Thursday, January 16, 2014

1992 Trek 1000 Overhaul / Restoration. Probably Closer to Restoration

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle After
Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Before
I am starting a Trek 1000 Overhaul / Restoration today.  After breaking the Trek 1000 down its probably closer to a restoration then an overhaul.  I road a Trek 1200 for sometime some years ago and I happen to have gotten it back from the person I sold it to years ago.  The Trek 1200 will be posted in the future as a restoration and a bicycle for sale, it is a nice 61 cm Trek 1200 which is good for taller riders like me because there aren't many good tall bicycle out there.

The Trek 1000 is a very nice bicycle, its nice quality with a 7 speed indexed group set, very nice wheels, and a nice aluminum frame.  At the time I liked this type of aluminum frame, it was thicker then today's aluminum frames and rides better.  Overall the Trek 1000's series came in at a very respectable 23-24 lbs which is not actually that bad even compared to comparable bicycles toady unless you start comparing super expensive carbon fiber frames.

The Trek 1000 will receive a restoration in some places and an overhaul in others, a new saddle, all new cables and housings, which you have to use a trick to get the new through the frame brake cable threaded, new Continental tires and tubes and new handlebar tape.  It is one heck of a bicycle now and will be even better when finished.

Also after some quick research I found this Trek 1000 is a 1992 year model.

Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Crank - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Derailleur - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Derailleur
Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Wheel Hub - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Wheel Rim - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Brake
Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Brake - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Fast Back Seat Lug

Trek 1000 Restoration - Stem - Before

Trek 1000 Restoration - Shift Levers - Before

The frame only had a few chips and scratches, I cleaned the frame, the paint surface was pretty rough and dull.  I power polished the frame with three different compounds and now it looks fantastic.  The blue just shines and has a deep wet look.  I am super happy with the results.  I will try to mix a paint to touch up the chips.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration -  Frame Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Cool Brake Bridge - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Fork Dirty & Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bottom Bracket - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Down Tube - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Frame Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bottom Bracket - Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Down Tube - Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Fork Polished
The bottom bracket was extremely gritty, I think you can tell why in the photo below.  the bottom bracket and headset cleaned nice and polished nice.  With new grease both spin fast and smooth.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bottom bracket & Headset
Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bottom Bracket & Headset
Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Headset - New Grease

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Headset Complete
1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bottom Bracket - Packed
The stem has a really nice shape, the stem is the style right before threadless headsets came on the seen.  The stem polished nice and looks great against the polished headset and the blue paint.  The handlebars where in good shape they need only light polishing and some elbow grease to remove the old tape and goo.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Stem - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Stem - Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Stem & Handlebars - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Stem & Handlebars - Installed
The brake calipers I was hoping I wouldn't have to break down because they have a paint coating but the chrome and aluminum pieces where badly rusted, the rust doesn't show up well in the photos but it was heavy.  I polished out the rust and greased the components as I assembled.  The calipers look great and function perfect.  These are nice side pull brakes, the last generation of development in side pull brakes before dual pivot came around.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Calipers - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Caliper - Exploded

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Caliper - Cleaned & Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Calipers - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Brake
Installed

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Brake
Installed
The crank is a nice crank, it did not polish out as nice as I hoped to a mirror finish but it has a different kind of finish on it.  It did polish nice with a nice finish.  The crank really looks good on the blue frame.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Crank - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Crank - Exploded

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Crank - Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Crank - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Crank - Installed
The derailleurs where in rough shape, very dirty and very dry of lubricant.  They where not quite frozen but very gritty and hard to move.  I cleaned the derailleurs and then flushed out all of the pivot points.  The derailleurs polished nice and function great after lubrication.  I am happy with the results.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Derailleurs - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Derailleur - Exploded

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Derailleur - Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Derailleur - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Derailleur - complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Derailleur - Installed
Last for today was the brake levers.  They where functioning fine, I cleaned them and cleaned and treated the hoods.  They took a little lubricating and now look and function good.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Levers - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Levers - After

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Brake Levers - Installed
I would have completed the Trek 1000 today but I could not put a full day in.  Tomorrow the wheels, shift levers, pedals, run the cables and housings, handlebar tape and saddle and it will be done.  I am extremely happy and proud of the results so far, I really like the blue and the shine of the chrome and alloy.  Check back soon.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bike - Now
The wheels are nice wheels, the front wheel is a replacement wheel from sometime in the bikes life but the surprise about the front wheel is it is cartridge bearings, so it turned out to be a very high end wheel.  The rear wheel was very dirty and the bearings ground pretty bad.  The wheels cleaned up nice and look good, they both took a lot of truing, they where both out of straight and the rear wheel was egged, but they both are very true now.  I installed the new tubes and Continental Ultra sport tires.  I am very pleased with the results.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Rear Wheel - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - Polished

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - New Grease

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Wheel
Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Wheel Hub - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Wheel - Cartridge Bearings
Very Nice Wheel

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Front Wheel - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
New Continental Tire

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Wheels - Complete
The shift levers and pedals came next.  The shift levers are nice Shimano 7 speed indexed, they polished like jewels and look fantastic on the polished blue frame.  The pedals where in rough shape, they took a lot of flushing and lubricating to spin good.  The left side pedal was covered in tar, the tar removed but some staining in hard to get in areas remains in the aluminum.  In the end the pedals came out okay, and spin pretty good.  Pedals take the worst of the beating that a bike goes through so they are also the hardest to bring back.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Shift Levers - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Shift Levers - Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Pedals - Before

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Pedal - Complete
Last is running the new cables and housings and installing the handlebar tape and saddle.  One photo I took on how to thread the new cable housing through the frame did not turn out but one did. the cable housing fit to tight into the hole into the frame to tape the new housings to the old and pull threw.  The best way is to remove the old housing and thread an old shift cable through the holes and then thread the new cable housing on the shift cable and push it along the cable threw the frame.  The new cables and white cable housings look fantastic against the blue.

The handlebar tape and white saddle really fill out the Trek 1000 very nice, I am so happy with the restoration results.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - New Bits and Pieces

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Cable Housing Thread Through Frame
on an old Shift Cable

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Handlebar Tape & Cables - Complete
The Trek 1000 shifts beautifully on the stand, the brake took a lot of adjustment to get right, they are actually pretty complicated or maybe not complicated but unusual.  The Trek 1000 is a beautiful bicycle, the restoration turned out fantastic.  I was curious of the weight of the Trek 1000 so I got out my Park Tool Bicycle Scale and it came in at a very respectable 23 lbs 6 oz, not to bad at all!

I finished the bicycle last night but ended up having a very busy day so I did not get final photos, those will happen in the morning so check back alter for those.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Weighing the Trek 1000

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
23 Lbs 6 oz

I have been waiting for at least some sun to shine to be able to take indoor photos, today I got the sun but not a break in this brutal winter, -6 degrees on the thermometer outside.  So needless to say the final photos are indoors.

I really am happy with the results of the Trek 1000, it has made me excited to restore my Trek 1200 I got back from the person i sold it to sometime back.

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bike Complete - Side View

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete - Angle View

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete - Handlebars

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete - Stem

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Brake

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete - Shift Levers

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete - Rear Brake

1992 Trek 1000 Restoration - Bicycle Complete - Drive Train

3 comments:

  1. Great in-detail account. Very helpful! Just restored a 1992 Trek 1000 myself. Trickiest bit was threading the brake cable housing through the frame. Looked at this blog, then decided to drive a screw halfway into the old housing, clip its head off, and screw the new cable housing onto the screw sticking out from the old housing. Once everything was connected, I just pulled the new cable housing through. Worked like a charm. Thanks so much, John, for the inspiration. Great blog!
    Here's my Trek 1000: https://www.flickr.com/photos/faoc/14366480674/

    One last thing. Although my bike is also a 1992 Trek 1000, my seatstays are different: just have a look at the seat pin area. Incidentally, mine looks exactly like the 1993 Trek 1200.

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  2. I just pulled my Trek 1000 out of the crawlspace. First time it has seen the light of day in 15 years. I also pulled out my 25+ year old bike trainer as well. I rode the bike/trainer for about an hour before a derailleur cable snapped. Is there any difference between derailleur cables or a specific size that I should be looking at?

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  3. Love this article. I have one of these, same color, same year the whole bit... Sorry I don't want to gloat, but mine looked like the picture in the catalog when I picked it up... Don't hate, I was lucky.

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