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1983 Trek 720 - All Original

Old 06-23-19, 05:01 PM
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1983 Trek 720 - All Original

Hello All,

Iím seriously in the n+ too many bike projects. I would like to focus my efforts on bikes that are actually my size, and would like to pass on project bikes that donít fit to those who would like to restore and ride them. One is a completely original Trek 720 that I got from the original owner. The bike is dirty, has a little surface rust on some components, and a sc**** on the seattube ďTrekĒ decal, but other than that, it is in great shape and is ready for a restoration! Please let me know what a good and fair bikeforums.com member price would be. I donít stand to gain much financially on this, so I would rather do local pickup over national shipping.

It is 21Ē, and is 100% original to catalog specks.

I really want this to go to a loving bikeforum memberís home for a reasonable price!

Youíre advise is appreciated! Thank you!










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Really fine bike you have there. That is the one with the ultra long chainstays, yes? If I ever found one of those in my size locally I'd snap 'er up and keep it for good!
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When I saw this bike and the original condition it was in, I had to snatch it up. It has the Huret DuoPar derailleurs in great shape, tons of braise-inís (including the front fork),Campagnolo dropouts, and 531 butted tubing throughout the entire frame. This is one of the greatest tourers ever made. Unfortunately, itís grossly too small. I was thinking of doing a restoration myself, and then sell it, but Iíve just got too many other projects. Iím going to let another member pick it up and do the restoration if they so choose.

Alas, Iím not a trek expert. What would be be a reasonable asking price for this iconic bike?


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Really fine bike you have there. That is the one with the ultra long chainstays, yes? If I ever found one of those in my size locally I'd snap 'er up and keep it for good!
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Old 06-23-19, 10:04 PM
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In that cruddy condition and with a helicomatic hubset, I'd say $200.
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Thanks SurferRosa. Thatís about what I was planning on listing it for. Yes, it is in cruddy condition, but I just donít have the time to restore bikes that donít fit me anymore. Iíll be moving it to the C&V for sale forum.

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In that cruddy condition and with a helicomatic hubset, I'd say $200.
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Iíd say $250 to $300. The basic bike is all there. Some minor parts with issues. Popular size. Bare frame alone with HS at least $200, if not a little more.
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Those were the days when Trek was very ecclectic with specification of parts....Cinelli bars, Sugino, Sun Tour GranCompe levers with cantis, Bar ends, French Huret, Mavic and Rigida, American made, English tubing with Campy drop outs.

Treks were fun in catalogs in those days..
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They really were! And you forgot SR pedals with Christophe cages and straps! This bike was definitely a product of the burgeoning global economy! I had to look at the catalog several times just to make sure this mosh-mash of parts were all original to the bike! Haha



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Those were the days when Trek was very ecclectic with specification of parts....Cinelli bars, Sugino, Sun Tour GranCompe levers with cantis, Bar ends, French Huret, Mavic and Rigida, American made, English tubing with Campy drop outs.

Treks were fun in catalogs in those days..
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Iíd say $250 to $300. The basic bike is all there. Some minor parts with issues. Popular size. Bare frame alone with HS at least $200, if not a little more.
Thanks for the appraisal! I have it listed on the C&V sales thread for $200. Iím not looking to make any $$$ on it, just want to pass it on to someone who will show it some love.
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Almost looks like Specialized tires, too.
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Thanks for the appraisal! I have it listed on the C&V sales thread for $200. Iím not looking to make any $$$ on it, just want to pass it on to someone who will show it some love.
$200 is a very good deal on this bike. $300 is a fair price. Vintage touring bikes command a premium. This is a sought after bike and the parts are all original. This is a cool bike.
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Just to ramble about my '83 720...

I know youíve likely sold this already, but I paid 550.00 for my Ď83 720 in about the same condition as yours. My wheel set had been modernized to 700c though, so that's about a 150.00 value.

Mine is a 24" frame and I took it on a camping 3 day tour with my wife. She was on a Cannondale ST 4 or 5 hundred from '85. I'd say the Cannodale was the more practical bike for the trip, because my 24" 720 requires a pickier set up. I had a ton of weight on the back and when I did that the tail was wagging the dog.

I do think my 720 would have ridden a lot better if I'd used front low riders. I also think that while I may have paid slightly more than FMV, I Didn't pay more than what I think the bike is worth to me. It's just so unique and iconic, That Reynolds 531 tubing is only made by special order now, so the tubes are almost unobtainium, much less the build quality, which is stellar.

The socket lugs of the '84/'85 720's may be sturdier, but the hand radiused lugs of the '83 are far more elegant, and the wheelbase on the '83 is a bit longer than the '84 too, so you really get an amazingly smooth ride. That's the plus and the minus of these old girls, the Cannondale might be a "harsh" ride unlaiden, but it's surely planted and stable when loaded up!

For a kitchen sink tour I would leave the Trek home, and use something stiffer, but that same give makes the Trek an amazing Century rider, Rando Bike, Credit card tourer, or even a commuter. If you were going to bike tour ultra light style, like under 35lbs or so, this would be perfection, more if it was distributed better.

As I've been doing this bike hobby more and more, I've come to believe that the value of a bike, while determined by location and condition to be sure, is also about how long you're willing to wait for the buyer who values it as much as you do.
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Really Nice Bike!
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