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Old 01-13-17, 02:04 PM
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Old Trek Antelope

My neighbor just gave me a Trek Antelope 800. S/N T7E 76770. Where can I find information on this bike? Also, is there any way to download a user or maintenance manual? Is there much of a value on this bike? It needs some brake and chain adjustments. Is it worth spending any money on?

Thank you for any help you can send my way.
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Old 01-13-17, 02:34 PM
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Try here:
Vintage Trek Bikes- Information on Steel Road Bicycles made by the Trek Bicycle Corporation, bike

The 800 is a decent but not valuable bike. It is worth repairing, but I would not dump extra $$ into it beyond that.
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It's a fine bike if you want something to ride. Agree with the poster above that it is not particularly valuable and I would not sink much money on it. The best thing to do with an old bike is to overhaul it (new ball bearings and fresh grease for the bottom bracket, hubs, and headset) and replace consumables (namely cables, housing, chain, and quite likely the tires).

Sheldon Brown has a good site for working on old bikes. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/

Plus there are youtube videos of pretty much anything you want to do.

If you don't feel like overhauling, just adjust as needed and ride. It is better however to overhaul a bike this old.
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Old 01-13-17, 05:50 PM
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Trek Antelope 800

bikemig & dweenk: Thank you for the fast replies. There is a wealth of info on your two reference sites. I will be studying them tomorrow. Again, thanks for your time.
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Old 01-13-17, 06:40 PM
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Old mountain bikes like that require some refinement of language when talking about their value. Your neighbor gave it to you, so that's your first clue as to the free market value (what it can be sold for). In good working order with relatively new tires and cables, free of any rust, that bike might sell for $150. In typical "found it in my garage" condition, you'd be lucky to get $50 for it.

But that's only half the story. As you invest money into improving its condition, it obtains a certain use value to you. Think of it this way, if you spend $100 on that bike will it be more useful or enjoyable to ride than another bike that you could buy for $100. In the case of a bike you currently own with no cost, the answer is almost certainly "yes" at the $100 level, and I would estimate that depending on what you intend to use it for a solid old mountain bike like that, assuming the frame is in good shape, could have a justifiable use value for investing as much as $350. That's not to say you could sell it for that. The market is such that no matter how much you spend on the bike you won't be able to sell it for more than about $150, but if you did spend $350 tricking it out and chose your improvements wisely, I think it would be a better utility bike than you could buy for $350.

I once bought a 1989 Specialized RockHopper for $110. It was in really good shape and didn't need anything to make it rideable. I built new wheels for it, bought new tires and upgraded to (then new) 9-speed Deore components. I probably had around $400 in it by the time I was all done. It was a pretty sweet bike, and I couldn't have gotten anything better for $400. I'd have lost my shirt if I'd tried to sell it, but I felt like it was money well spent when I was riding it. When it came time to sell it, I put the original wheels and more modest components on it (having since sold most of the originals) and sold it for around $150.
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I should have mentioned in my previous reply that paying a bike shop to repair the bike for you will have much less value and you'll be in the red much sooner. The good news is this is a really simple bike and there's nothing that will need to be done to it that you can't learn to do for yourself. You might need to acquire a few tools along the way, but that's not such a bad thing. Alternatively, you might be able to borrow tools at a bike co-op.
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red Trek bike with childs seat Must be a $200 bike seat. They usually ask $100 to $150 around here. I had trouble getting $75 for ladies model. It was a well made/running bike.
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Andy: My neighbor is in his late 80's and just wanted to make space in his garage. I'll take it to LBS that is very reasonable today for an estimate to make it good to ride. It looks to be in good health. I don't think it needs a heart transplant, maybe just a few stents!!
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Trek Antelopes were made in the mid 90's. Good solid high tension steel frame bikes. If it just needs cleaning up & doesn't require a ton of new parts then, it could be worth around $75.
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I agree with Andy_K. There are two questions, really - what is is worth, and what is it's value? One of my favorite bikes is a $30 Trek 730 with mismatched components I got from the local co-op. It's now with my son on campus, because it's too ugly to be desirable. But it's got a great ride, ignores rough pavement, and fits me just right.

Your bike may be worth $50 - $150, but what is it's value to you? If the bike shop can replace worn out components (tires, brake pads, cables), tune it up, and assure you it's safe for another $100, would you get $100 of use out of it? Even better, if you learn to do simple things for yourself (learn to change a flat, adjust brakes, clean and lube), you're only out the time and supplies.
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