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Old 12-05-16, 01:53 PM
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1980's Trek 620

Hi, all!

Just spotted this on the local CL. I don't know if it's the lighting in the photo but the top tube almost looks depressed in the middle. The seatstays look a little askew too, but that might just be how it's propped up. Need a few different pairs of eyes!

Trek- mid 80s 620 touring frame
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Assuming the bike checked out, I'd offer around $125 for the bike as it sits. But depending on the market, that isn't a bad price if the paint is in good shape and the bike otherwise checks out. The bike lacks a chain, cables, tires, and who knows what kind of shape the wheels are in. But other than the wheels, these are all parts that you normally replace when buying a new old bike.
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I see what you mean about the top tube -- when I hold the edge of a piece of paper to the bottom of the top tube in the photo, it does seem to have a slight dip. Take a string with you when you go look at it. Pull it tight along the bottom of the top tube to check. And if you can get the OK to take the rear wheel off, do the string alignment test for the frame.

It appears someone may have been stripping the consumables from the bike to do a rehab. Did they realize the frame was tweaked and decide to sell?
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I think the askew look is caused by the camera lens. It's probably a phone camera. Look at each axle, and you can see how the entire image is curved really strangely.

So, there's a good chance the frame is straight. If it is, cantilever-equipped Trek touring frames are always valuable.
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Originally Posted by Tim_Iowa View Post
I think the askew look is caused by the camera lens. It's probably a phone camera. Look at each axle, and you can see how the entire image is curved really strangely.
^This. The lens is close to the subject and so it gives a wide angle look. I would have to get it cheap or REALLY want that frame.
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I think the camera is playing tricks as well. Work checking out in person to verify. Appears to be an '85.

Looks like it's missing the rear rack and needs an overhaul. Not stealing it at the offered price but if it checks out and you're seeking one out it's fair-ish. They're quality riders. I sold the one below quickly this summer in the Minneapolis market for my full asking price of $450.

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OP, the frameset usually goes for pretty close to the asking price on that bike, often times more if the paint turns out to be presentable. If it were local to me, I'd already be on my way.
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