May I join? 1987 Trek 520 "Cirrus", only original part remaining is the frame. Just out of a total rebuild and finally got it set up the way I wanted. From a short ride today:
My only complaint about this frame is that my legs hit (both sides) on a large water bottle in the seat tube cage. Small bottle is fine. I have another frame that has this problem, probably just the small size.
This is an '85 model 520. It was referred to as a "sport touring" model that year. The bike was in almost "showroom" condition when these photos were taken. I have since replaced the brake hoods and bar tape, and have removed the Jannd bag and mirror. It is now in "showroom" condition. That is the original Blackburn rack on. it. http://i373.photobucket.com/albums/o...g?t=1335144053
Nice vintage 520!
Here's my 2011 520 that I rode across the USA last year, Had about 20 thousands miles on it in 2 years and had to warranty it because one of the eyelets broke on tour, if I welded it back on it would've voided the warranty so I Got a new 2013 frame for free! I loved my 2011 though. Lot of good memories on the back of it! We never walked a hill the whole way across the USA! Just got a Mavic A719 rear wheel on my 2013 and getting a brooks saddle soon! I plan on riding down to south america in the next couple of years!
Just picked mine up from my LBS at a reasonable $350. 2001 in Slate Pearl. Rides like a dream.
Nice color, and a craigslist price, great!
Howdy! I'm new here. :) I just thought I'd share a couple of pics of my brand new 520 (2013, in "metallic bronze"). I got a green Brooks B-17 for it right away, threw some fenders on there, and have since switched out the stock pedals for some black Shimano A530 SPD touring pedals. I've only been riding it as a commuter so far, but I hope to start putting some miles on before too long! I've only had it for a couple of months, but I love it!
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alexa, I thought you got rid of this bike? Love the color-wish they'd bring it back-or that I could find one that fits me!
2005, current pic in commuter mode. haven't ridden a better bike
So ,all you 520 fans....I'd like some advice. I will pull the pin on buying a new 520 probably tomorrow, but I am concerned about the stock gearing. The crank is 48/36/26, Shimano LX front, and Deore rear deraileur wth 11/32 cassette. On my mountain bike, (which I love) I have 44/32/22, and 10-32 in the back-with Deore components front/rear. I mentioned at the LBS that I wanted to swap out the chain rings to have a 50 or 52, 34/22 and they said no because the front derailleur can't handle the travel. So what can I use in the Shimano group that is mountain or "trekking" quality? Also, am I setting myself up for alot of noise and adjusting while riding? I had originally wanted to go XTR or 105 at the least, but after quoting something like $800 for the XTR stuff and then saying that it's for road use really, not really for touring bike that should have solid mountain bike quality components on it. My intentions are to do a supported cross country tour next year, so I will not be carrying a ton of gear, and I doubt that I would ever tour unsupported. Anyone added S&S couplers to their 520?
Anyone ever put S&S couplers on their Trek 520?