Posted on: 8-29-2011 by Mark
I’m trying to determine if my ’84 Trek 830 has any real collector value or if it is really “just another bike”. Any help would be appreciated. Here is what I know about the bike what I’ve done and a link to pictures.
The serial number chart at http--www.vintage-trek.com-SerialNumbers.htm shows that less than 800 830s in the 18" frame size (the frame size of this bike) were produced in the whole production year!
The 830 is a lugged steel Reynolds 501 frame.
When I got this bike it was mechanically pretty solid but it was filthy and pretty scratched up. I didn~t see a way to save the paint without making the bike look like a patchwork quilt. In short I sanded the bike down repainted it clearcoated it polished it replaced the decals clearcoated again and polished again. I cleaned and repacked all the bearing assemblies with bike-specific grease; and I cleaned & polished all the other components as I reassembled the bike. It doesn~t show up in the pictures but there is one