actually do it. That garage isn’t going to clean itself.