Classic & Vintage - 1986 Trek 560 Pro series
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07-31-10, 11:41 AM
I just got this as my first road bike and I am totally in love with it. Its the lightest and fastest things I have ever owner and I enjoy every second of riding it......got the gushing out of the way now I got a few questions. This bike weighs 23 pounds....in my opinion thats light but im sure many of you would beg to differ. Now can I make it lighter? and if I did would it REALLY increase the performance? Also it has shimano components that say SIS on them. Are these good components? should they be upgraded and once again if I do will the performance increase be drastic? Also any have any clue as to the value of this bike? It doesnt have a single scratch on it's red+yellow paint and the colors are as bright as they were on the showroom floor. kept inside for 24 years,all components function as they should. Thanks in advance guys
07-31-10, 12:04 PM
Sounds like a great bike. For more info about it, check out vintage-trek.com
07-31-10, 12:35 PM
You should be very happy with your 560 - it is a truly terrific bike, with a Reynolds 531 frame and Shimano 600 components. All good stuff.
There is not a whole lot you can do to lighten it much - (assuming you don't want to install a carbon death fork or sinking a fortune into a wheel set) - and anyway it would not make much difference in performance. The rider is the main component in achieving optimal performance, and if you ride long and often that will improve. (Of course your showroom bike will start to show a little wear).
You should check out the Trek catalog (http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/86TrekCatalog.pdf) as m750rider suggested.
For pricing there is another forum you can visit. (We're not supposed to do appraising in this one)
Make it lighter? Lighter wheels, lighter bottom bracket, lighter components, etc. All of these changes would be pretty costly with a small loss in weight. The 1986 500 series had Reynolds 531 tubing for the main tubes only, stays and fork were not 531. The top of the line Trek back then was the 770, which weighed 20 pounds (3 pounds lighter). So a weight weenie would look for a lighter weight frame, and go from there.
Most of the performance on a bike comes from the motor (you), rather than a slightly lighter weight derailleur, etc.
In the vintage steel world, 23 pounds is pretty light, but not the lightest.
People love Treks, and a 560 is a nice bike. I have an older 560, which has a less desirable Reynolds 501 frame.
If you want an estimate of value, you need to post full size pictures.
07-31-10, 02:53 PM
Your enthusiasm suggests that it's not broke, so why fix it? I'd put that money into tools, maybe a seat bag or handlebar bag, the inevitable replacement tires, maybe a saddle (only if you don't like the present one) and a really good lock.
As far as value goes, does it really matter? Sounds like you don't plan to sell the bike, and unless you were really taken to the cleaners, odds are you paid much, much less than you would have paid for anything new with equivalent performance. But if you must know, post some pictures, and tell us your general location.
08-02-10, 09:42 AM
Thanks for the input guys. I got the bike from one of my good friends dad. He gave it to his son to ride in college but he got into a serious car accident and can no longer ride the bike and his dad has a hybrid now. He says hes not to old to go fast but is too old to have that small of a seat lol. At any rate it was just sitting so he sold it to me for $150 dollars. There is no way I would sell the bike but I was just curious as to what it was worth. I'll try and get some pictures up soon at any rate. Also I have a Master U-lock. There are a lot of cyclists here in Tallahassee and I see many road bikes locked up with this style of lock. Is it the safest lock pretty much to have? Only thing I don't like about the bike is how bright the paint job is. It really stands out on a bike rack and just want to make sure it doesn't get snatched. I went to burger king the other day and got into an argument with the manager because he wouldn't let me park inside when they didn't have a bike rack lol.
$150 is a good deal. In Pacific Northwest area, Reynolds 531 Trek usually go for $300+. 23lb is not bad for a bike from the 80's, race bikes were 19-20lbs. I don't know if you will notice the performance by 3 less lbs. Beware of the Master U-lock, those u-locks with circle key can be unlock with a Bic pen within seconds.
08-02-10, 10:18 AM
better alternative to the U lock?
U lock with regular key is fine, just not the one with circle key.
08-02-10, 10:43 AM
Yeah mine has a strait key.....
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