So, I've been on the lookout for a decent vintage steel bike for some time now, as my road bike has no rack mounts and I'm sick of commuting with a 20-30 lb pack on my back (mostly due to the large backpack shaped sweat/salt stain on my back that results). That, and my chief riding buddy and I have been discussing on doing a little 4-5 day tour this summer. I keep seeing bikes that I like, but sizing a traditional frame is a little difficult for me given that I have a 29 inch standover and a 24.5 inch reach.
With that in mind, I put out a feeler on CL and a fella responded with an all original 48cm 1984 Trek 520 for $250. I've been reading up on the bike and I'm generally liking what I see, though I do anticipate some potential problems with the Helicomatic hub at my 225lbs.
So, my questions for you are twofold:
1. Do you think the bike is worth the asking price?
2. Do you happen to know the top tube and stem length for the 48cm (19"?) frame Trek used on these bikes? The brochure found here: http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/84Trek_23.jpg doesn't contain any info for the small frame, but I anticipate the top tube length will be in the neighborhood of 50cm so I'll have to settle for a more upright riding position (which isn't necessarily a terrible thing imo given what I'll be using the bike for), a way longer stem, or a combination of the two.