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Old 01-26-19, 04:24 PM
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'84 Trek 520 value

What do you all think of this '84 Trek 520? How about the asking price?
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https://neworleans.craigslist.org/bi...803121650.html
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Old 01-26-19, 05:29 PM
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aaarrrghhh, that decal!!! how unfortunate.
i mean it looks like a nice clean decent bike, i have to wonder about the decal placement.

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Decal aside I think so, as long as it fits. Are these wheels new? The don't seem to have any wear on them.



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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
aaarrrghhh, that decal!!! how unfortunate.
i mean it looks like a nice clean decent bike, i have to wonder about the decal placement.
$30 and an hours worth of time, and it's back on the seat tube.
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano View Post
What do you all think of this '84 Trek 520? How about the asking price?
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https://neworleans.craigslist.org/bi...803121650.html
Persons ad is funny, and it would make a great bike for a shorter human. I'd consider the price to be spot on for a canti equipped tourer.
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Those are the original wheels - Matrix rims, galvanized spokes, and Helicomatic hubs. Not the right decal for an '84, and not the right location for an earlier model. I wonder if the paints okay under it.
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I wouldn't touch it with a rear helicomatic hub. Hate 'em. Not worth messin' with.

But, let's say you really like the bike and want it anyway. Ride it before you buy it and put the rear cluster through its paces. Make sure not a single rear cog skips under power. If it seems to work, you might be in good shape for a while. You can always replace the hub(s) or whole wheelset later.
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
I'd consider the price to be spot on for a canti equipped tourer.
+1 FMV for NO. Up north here the seller could do better.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
I wouldn't touch it with a rear helicomatic hub. Hate 'em. Not worth messin' with.

But, let's say you really like the bike and want it anyway. Ride it before you buy it and put the rear cluster through its paces. Make sure not a single rear cog skips under power. If it seems to work, you might be in good shape for a while. You can always replace the hub(s) or whole wheelset later.
Looking past the entire bike due to the rear hub is a shame. These old Trek tourers are fine bikes. Wheels are replaceable.
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
Looking past the entire bike due to the rear hub is a shame. These old Trek tourers are fine bikes. Wheels are replaceable.
And if a newbie read my post, he would be properly warned of the helocomatic hub.

Like I said, the hub and/or wheelset can be replaced. But the buyer should be prepared to do so before purchase.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
And if a newbie read my post, he would be properly warned of the helocomatic hub.

Like I said, the hub and/or wheelset can be replaced. But the buyer should be prepared to do so before purchase.
No, a newbie would be instructed to walk away by your statement.
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Well, not exactly a newbie here, but I have to say, after having a few bikes with Helicomatics, I would rather not pay for the wheels in this case. The rest of the bike - okay. So, 200, I offered the guy. No deal. So how 'bout meeting in the middle - 225? Nope, he won't budge. Plus, he had this same bike up for sale last summer, I think for 275. I offered him 225 then as well. It didn't sell. And its 75 miles one way from Baton Rouge.
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Hmm, if the seller is that unwilling to move on the price after a year, perhaps just let this one go?
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Old 01-26-19, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
Hmm, if the seller is that unwilling to move on the price after a year, perhaps just let this one go?
Yep, I think so. When it popped back up for sale again, I thought he'd consider a reasonable offer. Actually, I'm kind of surprised someone without the aversion to Helicos as I do would have bought it by now.
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
No, a newbie would be instructed to walk away by your statement.
Especially if he didn't read the entire post:

Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
But, let's say you really like the bike and want it anyway. Ride it before you buy it and put the rear cluster through its paces. Make sure not a single rear cog skips under power. If it seems to work, you might be in good shape for a while. You can always replace the hub(s) or whole wheelset later.
I will warn anyone of the helicomatic hub. No apologies.
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Old 01-26-19, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Hobbiano View Post
" Actually, I'm kind of surprised someone without the aversion to Helicos as I do would have bought it by now."
What is that? A double positive?
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IF the paint is original and in good shape, I think it is a pretty decent deals. On offers, in person, in cash. But 70 miles one way to have that conversation, I'm not doing it unless I happen to be going that way for another purpose.

As far as Helicomatic, not a fan either, but they work, for a while anyway. Assuming the cassette is in good shape, if/when you swap out the wheels, the Helicomatic stuff has value. Note to self: dig through my wheels and move the helicomatics!

Considering the condition of the rims, I would expect the hub and cassette to be in good condition, but no guarantees of course!
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I don't like the decal - it's not even the right decal for the year, let alone the bike.
On the positive side the bike is already registered to vote.
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Worth very little, a bike involved in politics is quite tainted.
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I'd snap that up at that price, but I live in NYC. If it didn't fit, I could easily resell it for around $400.
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I'd snap that up at that price, but I live in NYC. If it didn't fit, I could easily resell it for around $400.
I'm with you, for a Trek 520 1984? That's the only year it had the traditional seat lug and the 45.5cm seatstays. I would not sell mine for 250.00 and it's in a lot rougher shape! Also I'm in Chicago and it's a biking city too.
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Agree with others who have said that the Helicomatic rear hub may be ok for use as-is since the wheels look to be in VGC - possibly not many miles.

One other possibility for the rear wheel is to find a Maillard hub to substitute for the Helicomatic. Some Maillard hubs have identical housings to the Helicomatic so the existing spokes, nipples, and rim could be re-used to build a new wheel. I did this with the Helicomatic hub on my Trek 620.

$275 is a good price for that bike if it fits you - and assuming it is a 520 - looks like a 520 to me and its easy enough to check the serial # to verify.
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The seller should knock $50 off the price to cover replacing the decal. Aside from being in the wrong location it’s the wrong decal. If you were to replace the wheels, might as well consider 700c. This might or might not require longer reach brakes, but you could fit a little wider tire.
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