Join Date: Apr 2005
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Bikes: trek cross, gt mtb, khs track
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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.