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    Old Trek 420. better to buy new bike or re-fit parts?

    I have an old Trek 420 my friend doesnt want and has given it to me. Was jus curious whether it'll be better for me buy a brand new bike or perhaps slowly buy new parts and fix it up myself. u think?

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    I am doing this with an old Trek 720.

    Mine is a 1984 and in working order so I am in no rush to replace most the parts. I commuted to work on it today and it was fine.

    The condition of the old bike you have will be one deciding factor. If you can get away with replacing very little then it is cheaper to do that.

    If you have to strip the frame and replace everything then it will cost as much or more as a new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb
    I am doing this with an old Trek 720.

    Mine is a 1984 and in working order so I am in no rush to replace most the parts. I commuted to work on it today and it was fine.

    The condition of the old bike you have will be one deciding factor. If you can get away with replacing very little then it is cheaper to do that.
    This reponse is spot on. Consider the way the bike is built if you think that it will not do the job
    or if you just want "new" stuff. The quality of the frame alone on this bike makes it better than all the
    aluminum junk they pedal today.

    The "old stuff" may be old but it really ain't all that bad for most folk's .
    Last edited by Nightshade; 07-08-05 at 04:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb
    I am doing this with an old Trek 720.

    Mine is a 1984 and in working order so I am in no rush to replace most the parts. I commuted to work on it today and it was fine.

    The condition of the old bike you have will be one deciding factor. If you can get away with replacing very little then it is cheaper to do that.

    If you have to strip the frame and replace everything then it will cost as much or more as a new bike.
    i just finished overhauling my friends trek 420. converting it to a single speed in the process. i had some spare parts laying around that i put on it (handlebar, stem, seat), but all the improvements were aesthetic, the old parts still worked fine. the only real cost was some rear spacers, new chainring bolts, new chain and bottles of degreaser and lithium grease for hubs, headset, BB, etc. total cost: $50+4 hours labor. if you don't want it, i'd be happy to take it off your hands.

    the only real way you are going to know how much it costs is to take pretty much everything off and see what is actually broken and what just needs to be cleaned and adjusted. from the overhaul i did seems like most of the parts stood up for 20 years pretty well.

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    I agree with just replacing the parts when needed. You can also go on E-Bay and find Suntour VG series or Cyclone NIB or NOS stuff for cheap and this stuff works great. If you decide to go current stuff, Shimano 105 group is the best group for the money, cheap and durable. But again I would only replace those parts that need it now or break in the future.

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    I would also add that the size of the frame is important as well. A bike that is too big or small can be very uncomfortable. You can make some adjustment but it should be close to your size, especially if you are going to sink any cash into it.

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