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Old 08-25-07, 10:31 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new-- and I need some advice.

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.


I saw at a Trek 710 on craigslist: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik/405319173.html.
It looks beautiful but way too expensive. Is this the going rate for these things?

Thanks for your help, folks.
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Old 08-25-07, 10:43 PM   #2
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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.
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Thanks. I've heard good things about Miyatas as well. Appreciate your help.
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Thanks. I've heard good things about Miyatas as well. Appreciate your help.
A couple of other Japanese brands to keep an eye out for are Panasonic, Nishiki, and Bridgestone.
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