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Old 07-15-06, 05:18 AM   #1
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Tune up or Trade in?

Hi,

I'm getting back into biking and have a 1994 Trek 720 that has been sitting in a (dry) shed for the last 9 years.
It still seems to ride okay, so is it worth tuning up for $60 - $100 or am I better off getting a new Trek 7200 for $400?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 07-15-06, 05:49 AM   #2
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Go here and fix it for free.
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Hi,

I'm getting back into biking and have a 1994 Trek 720 that has been sitting in a (dry) shed for the last 9 years.
It still seems to ride okay, so is it worth tuning up for $60 - $100 or am I better off getting a new Trek 7200 for $400?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
To get you back into riding- Any bike you have will do. Pointless spending money on something you may not be able or want to do in a couple of months time.
On your current 720- the only thing I would worry about is the wheels- get them retued and checked at your LBS and check and lube the rest of the bike yourself.
Then in a couple of months- If you want to stay riding- look around at the the type of riding you want to do- Offroad- road- trail and then look at the bikes that will do the job.

A 12 year old that is in good condition is still not a bad bike. Bit heavy maybe- but it has pedals, gears and brakes that worked 12 year ago and will still work today. May not have the Kudos of a modern bike but will do the job just aswell.
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Old 07-16-06, 02:11 AM   #5
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Bikes don't deteriorate or obsolesce the way cars do. There is no point in trading in an old bike for a new one unless you are looking for a particular feature.
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Tune up and new tires I say.
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Old 07-16-06, 03:00 PM   #7
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If it rides ok, then why would you tune it up?
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Definately tires, tubes and slime. Might not be a bad idea to check spoke tension & wheels for trueness. bk
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If it rides ok, then why would you tune it up?
After this long some spoke tensioning, tires, and a breakdown and relube is smart. better to do it just in case.

Wouldn't want some bearings giving out at the wrong time when it could have been avoided.
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Old 07-18-06, 01:09 PM   #10
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Tune it up. Lube it , and replace the tires. Bike technology hasn't advanced much in twelve years. We still have hubs, brakes, deraileurs, handlebars, two wheels, rubber tires..... You could get a new bike that weighs less, but not necessarily. Cheaper to lose the extra grams from your own body.
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