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Gallery - 1981 Trek 613 - Skip Echert

"Here are pictures of my 1981 Trek 613. Trek calls the color "chestnut". The 613 is a Reynolds 531 main tube bike. The bike was bought in 2002 from Recycled Cycles in Seattle. At the time, I was looking for an all 531 Trek frame to build up into a daily rider. I looked at this 613 but, after some deliberation, decided to wait for what I wanted. It was gone from the floor when I returned two weeks later, so I thought the decision was made for me. On a subsequent visit, it was back on the floor! (It had been put in storage to make room for more "worthy" bikes). I decided this was the bike for me. The paint is exceptionally good; it clearly had rested in a garage or storage area for most of its years. All parts were original and the bearings showed virtually no wear."

"Now the bike has almost been totally reworked. The only parts original are the headset, top tube cable clips, the seat binder bolt, and the front derailleur cable stop. It is now a 24-speed index shifter, assembled from both new and used parts. It has Ultegra hubs, new double-butted spokes, new Mavic MA3 700C rims, 12 - 30 cassette, XT rear derailleur, Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters, Suntour Sprint front derailleur, Shimano UN-72 bottom bracket, Avocet seat post, Gran Compe sidepulls and Blackburn rack. The bike fits: the tall SR stem, with 60mm reach, allows me to raise the bars to about the level of the seat, and brings the bars back back to meet my (short) arms. This riding geometry, as espoused by Grant Peterson of Rivendell Bicycle Works, is pure comfort."

"The 613 originally came with no bottle bosses. At a local shop, the cost of adding two pair of RivNuts was $60 (about half the price I paid for the bike). Hmmmmmm - definitely a cost to keep in mind when buying a bike without bosses. Being the scrooge that I am, I bought a RivNut tool ($60) and added the bosses myself. Now all of my bikes have plenty of bosses, causing a cage shortage."

"Since these photos were taken, I exchanged the crank for a classier Sugino AX, and the rear derailleur is a new Shimano XT. "

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