Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hilliard, Ohio
Bikes: Schwinn MTB, Surly LHT, Cannondal CADD8ek XO
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check the pawn shops
Originally Posted by megam
I want to go touring, but being cheap I was hoping to find a used trek 520 to fit my 5'4'' frame, as well as panniers if someone has some I could buy off them (new are really expensive). Any direction would be nice! I have searched craigslist and local bike stores endlessly!
I got a TREK 700 a year ago for $50 at a pawn shop about 3 blocks from the university. it was in good shape, but I disassembled it, stripped and painted, got new rims, and rebuilt the wheels, replaced bearings all around and got new tires, tubes and brake pads. My total investment was about $200 and it looks like brand new (except it's filthy from commuting).
I got a couple panniers from Nashbar on sale for about $50. I already had backpacking gear from scouting days so I'm good to go.