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    Centurion Pro Tour or Trek 620: One must go

    I'm sitting here looking at two beautiful 1980's touring rigs, a 58cm '84 Centurion Pro Tour and a 60cm '83 Trek 620. One of the two must go to fund building up a racier steel road bike over the winter. The dilemma is this: I think the Centurion is the better bike overall: nicer wheelset, chromed body under the paint, existing lowrider mounts. Additionally it's got the memories of a couple thousand miles of touring on it. But the Trek fits better (as I stand 6'2"). I picked it up just a few days back for a whole 130 bucks, haven't even tuned it up yet and the ride is spirited and smooth. (Perhaps it is simply the legends of 531 infiltrating my brain.)

    One part of me feels the ideal thing to do would be to switch out the wheelsets and then keep the Trek with Centurions wheels. This would likely destroy a bit of the Pro Tour's resale value -- which I imagine will already be below the Trek simply due to brand recognition. Another part of me figures that the Centurion has served me well, and that I should simply flip the Trek for a hefty little profit. Perhaps I just build the Trek into a road-oriented bike (700c wheels, Compact Double, etc)...but that would seem to destroy its character.

    What would you do?

    A few photos for reference:

    The Centurion: centurion.jpg

    The Trek: IMG_7216.jpg
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    I say forget memories and ditch the one that doesn't fit as well. Keep the best parts for yourself, don't worry about the Pro Tour resale value. I doubt the wheel swap would significantly lower resale value, and you're already way ahead scoring the Trek for only $130.

    This assumes you'll be happy touring on the 620 without cantis and without lowrider mounts. I did a fair amount of touring and loaded commuting with a Blackburn lowrider rack and no mid-fork braze-ons, never found it a problem. But you might get better braking, and certainly better clearance for tires, fenders and mud, with the cantis. Plenty of folks have toured with sidepulls...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcb View Post
    This assumes you'll be happy touring on the 620 without cantis and without lowrider mounts. I did a fair amount of touring and loaded commuting with a Blackburn lowrider rack and no mid-fork braze-ons, never found it a problem. But you might get better braking, and certainly better clearance for tires, fenders and mud, with the cantis. Plenty of folks have toured with sidepulls...
    No lowrider mounts would likely be fixed in the long run -- there's an LBS that does good metal work close for very reasonable prices. Frankly I'm not enamored with canti's after alll I've gone through trying to find more powerful canti's that fit the narrow fork of the Pro Tour--not to mention the lack of clearance for fenders at the chainstay.

    Thanks for the motivation to keep the best for myself.

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    Keep them both! Find something else to sell other than your bikes or cut out some other indulgence.

    You may never score a deal as good as that $130 Trek 620 you bought. Or buy another bike(s) to flip and fund your winter project.
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    I think only you can answer this, and only after doing a loaded tour on the Trek. Keep the one you like the best, with all the best parts, without regard to resale values. In the long run you won't be talking about that much difference in cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
    I think only you can answer this, and only after doing a loaded tour on the Trek. Keep the one you like the best, with all the best parts, without regard to resale values. In the long run you won't be talking about that much difference in cash.
    So very right on all accounts. It seems I should fix it up, load it down and give it a chance before making any rash decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
    It seems I should fix it [Trek] up, load it down and give it a chance before making any rash decisions.
    +1 on trying the Trek as a loaded tourer before making the decision. I'm usually with oddjob2 as a "keep 'em both" kinda guy, but the 58cm Centurion just looks too small for you. I think especially for a loaded tourer it would be better to have a frame with more frame and less seatpost/stem.

    I've never had an issue with the threaded u-rods on the Blackburn lowrider rack, a lowrider braze-on/pass-thru always seemed more like a convenience to me than anything else. And since you're not loving the cantis, there's even less reason to keep the Centurion if the Trek does well for you with baggage.

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