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    Trek 1220 road bike

    I'll be meeting with a guy selling this Trek 1220 road bike soon. He's asking $350 for it, and I'm wondering if that's fair or slightly overpriced. I don't know what year it is either, so if anyone has any knowledge as to the year and quality of the bike that'd be a huge help.

    I know seeing and riding the bike will be the biggest factors as to whether or not the bike will fit me personally, but I need the bike to give me a 50km commute a couple times a week and I'm working on a tight budget.

    Any help would be delightfully received!

    Thanks.
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    I'd say the price is $100-$125 too high, depending on local market conditions. It looks dirty and neglected.

    You can look up the specific mid 1990's year at the link below.

    http://vintage-trek.com/model_numbers1.htm

    It's a small frame, probably 19", suitable for riders about 5'6" and under.

    Not the best candidate for a commuter, no eyelets for rack or fenders, and lacks clearance for wider tires and fenders. I have one, but haven't ever ridden it much. Fairly stiff frame.
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    +1 on being overpriced.

    Anytime I see clip-on tri bars on a road bike, I take a very close look at the frame, esp the top tube. People training for triathlons tend to sweat buckets compared to the average rider. All that sweat has salt in it, and of course that salt is corrosive. If the owner doesn't wipe the bike down after every ride, could start eating the paint or even the frame in a worse case scenario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
    +1 on being overpriced.

    Anytime I see clip-on tri bars on a road bike, I take a very close look at the frame, esp the top tube. People training for triathlons tend to sweat buckets compared to the average rider. All that sweat has salt in it, and of course that salt is corrosive. If the owner doesn't wipe the bike down after every ride, could start eating the paint or even the frame in a worse case scenario.
    Good point, but the 1220 is a bonded aluminum frame and the Trek factory paint on that model is awesome.
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    Agreed. Bike is clearly dirty, neglected, and has probably been sitting for the last 10-15 years. I would say overpriced by at least $100.

    If you decide to buy it MAKE SURE the brifters work first. Otherwise walk away.
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    I have a 1220, same paint, 1996. I paid $80 for it. It has seven speed sti that don't work well when under 40 degrees, otherwise nice bike.
    I have to say road bikes don't sell well where I live.
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    Overpriced, plus poor choice as a commuter. I continue to prefer rigid frame mtbs for this service, see the mtb drop bar thread for inspiration.

    For the second trip in a row, with all the bikes I own (100+/-), the one I took on the trip is my drop bar conversion. Its the universal bike, can do most anything.

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    Thanks a ton everyone. The seller measured it for me and said the frame is 21.5 inches, so 54cms. I guess I'll actually find out for reals tomorrow (I'll be bringing my own tape measure).

    Thanks for the heads up on the brifters and I'll be sure to check out the frame in regard to the sweat and tri-bars. I'm not sure how hard this bike has been ridden. The original seller said he bought it from his sister who must have used it more than him. As most of you have noted from the picture I don't think he's ridden it much.

    Based on fit, and the condition of the bike I'm going to offer around 200$ for it with a 250$ max on the offer. I guess we'll see.

    Thanks again!

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