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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-07-13, 11:13 AM   #1
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New Trek 850

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Yesterday I picked up a 1996 Trek 850 for $80. Bought it from the original owner. Said it had been hanging in his garage for the past 15 years and had less than a 100 miles on it. Took it to the LBS to get a tune-up/look over. They said nothing needed to be done to the bike as it was in new condition. I think I got a great deal on the bike.

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Old 04-07-13, 11:39 AM   #2
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NB: I'd still have the wheels looked over (was that done?) .. under tensioned spokes will break sooner.
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Need pics or it didn't happen.
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IF it's been sitting that long, I'd refresh the grease in the bearings.
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IF it's been sitting that long, I'd refresh the grease in the bearings.
At a minimum. I'd also change brake pads, cables, tubes and tires, and retension the spokes.
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At a minimum. I'd also change brake pads, cables, tubes and tires, and retension the spokes.
+1 on most of that. Tubes are protected in the tires and they used to made a little better, keep the tubes, they'll probably be the best tubes you ever had. If the tires don't have any dry rot in the sidewalls they might be good for a bit if you are pinched for cash. Depending on the storage conditions, sometimes tires do well in storage. I might be ignorant on this, but I wouldn't think the spokes would need to be re-tensioned if it only has a 100 miles on it. The big one is the brake pads. The couple of times I've scored a bike in this condition, the brake pads have aged and they are rock hard even if they were great pads to begin with. I don't think brake pads last more than a few years in contact with the air, definitely replace those immediately. I've ridden on old cables and housings for several hundred miles before getting around to replacing them, shifting will likely be improved with new cables and housings and I suppose you run the risk of an old brake cable snapping too, but if you need to you can ride it with the cables and housings it's got for a bit.

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Wow, that looks brand new! Nice score!
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I have one just like it! I love the deep red color. The 1995 / 1996 era Trek 800 series bikes make great Clyde rides. I have several of them.
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What a great buy! It looks fantastic. Good luck with it.
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So Did you have it checked over? AKA 'basic tune-up' ?
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Took it to the LBS to get a tune-up/look over. They said nothing needed to be done to the bike as it was in new condition.
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