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Old 02-10-09, 05:43 AM   #1
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Is this a 1984 Trek 610?

Ok, I'm sure about the Trek 610 part, just trying to verify the year on this bike. It looks like an '84 from the Trek catalog. It is a 58cm Reynolds 531 frame, with Shimano 600 all around, Mavic rims. (Seatpost is not stock).

One other question- The bar tape should be re-done on this bike, but I am prepping to sell it, and I was wondering if that is something you think I should do, or is it something a buyer might like to have done themselves so they can choose color, type? I am thinking on this bike, your color selections are limited (pretty much has to be yellow in my eyes), so I was planning on doing it. Any thoughts? Thanks for your time.
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Old 02-10-09, 05:48 AM   #2
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I'd put the bartape on; a lot of people might not know how, they just want a bike that's ready to roll.

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Just go to the vintage Trek site, and look up your serial number. They list all serial numbers, so you will know exactly what you have.

The bike does look like a 1984.

I buy bar tape over the internet for $5. If you want the buyer to believe the bike has been well maintained, then you should have good bar tape on it. Same with good tires. Buyers expect and usually get a sizable discount for bikes that need work. But if the tires on the bike are good, just make sure they are pumped up and ready to ride.

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+1 on 1984; if it's got a nine-digit serial number beginning in 4 it's Japanese-built and shipped to Wisconsin for paint and fitting out.
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damn if it was smaller I would be asking where you live so I could come purchase it from you.
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From what I can see of the lugs, it's 1984 at the latest. Could be earlier.
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That is DEFINITELY a 1984 610. The paint had those unique graphics (front of the fork and the modernized main tube decorations) that were different from 1983, the lugs are different from 1985, and the downtube says "TREK 610." This is just like mine was when I bought it new. Even has teh Delrin Stronglight Bernard Hinault headset and the 27 inch wheels.

It's odd to see one of these without at least the wheels replaced with 700C.

Those brakes should be the Shimano medium reach, which are long enough for 700C.

Stiff ride, but nice.
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Thanks for all the input. Can you please tell me where is the serial number located? I didn't see it anywhere.

I will go with my original thought and get the bartape re-done.
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Thanks for all the input. Can you please tell me where is the serial number located? I didn't see it anywhere.

I will go with my original thought and get the bartape re-done.
Turn the bike upside down. The serial number should be on the bottom bracket.
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+1 on 1984; if it's got a nine-digit serial number beginning in 4 it's Japanese-built and shipped to Wisconsin for paint and fitting out.
It has a 6 digit number, which according to the website says it was built it 1983, but most likely was a 1984 model.

Thanks for all your help!
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Yes, that is possible, that frames actually made in '83 may have been stored and built up for the '84 delivery to shops. I think the site actually mentions that as a caveat.

Care to share the number?
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The serial number is 104080.

I absolutely love the bike, but as you can probably tell from my seat position, it is just a little on the big side for me. I knew nothing about bike fit when I bought it last summer, so I just started riding it. Once I got the seat set properly (trial and error), I was very comfortable on the bike, until I switched to clipless (Speedplay Zeroes). I started having pain in my left knee (upper knee, on the outside) while riding. I'm confident the problem can be fixed, but I figured it would be good to have the help of my LBS, and kind of start from scratch with a bike that is the proper size for me.
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try posting this again, grrr.

I see what you mean about the SN.

Is it really too big? Your bike is ID'd as a 22.5 inch, which has a seat tube length c-t of 56 cm. It would be worthwhile for you to measure the seat tube length from the center of the crank bolt to the top of the top tube along the seat tube, with 1/4 inch accuracy if you can. First question is whether the frame is really the size it should be. If it is, what's your cycling inseam? If its 81 to 83 cm, this frame is in your window, but at the bigger end.

Why? It'll be a lot cheaper to pay say $100 to a good LBS with a good fitter to get help reviewing the fit of this bike, than to buy a new one for say $1000.

But if you really want a new one, I might be interested in this one if it's actually a 22.5. I have a 20.5, and a 22.5 might be a better choice for me these days. It's a bit bigger and has two water bottles.
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First, I'd like to make it clear that I didn't come on here to try and sell this bike. I am not sure what it is worth, so my plan all along (and still is) to put it on Ebay and whatever happens, happens.

The seat tube is 22.5" from center of crank to top of seat tube. With platform pedals, this bike was very comfortable for me. I guess I only assume it is too big for me because on most bike pictures I see, the seat is a few inches higher off the top tube than mine is. I would agree that since I can ride it comfortably, it is at the big end of my frame size window.

I went back and forth trying to decide to buy new or invest in this one. I am choosing to go new for a few reasons. First, and foremost, I'd like the help of my LBS in getting it set up properly, especially because of the knee pain. Secondly, I'd like to have a few more gears. My longest ride last year was only about 78 miles, but I plan on doing several centuries this year. There were a few times where I was "stuck" in between gears and didn't feel I was at quite my optimum pace.

EDIT: When I originally measured the seat tube, I got 22-5/8", which comes out to 57.46 cm, so I figured it was 58 cm.

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musta multiplied wrong.
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