Road Bike Commuter Project 2

I’ve got the old Trek 420 completely stripped of all its components. The last part that needed removing was one of the rack bolts. It was seized into the frame. I tried everything and had to take the last resort of drilling it out and chasing the threads. That took care of the problem.

Commuter Project

I’m going to call around locally to find out what it’d cost to have the frame bead blasted here. I thought about chemical strippers, but this frame has so many nooks and crannies that it would take me forever. If I was going to do a rattlecan paint job on it, I’d probably make the effort. But I’m going to have this frame professionally painted and if I don’t get it, the painter will have to redo it. That would defeat the whole purpose.

Road Bike Commuter Project

I picked up an old Trek 420 road bike from the Bike Shop recently with the goal of turning it into a better commuter than the one I’ve been using. My old commuter is just an old mountain bike with some lights, reflective tape, and a horn. Not especially fast on the road.

Commuter Bike

I did a post about it earlier this summer. Like I said, it’s not fast. I use it because I have it, and that’s pretty much about it. My goal with the Trek is to turn it into a simple, reliable commuter with fenders, a rack, and a new life.