One of the great things about working on older bikes is the their ability to make one consider their origins. I guess this applies to most any item that’s been manufactured or made; every physical object possesses some sort of a history, however trivial and mundane it may be.
In this case, we’re looking at a Trek 1420 road bike, frame manufactured in Waterloo, WI, within about a year of Mikhail Gorbachev’s announcement that the U.S.S.R. had dissolved. This is a well-made aluminum frame, featuring mid-sized diameter tubes that are plenty strong but not so huge that they result in a overly harsh, stiff ride. Adequate clearance for the Soma Terracotta 700 x 28 tires is a nice feature, and the (relatively) wider tire does a good job of soaking up some of the harshness of this city’s rough streets.
The bike is indeed very light, and built up as you see in these pictures the bike weighs just over 23 pounds. Highlights of the build include the Soma Sutro/Highway One bar combo, IRD Drillium brake levers, and indexed bar-end shifters. These shifters were originally on the downtube, but with the addition of shift pods I (Todd) mounted them on the bar end. Ergonomics are actually quite good with them there.
The bike’s got a triple crankset for a good low gear, new WTB saddle, and some nice MKS touring pedals. Come check it out today–good for a rider about 6′ to 6’4″, depending upon his or her particular proportions.