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    Hello,

    Recently purchased a Trek 820 steel frame and was wondering if could get some experienced opinion on how long this thing might last. Most likely, I'll probably upgrade to an aluminum frame when $ permits but was thinking about keeping this bike as a secondary for friends and relatives who might want to ride with me. Its not a high end steel by any means (just high tensile), but if I keep the paint pretty much on this thing and keep it clean, how long can a person expect it to last? I don't live in a salt air environment and probably won't be exposing it to too much hard elemant riding. Any info is most appreciated. Thx.

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    It will last as long as you want. It all depends on what you use it for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barndog
    Hello,

    Recently purchased a Trek 820 steel frame and was wondering if could get some experienced opinion on how long this thing might last. Most likely, I'll probably upgrade to an aluminum frame when $ permits but was thinking about keeping this bike as a secondary for friends and relatives who might want to ride with me. Its not a high end steel by any means (just high tensile), but if I keep the paint pretty much on this thing and keep it clean, how long can a person expect it to last? I don't live in a salt air environment and probably won't be exposing it to too much hard elemant riding. Any info is most appreciated. Thx.
    Don't abuse it and keep it clean and it will last forever (well, for decades, anyway ; )
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    Have put 64,000 miles on a Reynolds tandem frame; then sold it, and it is still being ridden.

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    My former 820 frame felt like it could withstand a nuclear bomb blast. Just watch for rust forming and take care of it accordingly.

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