I am brand new to road biking (been riding hybrid for a while now....but getting itch for drop bar living). I also want to explore riding a vintage machine. Not that I know alot about them (that's why I'm lurking here), but because I just love the look of the old steel bikes, and I'm in my mid-40's and have a soft spot for older things. Hey, everything needs a second chance right?
Anyway.....what do you think of the early Trek bikes? I have a chance at an '83 Trek 520 (guy wants over $600 for his mint original owner bike) but don't know enough about the bike to know if it is one to sink money into, or if it is a good ride. He lives 2 hours away, and before I jump in for the long ride to his place, I wanted to get some information here. Anything you can tell me about those early Trek's would be great. For that kind of money, should I be looking for a better year? Different model? etc.
My budget has a ceiling of around $700.
(Also.....a guy has a 2010 Surly Pacer in my area too for $650.....it's not vintage, but from what I read, the Surly's are build with the heart of a vintage bike but with updated components. Maybe that is a better way to go?) Help this noobie out please.