I had posted a few weeks ago that I had purchased a Trek 520 at a pawn shop. It turns out I didn't inspect it close enough I really can't believe I missed the damage. Oh well I didn't pay alot so I don't think I will lose money on it. The bike rides great as is so I learned I like this type of bike alot. It looks like it must been crashed into something at some point. I'll include pics of the damage at the bottom of the post since I know people will want that.
My question is what do I do with it? I am pretty sure its a 2000 Trek 520 pretty much stock except a new Bontrager saddle. Any ideas, comments, thoughts (even the "How did you miss that?!?!" type stuff LOL) would be appreciated.
To give you a bit better idea of how this might fit into my overall plans, I have decided that I want to have only 3 bikes and so I am trying to eliminate bikes. Here is what I have decided on keeping.
2010 Windsor Shetland Mini Velo as my primary commuter and road bike
1995 Diamnondback Vertex WCF as my mountain bike. This is the only bike I probably won't commuter on much at all.
2006 (I think) Dahon boardwalk 6 at this point I am technically saying this is my wife's bike so its not part of the 3, but it could be.
So I have one more slot open and I am pretty much planning on using this to have a backup mountain bike as a backup commuter and winter bike. I have my Trek that had been my primary commuter set up for this.
So here are some options of what to do with the 520 I have in my mind in no particular order.
1. Offer up the 520 on craigslist as-is for something to transfer everything to a different frameset. I don't know how much would be a fair price really.
2. Buy a Nashbar frame and transfer everything over. I don't have any desire to do this unless I really decide I really want a dedicated touring bike with 700 wheels.
3. Transfer everything over to a mountain bike frame to make a 26 inch wheel touring bike. I have some frames already that might work well for this. If I wanted something a bit different from what I have I could probably trade a frame for something else.
4. Wait and transfer the components over to a mini velo like the Dahon I have or a possible future Bikes direct offering.
5. Find a hybrid bike or frame and transfer things over.
6. Just keep riding it. EDIT (I don't see this frame actually failing anytime soon, but but I also don't see the point of riding it much to find out.) I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat if the need arose. There is another one available at the local bike charity, but I have resisted because like I said earlier I want less bikes.
I am probably leaning towards hanging onto this for now and moving the parts to some some other bike or frame at some point. I like the v-brakes and levers so at the worse maybe I decide I want a dropbar winter commuter IDK. If I got my money back ($180) I probably wouldn't turn that down either though. Like I said any feedback would be helpful.