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    Thoughts? 1980s era Trek

    Original ad reads:
    "1980 Trek Road Racing bike
    Ultra light Chrome-moly Reynolds 531 frame
    Hand built
    Custom
    Sugino AT Crank
    Sun-tour cyclone derailer
    18 speed
    Mavic G40 wheels
    This bike cost over $1200 to build in 1980
    Needs TLC but is in good restorable shape"

    Granted the guy doesn't give a size but eh, easy enough to find out. I posted in the other classics section about what I was looking for, basically:

    -young guy just out of college with no money.
    -wants to learn more about bikes (maintenance, fixing up, everything!)
    -got roped into doing Mt. Washington Hill Climb this year (yes I ride fairly often and will be training a bit).
    -want not only a bike fit to climb the big hill but to do some endurance training on maybe small tri racing (not looking to go hardcore but just dabble).

    So really I want something that won't break, can have some ultra gearing swapped in, and be good enough to do some lengthy rides in the New England hills to get into shape (I am mostly MTB but want to do road for endurance/tri).

    Thanks for all the help! The responses to the other post were phenomenal!

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    Must... ride... more... Phil_gretz's Avatar
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    You have a 520/620/720 there

    Quote Originally Posted by IceboxSteve View Post
    Original ad reads:
    "1980 Trek Road Racing bike
    Ultra light Chrome-moly Reynolds 531 frame
    Sugino AT Crank
    Sun-tour cyclone derailer
    18 speed
    I built up a 1983 Trek 620 for my wife two years ago. It's a very fine ride. The AT crankset was for touring, and had half-step gearing (50/45/30) if I remember correctly.

    If the bike (a) fits you, (b) is under $300, and (c) is in rideable condition, buy it. You won't be disappointed. It'll be fine for the uses that you've described. You might want to swap out the rear freewheel for a 7-speed wider range, but it'll probably be fine. It'll also allow you to adapt it later for loaded touring if you'd like.

    Don't hesitate. Go see the bike immediately with cash in hand.

    Phil G.

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    Thanks for the input! Definitely interested in some touring as well.

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    "Needs TLC" can mean anything.....be careful. Look elsewhere if theres too much rust. Watch out for broken off guides and mounts on the frame. Make sure it is at least rideable as is and hopefully just mostly needs adjustment/tune up and cleaning. You don't want to lose too much time fixing the bike and take away from you preparation from the coming climb event.
    Good luck!

    Chombi

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    "needs TLC" + "restorable shape" can mean anything. Very likely it means it is rough, real rough. Who is going to do the work to repair/restore this bike? I bought a similar bike in such condition, paid $30 for it, and I overpaid. By the time I am done, I might breakeven on it (if I restore it). I will be OK if I just use it for parts.

    Better off getting a bike in good to really good shape. Limited money? Look for a deal. I just bought a deal earlier this week, two bikes, shoes, trainer, rack, spare tires, pedals, etc... The sale of these extras will pay for the entire purchase. So then I have two free bikes. Of course, I had to move fast.
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    There are what I would consider a couple of red flags in this add needs TLC and Good restorable shape are not things you want to read ina CL add. Since people often over state the condition of bikes this means is is likely in real rough shape. Plus the mentioning off the cost to build is not a good sign it likely means that the person selling it will want too much for the bike and be difficult to deal with. I would pass on this one. You see fairly nice 80's Treks in better condition a lot on CL in most cities for for a couple of hundred.

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