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Old 11-08-09, 04:35 PM   #1
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Super clean 1984 Trek 520

Found this little lady today! Very clean for a 84 touring bike and all original, even has the trek tires still on it. The frame is in super nice shape with very few scratches. I paid a little more than I usually would for a flipper but for the price these things go for I couldn't pass it up, especially with the fenders! Too bad its way to small for me (48 cm) and too big for my girlfriend. Yep too big, she's 5'-0" So whats the deal with the rear freewheel? I have heard that they usually need replacing. Sorry for the bad pics, I will post more tomorrow.
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Old 11-08-09, 04:50 PM   #2
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really nice one. maybe you want to hold onto it for the next girlfriend

anyway, the helicomatic hubs aren't bad. just use it until it dies. you want to make sure that round "nut" that holds the freewheel on is nice and tight. i had one work its way almost off.
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Old 11-08-09, 04:56 PM   #3
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Those fenders (real nice) and Jim Blackburne rack (sweet) might look nice on another "keeper" touring bike. Don't necessarily have to go with the "flipper"
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Old 11-08-09, 05:04 PM   #4
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Great find!

+1 on using the helicomatic hub till it dies (or starts breaking your spokes).

Looks like it has the original saddle as well!
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Old 11-08-09, 05:07 PM   #5
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Sure is a beauty !! I don't know why so many people are negative on the helocomatic hub. I sold Treks and Peugeots, etc., with them and never ever had any major problems. I never remember having an aluminum hub or even a helicomatic freewheel blow up.
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Old 11-08-09, 05:10 PM   #6
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Nice find! The Heliomatic hub on my 420 is still working great. But I don't think the bike has had very many miles on it. So I guess we will see.
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Old 11-08-09, 06:45 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I think the fenders are going on a nice Mercian I got from the same guy. Kind of hit the mother load there. Picked up the Trek, a Bottecchia Professional and a Mercian. And sadly I think the girlfriend is a keeper so it looks like a lifetime of finding bikes that are just a smidge too big.
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Old 11-08-09, 08:40 PM   #8
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Your 520 is in much better shape than mine. Nice pickup! Enjoy.
I converted mine into a cross bike and used it in my first race on Saturday.
It actually worked alright and it was awesome coming in the middle of the pack on a bike that was at least 15-20 years older than every other real cross bike there.


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Old 11-08-09, 08:58 PM   #9
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Nice find! I only have a 77/8 504, so don't know about those newfangled hubs. Too bad it doesn't fit you two...
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