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    1983 Trek 400 Series. Should I buy to fix it up?

    Hi, I've been on here reading and researching but have never posted before.

    I want to get a commuter bike so I can use it come spring/summer. I saw this on Craigslist and am thinking about buying it and fixing it up. Is it worth the $70? I think I can get the price down.

    I'm about 5'9". Will this frame fit me?

    http://eauclaire.craigslist.org/bik/4323689533.html

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    Sizing looks right, I think the seller is actually correct about the 22" frame size. It should fit you.

    It's a good deal for someone with knowledge and a pile of parts, but this bike is missing enough pieces it would be a real pain for you to cobble it back together. It's missing shifters, both derailers, front wheel, front brake, chainring bolts, and other stuff I'm sure. Buy something complete and learn how to tune up/overhaul it.

    If you were closer I'd say buy it and bring it over and I'd help you fix it up and provide most, if not all, the parts needed. But Eau Claire is a bit of a drive for that.
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    Size looks a little big to me..........like a 58 or 59cm. I'm 5'9" and I ride 53-54cm. You could be anywhere from a 53 to a 56. You need to figure out what size you ride before throwing down your cash.

    That said, it's a fair deal for that project. I'd offer $40.......bin the parts, clean the frame and sell it for a small profit
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    I would. I thoroughly enjoy mine!

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    I own two Trek 400's and they're nice bikes. While the price is right on this one, I'd basically consider that you're buying a frame set and some spare parts that might or might not be suitable for how you want the bike to be when you're done. By the time you source everything to put this bike back in more/less stock running condition, the $70 is going to be the least of your expenses. If all you want is a commuter, there are lots of $100 bikes out there which only going to require, at most, replacing tires, tape, cables, and brake pads. Unless you want a vintage Trek, they're cheaper options that will get you more bike with less trouble. But if you want a vintage Trek and having the wherewithall to sort everything, go for it.

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    +1 to wrk101, size is fine for your height. Not an easy project for the uninitiated, but if there is a bike coop in your city where they can work alongside with you, go for it.
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    Its just too far gone. I have a 2 85 400s complete I picked up for $220 for the pair. They are both perfect just need tune ups. If you are willing to deal with friction shifting you can do better than that bike. If you want a fixie....meh the wheels are worth something but it would have to come cheap.
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    I like vintage bikes and cycling. If frame size is correct, and frame is undamaged, I would buy it for $40 to $60 if it was what I like. Maybe you can pick up another bike for parts to transfer over to it. If vintage bikes is your thing, grab them when you can. I just picked up a sweet Trek of the same vintage. I was originally going to use the upgraded wheelset and a few components on another bike. I've now decided to fix it up to ride this season, since it's the correct size for me. The old Treks are pretty decent, so I myself can't pass them up.

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    I think this bike would be a good deal as a project bike if your buying it to fix up and keep as a rider. Not much room for flipping considering the parts needed amoount of time work needed unless your very adept at building up old road bikes and have the parts tools needed on hand.

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    Yeah, I decided to hold off on buying that bike. I figured that I'd find something that wouldn't take me a while to fix up. I did come across this Trek 400 though. It looks nice and clean. IDK much about the components but $200 seems like a reasonable price for it. What do you all think?

    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/4344775147.html

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    It appears to be a 1985 frame that has received upgraded RD, wheel set, cranks and some other bits. Sounds like it is ready to ride. However, a 21" frame feels small to me and I am 5'9" as well. But everyone is hilt differently, so give it a ride and if you like it, go for it.

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    Yep, that's a deal. I really like the 400s other than they usually have the helicomatic hub which is impossible to deal with. This guy already took care of that problem for you. Should be a great rider
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    Thumbs up on that second Trek 400. It looks like it's in good shape and judging by the description, it seems to have been well-maintained. I'm 5'9" myself and the sizing looks right. If you like it, contact the seller ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcoast View Post
    Yeah, I decided to hold off on buying that bike. I figured that I'd find something that wouldn't take me a while to fix up. I did come across this Trek 400 though. It looks nice and clean. IDK much about the components but $200 seems like a reasonable price for it. What do you all think?

    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/4344775147.html
    At 5'9" that would be a bit too small for me, but it might fit you.

    It's a fair price, but FWIW there are THREE other Trek 400s that have been up for sale in Appleton's craigslist for a while now at around $200. So it's not the deal of the century. I think one of them is Reynolds 531.

    http://appleton.craigslist.org/bik/4304044696.html (your size)
    http://appleton.craigslist.org/bik/4268271133.html (too big for you)
    Ok I can't find the 531 Trek. But it was up forever, I swear.
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