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When I bought the Trek 700, I hadn’t realized the front forks were bent back as if the previous owner had collided with something at sometime. The local bike shop said new forks would cost $30 for high tensile steel, or $40 for chrome moly. But I ended up buy a suitable pair of forks off of ebay. They came off of a Bianchi. They were close enough in size to work. They were also designed for 700c wheels, and cantilever brakes. The color of the forks is bright red, opposed the the color of the Trek which is a dark green.
First, the steerer was about 0.25 inches longer than the one from the Trek 700. So I cut it off with a hack saw, and then smoothed the cut down with a metal file. Then I washed the forks in hot water and dishwashing soap. Once it was clean, and dry, I covered the steerer threads and the posts where the brakes attach, and where the crown sits with masking tape. I hung the forks from the ceiling with an old coat hanger. I then cleaned the forks again with paint thinner/mineral spirits. I dried them off with clean rags. Then I spray painted the forks. I used some Rust-Oleum Hunter Green paint which is the closest color I could find. It is a little lighter colored than the bike, but close. I started by painting the the hardest to reach areas. Once I got these painted, then I moved on to the rest of the easier the paint areas. I used light strokes for 10″ away. When I thought I had the forks covered, I used a work light to take a closer look. I noticed a few areas where the red paint was still slight visible. So I went over those areas again. They should be ready to mount tomorrow night.

Bruno Schull - The Long Season: One Year of Bicycle Road Racing in California

The Long Season: One Year of Bicycle Road Racing in California by Bruno Schull

SUMMARY: About half the book is author watching European bike racing on TV.

I thought this book might be interesting as I have been considering trying to do a few local bike races myself. I bought the book because it was supposedly about the author racing in amateur bike races in the California circuit. But about half the book is him sitting in a bar watching the Tour De France, and describing the race blow by blow. Then there is some more stuff about his love life that doesn’t add much to the book. He does actually write about some of his own racing experiences as he tries to earn enough points to move up to the next racing division. I would have liked to have read more about his own racing than his descriptions of the Tour De France. There are already a ton of book about the Tour De France by people who were actually there.
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Scott Parr - Tales from the Toolbox: Inside a Pro Cycling Team

Tales from the Toolbox: Inside a Pro Cycling Team by Scott Parr

SUMMARY: An enjoyable read. Interesting look at behind the scenes of a profressional cycling team.

I enjoy working on bikes. It is alot of fun to tear a bike down, and clean it up, re-grease it, and put it back together. And it’s alot cheaper to rebuild a bike than a car. That it is why I was drawn to this book. This book follows the author as he works as a “wrench” (bicycle mechanic) for the Motorola racing team. He describes building up the bikes before the season, building wheels on a large scale, maintaining the bikes in hotel rooms or parking lots late at night, or early in the morning. The bike mechanics also have to do things like wash the team vehicles, and bikes. He discusses what goes into setting up the bikes for particular races. The wheels that you use for one race may be completely wrong for another. There is some talk about Lance Armstrong in the book, but he only receieves minor attention.
The author also gives tips on bike selection and maintenance throughout the book. If you like reading about bike racing, or bike repair, I think you will enjoy this book.
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I got a call from the local bike shop that my sealed bottom bracket was in. So I stopped in on my way home from work. Sure enough they had it. I was surprised to see one side was plastic. The guy told me I might need a special Shimano tool, and grabbed one off the rack. I looked at, and said it looked like the one I already had.
When I got home, didn’t even bother changing, and was over trying to screw the bottom bracket into the frame by hand. It was tight. I didn’t use much pressure, and backed it back out. I was thinking I might have cross threaded it. But after screwing it in and out a bunch of times, and even mounting the other side (which went in much more smoothly) to make sure it was centered, I came to the conclusion that it was just tight. So I got it all installed.
I mounted the cranks, and was happy to find the small chain ring didn’t rub against the frame anymore! Way cool! So I got the bottom end of the bike all put back together with the new crank set.
Trek 700 Cyclocross bike

Also, please see my YouTube video How To Find The Model Year Of Your Trek Bike.
I bought my Trek 700 used off of craigslist. Supposedly Trek frames have a serial number on them, usually located on the bottom bracket. And with the serial number you are supposed to be able to find the year. But I looked on the BB of my Trek 700, but I could not find a serial number. I even read that it might be hidden under the cable guide, so I removed that. But there was nothing there either. Maybe the higher level Trek’s have serial #’s but the cheaper ones don’t? I dont know.
But I still wanted to know what the model year of my Trek 700. So first I headed over to This is a really cool site!!! Going to the Trek Models By Year page, I found that there was a Trek 700 road bike made in 1983. Mine is not a road bike, it is a hybrid. But they made a “mountain bike” version of the Trek 700 from 1991 to 2001. Now I went to the Trek Brochures page. I was able to browse the brochures from 1991 to 1995. Specific models of Trek bikes come in a very limited number of colors each model year. I went through each brochure looking to see what colors the Trek 700 came in for that year. I quickly found that none of the Trek 700’s came in greem for the years. Unfortunatly, they only had brochures up to 1995. So now I went to Here they had tech sheets from 1998 to 2001 for the Trek 700. I went through each of the data sheets until I came to the 2001 tech sheet. It listed several colors, one of which was Rainforest with gold/white decals. Sounded right. I started looking through the rest of the specs. Sure enough, everything matched. So I quickly decided my Trek 700 Multitrack was a 2001 model. Much newer than I had thought. The tech sheet also gives a ton of other cool information.

I also used this method to find the model year of my Trek 1000. It was listed on eBay as probably a 1992, but by going through the brochures, I found it was a 1990 model. The info was all on

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