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    1986 Trek Tri series 500

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    Hey guys, can you guys tell me what this bike is worth? Seller lists for $160. I THINK it's a reynolds 531 frame and the original components were shimano 600's which are supposed to be indicative of a higher end bike.
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    -Vince
    Last edited by mynamevincenttt; 06-02-12 at 08:26 PM.

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    It looks like it may need a good cleaning and tune up but if that was my size (59) and close i would have in the house already.

    I really like these frames, there is alot of great craftsmanship in them.



    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    What BG said. I would buy it without hesitation if it doesn't have any major problem.

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    +1 buy it if it's in sound condition. I see a 531 sticker.

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    damn got swiped. Thanks for the info, but the search goes on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynamevincenttt View Post
    damn got swiped. Thanks for the info, but the search goes on!
    If you spend any time in this area of BF you will know that by the time you type the words, "is this a good deal?" the bike has been sold to the first responder. Where I live that is usually in 15 minutes. There are plenty of people that spend time looking for deals to flip so you have to be ready to drop what you are doing and go.

    Most any vintage steel framed Trek especially with a 531 frame will go for $200 and up. Get educated about what makes a desirable/quality bicycle so you can pounce on the deal in your size when it comes along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynamevincenttt View Post
    damn got swiped. Thanks for the info, but the search goes on!
    Let me repeat my advice, the good deals do not last long enough to get an answer to: "Hey, is this one a good deal?" The outstanding deals around here last ten to fifteen minutes. Good deals might last an hour. I got beat out on a recent deal by another forum member. I contacted the seller 30 minutes after his posting (hey, I was out riding). And the bikes were in the middle of nowhere, with a lousy description, etc. Gone....

    So how do you compete for the good/great deals? Get educated up front, it really does not take long. And then POUNCE on a deal lightning fast. If the seller has phone contact, call immediately, and go get it. Do not wait until it is convenient. Chances are, if it is a deal, the seller will be bombarded with responses in short order, realize their price is too low, and either pull the ad, or more likely raise the price. I picked up a full Dura Ace, Merlin Titanium frame bike this way. I got there within 15 minutes of his ad, and his phone was ringing off the hook.

    And if the seller does not list a phone number, keep your email response simple, something like: "I would like to buy your Trek bike. It looks great. I can come now. Here is my phone number." On deals, the emailers that ask for more pictures, sizing information, can you wait til tomorrow, etc., go to the BOTTOM of the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Let me repeat my advice, the good deals do not last long enough to get an answer to: "Hey, is this one a good deal?" The outstanding deals around here last ten to fifteen minutes. Good deals might last an hour. I got beat out on a recent deal by another forum member. I contacted the seller 30 minutes after his posting (hey, I was out riding). And the bikes were in the middle of nowhere, with a lousy description, etc. Gone....

    So how do you compete for the good/great deals? Get educated up front, it really does not take long. And then POUNCE on a deal lightning fast. If the seller has phone contact, call immediately, and go get it. Do not wait until it is convenient. Chances are, if it is a deal, the seller will be bombarded with responses in short order, realize their price is too low, and either pull the ad, or more likely raise the price. I picked up a full Dura Ace, Merlin Titanium frame bike this way. I got there within 15 minutes of his ad, and his phone was ringing off the hook.

    And if the seller does not list a phone number, keep your email response simple, something like: "I would like to buy your Trek bike. It looks great. I can come now. Here is my phone number." On deals, the emailers that ask for more pictures, sizing information, can you wait til tomorrow, etc., go to the BOTTOM of the list.
    Haha yeah I had a feeling about this one. I called right when I saw it but someone already beat me to the punch Seller told me to call back later in case it doesn't sell, of course it sold =\
    I appreciate the help!
    -Vince

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    Had a good one tonight. I posted a nice work stand, at a reasonable price. Emailer #1 wanted to trade me a watch for it. Emailer #2 wanted to meet after dinner tomorrow night. Emailer #3 wants to meet first thing in the AM.

    Guess who got contacted first?

    To below, just for laughs, I looked the watch up on Amazon, it sells NEW for half of what I am asking for the stand.... Of course, personally, I never spend more than $15 on a watch, as I destroy them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    Had a good one tonight. I posted a nice work stand, at a reasonable price. Emailer #1 wanted to trade me a watch for it. Emailer #2 wanted to meet after dinner tomorrow night. Emailer #3 wants to meet first thing in the AM.

    Guess who got contacted first?
    So what was the watch? j/k
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    So what was the watch? j/k
    I would've gone for the watch

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