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A Makeover… For Your Old Road Bike? Yes, Please! Part One


August 2022

I’ll have more on this later, but this is the journey my 1999 Trek 5200 took from the day I brought it home in 2012 till today. The changes were worth every penny. The 2012 5200 weighed more than 21 pounds. The 2023 5200 is a svelte 18-1/2 pounds and is a wonderful bike to ride.


  1. jwintx14 says:

    Jim, I’ve seen probably each of these Trek pics over time but never all at once – mesmerizing! My fingers are crossed that this is just a teaser of future posts in this series of exactly what you did step by step. I’ve got a 2001 Trek 2200 SL in (Lance) yellow that just hangs around begging to be ridden, yet only sees daylight about once per year because, well, it needs some modifications to become more comfortable. Bars are mega wide, 23s are unforgiving, etc. Anyway, looking forward to this series! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      I can do that, brother. I hadn’t planned on going into the greatest detail, but I will now. For starters, broom the old wheels and get a set of Ican 38mm carbon wheels. They’re 23mm wide so you fit 24mm Specialized Turbo Pro tires on there and it’ll up the comfort level considerably. As for the rest, I’ll get into
      it. It’s a cool story. Thanks!

  2. Uncoffined says:

    Oh, I remember when those original wheels were cool!, Thanks for the memories.

  3. I still miss that original copper paint job. 🙂

  4. […] the years that took it from a 21-ish-pound behemoth to a svelte 18-1/2 pound speedster. That was Part One of what will become a series, and I’m about to share those changes with you… and some […]

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