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Old 11-08-07, 07:26 PM   #1
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Thinking about trading out my Trek 520

So I did a ton of research before I went to Japan for 2 weeks this August about which bike to pickup. I finally decided after much reading that a 21" Trek 520 was the answer. I bought the Tubus racks and Ortlieb panniers and handlebar mount from The Touring Store (Wayne was awesome). Well since I usually don't tour more than about 1 every 3-4 years when my crazy friend calls me and provides the location and date, I think I am going to unload my bike, rack and possibly panniers. Does anyone think I can get close to what I paid or should I just keep it all? I sort of like buying new each time I go anyways. Living in Chicago where is the best place to advertise? Craigslist? Ebay? Anyone with experience specifically with Touring bikes would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for any suggestions

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Old 11-09-07, 10:09 AM   #2
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Unless you got a killer deal I don't think you will get close to what you paid for any of it. Go to ebay and do an advanced search, click on the box that indicates closed auctions (ones that have been completed) to get an idea of what you're dealing with. Like hundreds of folks here, I have regretted every bicycle I have ever sold. I recommend using the bike for basic transportation at every opportunity. Turn the table on your crazy friend and call him with location and dates.
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Old 11-09-07, 10:39 AM   #3
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Like hundreds of folks here, I have regretted every bicycle I have ever sold.
You can add one more to those hundreds.
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Wow, not me. I've sold quite a few that I just didn't like. The two that come to mind was a Trek Pilot 5.0 and a Bianchi Volpe. Good bikes, but I just didn't care for them. The one bike that I sold that I truly regret is an old '93 Trek 520. Could kick myself for selling that one.
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Old 11-09-07, 01:53 PM   #5
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I was thinking of selling my nicely upgraded Jamis Coda for a Jamis Aurora, the only reason being that I live in a one-bedroom condo, and don't have the storage space for two bikes. Unfortunately, my $700+ worth of Coda would probably only fetch around $350 or so, so it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for me to "give it away". I'd actually have considered that 520 had it been a 19", but alas, I'm only 5'6". And yes, I live in the heart of Chi-town...Clark/Division.

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Old 11-09-07, 11:41 PM   #6
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I missed buying a 520 on ebay the other day when someone snapped it up for $102.50. Hang on to the bike or, if you really like the idea of buying new every few years, give it away to someone who will use it. If you insist on selling it, take off the add-ons and sell them seperately; someone buying a touring bike might like a rack thrown in but won't give you a tubus price for it. I think you'll get more from someone that's already a tourer and is upgrading. Same with the Ortliebs.
Maybe, anyway.
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Old 11-11-07, 08:43 PM   #7
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hey theranman, why dont you just convert your Jamis Coda into a touring bike? It already has a cromo frame. I'd swap out the flat bars to touring bars rather that drops, that way you dont have to spend extra $$ to change over to STI's or barcons.
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hey theranman, why dont you just convert your Jamis Coda into a touring bike? It already has a cromo frame. I'd swap out the flat bars to touring bars rather that drops, that way you dont have to spend extra $$ to change over to STI's or barcons.
I thought touring bars WERE drops...

I've got a flat bar on there with a nice (don't laugh) Girvin FlexStem, which people make fun of all the time, but I've loved it from day one. If I had to, I'd replace the bar with a Ritchey Biomax II drop handle road bar. It's the same bar as on the new Auroras, and I like it a LOT.

I've also got GripShift shifters, Deoere LX front derailleur, new SRAM 5.0 rear derailer, STXrc hubs, and other goodies like Avid brakes. It really is a cool bike, but I figured that the new Aurora's frame geometry might give me some more efficiency on those 50 mile rides. I'll also have a hard time giving up the Girvin shock stem (FlexStem), but maybe you're right...maybe I should consider changing over the cockpit, exchanging the 38c Conti Top Touring tires for some 32c Top Contacts, and taking things from there. The bike actually has all the braze-ons for fenders, racks, two water bottles, etc.

Hmmmmm....pause for thought.

I wonder how much the geometry of the Aurora would make a difference...
My Coda's about 6-7 yrs. old, btw, when there was only one model.
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"I thought touring bars WERE drops..."

You have that right, at least the correct drops are the standard for touring.

I would hang onto the good stuff like the bags and any super killer parts. Then part the rest out. You loose less money the more you can carry over to a new build. Sometimes it's even worth replacing a few parts to sell the frame whole, like I have Paul brakes on my bike I can put something on there for 10-20 bucks. I'm better off either selling the bike whole, or parting everything out, obviouly. But even on a really expensive custom build, some of those parts on my current bike would be just super. I keep my touring bike low mileage, except toruing which generally means it's not a heavily used bike. Buying parts every few years doesn't make any sense, they don't change that much until Shimano decides to put the bearings in a different place, or something.

Also, it takes a long time to get a really nice touring bike set-up. If you get the call a month or two before your next trip, you will be stuck buying endless 520 level bikes, every trip. If you are going to be spending 1000-2000 a trip on bike gear, you should be riding a Ti Bruce Gordon, with a Bike Friday for air mobile operations, not a student combo plate!
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Old 11-12-07, 09:23 AM   #10
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Thanks for all of the great feedback. Maybe the answer is just to keep it!
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Old 11-12-07, 04:51 PM   #11
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Some people call them "trekking bars" or "butterfly bars". (whats the diff between trekking and touring anyway).

http://www.rei.com/product/629508

These bars (or similar) are standard spec on many great touring bikes
Examples
Novara Safari ( http://www.rei.com/product/730480 )
Koga Miyata ( http://www.koga.com/us/bike.asp?coll...tid=&id=413916 )

If you use these bars you can transfer every existing cockpit component, gripshift and all. I think it makes sense.

As a side note, I have been looking for a touring bike for my girfriend and I. She is on the small side and getting touring bikes in her size is a bit hard, and there is also the issue of toe to front wheel clearance on a 700cc wheel. So I may have to get her a 26" flat bar/hybrid bike and swap out to a "trekking bar".
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Old 11-13-07, 06:52 AM   #12
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i bought a 520 new for about 1100.00 for my recent (and first) tour. It came with drop bars. a used 1200.00 bike is liable to go REALLY cheap. I've never gotten ANYWHERE close to what I paid when selling a used bike.
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Old 11-13-07, 08:55 AM   #13
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I just picked up a 1993 Trek 520 that was like new. It is a great bike that would be hard for me to sell as it is a good fit.

Why would anyone get rid of a perfectly good steel touring bike like this. In three or four years, what will be better about all the great stuff you just bought, other than it is new? Your stuff is meant to last a long time if you take care of it. If you can't take care of it, then sell it (cheaply to me).

If you sell, you will be sorry.
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