So my bike was stolen outside a friends house a couple weeks ago here in Philly. I was very bummed and not looking forward to building a bike out of spare parts. So I see my friend again a couple days ago and he says that he has a bike sitting in his basement that I can have. Apparently it was left there by someone who moved out months ago. I take the subway to South Philly last night and go to his basement and was pleased to discover that it is a 1988 Trek 520! Way better than I was expecting.
It is in decent condition with all original parts except for the back wheel. The back wheel has seized bearings and is very cheap. Also it has a 5 speed freewheel and this bike came with a 6-speed. I'm really broke right now so I am trying to get this bike running for as little money as possible. I have a 7 speed freewheel in my parts bin. Does anybody know if I can use this on my bike? It has index shifting shimano deore derailleurs. The front derailleur says "8-speed compatible" any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.