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Old 08-07-12, 06:31 PM   #1
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i am new to road biking and just bought my first road bike

after someone stole my mongoose diverge out of my girlfriends garage i was encouraged to go out and buy another bike. i decided i wanted to try something new so i searched craigslist for used road bikes that would be good for me to start on. i came across a 1985 trek 470 black with red lettering. the bike has rust patches on the frame in various places but overall the frame looks solid. it came equipped with 700X23 tires and has a cateye vectra computer. all the gears shift great and it also has a this scott aerobar with armrests. the guy i bought it from was asking $120 for it but i talked it down and snagged it for $80. I think i will get used to riding it and will upgrade next to a vintage cannondale maybe. one question though. the frames paint looks a little tired. should i respray the entire frame. i don't know how expensive that would be. plus don't know if that would ruin the resale value if i ever wanted to sell it.
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Old 08-07-12, 09:53 PM   #2
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Welcome bmwdriver89! I have no tolerance for thieves. Congrats on the new ride.

There is a vintage forum on BikeForums.net, and those folks will know more than me. Go through the "sticky" threads at the top first.
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Old 08-08-12, 10:15 PM   #3
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Welcome to Bike Forums! Doubt it's worth much to resell...the worth is in you riding and enjoying it, so paint it how you want!
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Old 08-09-12, 10:07 AM   #4
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Welcome to Bike Forums! That "new" bike is worth a new start. Go for it!
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