Bikes to Like: Rick R.’s Trek Elance 300 (650B Conversion!)
It’s all about bikes this week, and today features a guest post from Rick R. about his Trek Elance 300.
A North Carolina rider, Rick completed a full Super Randonneur series with the D.C. Randonneurs. Felkerino and I rode many miles with Rick (and Christian) on this spring’s Warrenton 300K. Felkerino and I joked that we were under attack by the 650B brigade, as both Rick’s Trek and Christian’s Terraferma are set up with 650B Grand Bois Hetre tires.
Riding similar paces allowed me to thoroughly admire Rick’s bike, and I’m so glad he agreed to be a guest contributor for Bikes to Like.
1. What kind of bike do you ride?
My bike is a 1986 Trek Elance 300. I purchased it over the internet, complete & original for $125. Then I converted it to 650B.
2. Where do you ride it?
I live in Wilmington, North Carolina, and do a lot of riding locally. I also do training rides in the Raleigh-Durham area to get in some hills.
My main purpose in building this bike was to ride brevets in comfort.
3. What do you like about your bike?
I like the comfort level I have on long rides. With the steel frame, wide tires, fenders, and Brooks saddle, I’m living the good life. Plus, I have a place to put my stuff with the two bags.
4. If you had to describe your bike in one word, what would it be?
5. Fenders or no fenders?
Definitely fenders. In 2010 I rode for four days in the rain with no fenders. That experience made me realize fenders are good!
6. What is one of your favorite memories with this bicycle?
My first “hill ride” on the bike was at Morrow Mountain State Park. Ride 30 miles of rollers, climb Morrow, then ride 30 miles of bigger rollers back to the start.
At the top of Morrow, a young guy pointed at me and said to his friends, “This guy is my hero for riding that heavy bike up this climb.” He and his friends were all riding lightweight carbon bikes.
7. Does your bike have a name? If so, what is it?
Yes, his name is KERT.
Editor’s note: It took me a minute, but I get it.
8. What is one of your favorite accessories with this bicycle?
I like all of my accessories but the one that gets you the biggest bang for your buck is definitely the Velo Orange front bag. Everthing you need while your rolling is at your fingertips and it holds the cue sheet.
The bell gets a lot of attention, and it’s really useful.
9. If your bike could talk, what is one thing it would say to you?
Why did we stop?
10. What did I forget to ask you that you want to tell me about your bike?
“If you had it to do over, would you build the same bike?” The answer is, yes I would.
Thank you so much for being part of Bikes to Like, Rick. Your Trek is a great bike and you have definitely put it to the test this year with all the brevets you have ridden. Well done!