Hi, I've been lurking for a long time... Now, I need some advice! I had an old 520 that I got for $50 at a garage sale and LOVED it until it was stolen. I've been looking for another nice 80s Trek since then, and I don't want to do a ton of work on it.
So, three questions for you nice folks:
1) What would you pay (or wouldn't you pay) for an 80s steel-frame touring bike?
2) What other oldish, cheapish bikes would be comparable to the old Treks?
3) How much do these babies weigh? I remember the 520 being pretty heavy.
It's not unusual to find 80s steel-frame bikes with higher end double-butted Reynolds or Columbus tube sets and Shimano or Campy components for $200 - $500. Mid-level Schwinns and Japanese brands like Miyata are good candidates, and for a touring bike you should look for a frame with longer wheel base and trail like the Schwinn Voyageur or Passage.
Weights will typically run around 25 pounds or so.