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Old 07-11-17, 04:56 PM
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1996 Trek Multi Track 750

My current bike is a Fila mountain bike from the mid-90s in rough shape. I know nothing of bike maintenance and would like to get a new bike to commute 5 miles 3-4 x per week. I keep reading online that a good used bike is better than a cheap new one. I've looked for something with low usage and a good brand name and come up with the following:

1996 Trek Multi Track 750 bike for $116 on my local Craigslist (suburb of a bike-heavy city in Canada). The seller says it has been kept indoors, is in "very good" condition and estimates it has been ridden around 300 miles. If it is in the condition and mileage described by the seller, is this the kind of bike I could just ride home as it if were a new bike? Would you expect this bike to be free of squeaks, rattles, etc? I know I need to just go and see for myself just wondering your experience with this age and condition of bike.

Is this worth buying at this price? The other bikes I am looking at are a new Mongoose hybrid for $110 and a new Supercycle hybrid for $175. I'm looking for something that's a) efficient on paved bike paths, unlike my current mountain bike b) cheap c) requires no maintenance for the near future. Thanks for your help.

Please note the original price and distances were in CAD and km, I converted to USD and miles for this post for the sake of consistency with most posts here.
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Old 07-11-17, 05:02 PM
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The seller is probably basing the price off of the blue book value https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/sear....aspx?id=52016

If it really is "very good" condition and it fits, I say go for it.
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Originally Posted by zammykoo View Post
The seller is probably basing the price off of the blue book value

If it really is "very good" condition and it fits, I say go for it.
The numbers are actually converted from Canadian dollars and km, because I figured most users here are in the US, but it is funny how it perfectly matches the upper end of "very good" based on today's exchange rate. You may be right. Thanks for your help
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Looks like a pretty good deal.

Pretty much any 21 year old bike WILL require maintenance. People do not maintain their bikes, they pretty much ride to failure. A bike "tune up" at a shop is not really maintenance either, its just doing minor adjustment on gears and brakes.

At the 21 year old point, bearings will need grease, chain may be OK, may not, cables probably need replacement. Mileage estimates mean zip. I mean, does someone track miles ridden for 21 years?

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Old 07-12-17, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Looks like a pretty good deal.

Pretty much any 21 year old bike WILL require maintenance. People do not maintain their bikes, they pretty much ride to failure. A bike "tune up" at a shop is not really maintenance either, its just doing minor adjustment on gears and brakes.

At the 21 year old point, bearings will need grease, chain may be OK, may not, cables probably need replacement. Mileage estimates mean zip. I mean, does someone track miles ridden for 21 years?
That's all good to know, thanks for your help
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For Toronto, that would be very cheap.

If it is reasonable shape, I'd ride it and see if it needs a tune up. Get a competent mechanic to do a tuneup for 50-75 and it will be good for a long time. New cables stretch, but old ones are pre stretched.
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That's a good frame. Not as nice as the lugged 750s from a couple years earlier (which IIRC were the same frame as the 520, but with an upright cockpit and a step lower components), but probably a True Temper frame. Componentry may be showing its age though.
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