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Should I buy this 1990 Trek 1420?

Old 04-10-20, 01:14 PM
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Should I buy this 1990 Trek 1420?

I'm looking for a bike to be used for casual riding, commuting, etc. I'm a little out of my element here (in regards to brand quality, not so much actual riding) as I haven't owned a bike since adolescence, but I plan on meeting up with the owner of this bike tomorrow to possibly purchase.

He's asking for $150. Does this look like a good deal? Is there anything I should look at or take note of before pulling the trigger?

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Old 04-10-20, 01:32 PM
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Could be a good deal, unfortunately not knowing what you're doing it will be hard to determine how worn things are. If it hasn't been used much its a nice bike, good components though I don't care as much for downtube shifting, and easily worth the price. If the tires are original it hasn't been used much and you will need to replace those even if they seem good. If the bike is well used you might need to upgrade some parts, it'll make the bike an ok value. 105 is a good component group and that was a decent bike in its time.
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It looks nice and clean so $150 seems like an OK deal. It looks like a smallish frame though how tall are you?
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Old 04-10-20, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
It looks nice and clean so $150 seems like an OK deal. It looks like a smallish frame though how tall are you?
5'9" with a ~30in inseam

Should also mention it's a 54cm frame

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Google bike sizing and bike inseam. Your pant inseam is not your bike inseam. Bike is likely too small for you, but sizing over the internet is something I have never gotten very good at.
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Old 04-10-20, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Google bike sizing and bike inseam. Your pant inseam is not your bike inseam. Bike is likely too small for you, but sizing over the internet is something I have never gotten very good at.
Yeah I did that to get an idea of what size I was looking for. My inseam is roughly 28.5"
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Just from the pictures this bike looks like it has not been ridden very much. Center mold line on the tires still there (could just be new tires), very little sign of brake pad or rim wear, not beat up, white bar tape that doesn't look dirty. 105 group set is decent.For $150, if it fits I would buy it. I think they could ask more.
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good starter bike, classic&vintage, Trek with 105, price reasonable at $150 (firm or obo?) , the key question is the test ride, adjust the seat to your liking and do a few circles, slow and fast, turning, gear changing, breaking, must feel right, and try not to get too excited, keep cool and rational, good luck
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Originally Posted by rowerek View Post
good starter bike, classic&vintage, Trek with 105, price reasonable at $150 (firm or obo?) , the key question is the test ride, adjust the seat to your liking and do a few circles, slow and fast, turning, gear changing, breaking, must feel right, and try not to get too excited, keep cool and rational, good luck
I haven't asked. I'm fine with $150 though if it's as good as it looks in the ad.

He's including a tri-bar so I may ask him to knock off $20 to not include it since I don't really have any plans to use it. Though I guess I should ask, are those tri-bars one-size-fits-all? I don't want to look like an idiot if he's including it since he will no longer be able to use it lol
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Originally Posted by zachleft View Post
5'9" with a ~30in inseam

Should also mention it's a 54cm frame
I've got about an inch on you with the same inseam, I tend to ride 54cm as well which might be a touch small for me but I've never been comfortable on bigger, it'll probably be a good size for you.
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Old 04-10-20, 09:47 PM
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Looks like spd pedals (using a phone so small photos, forgive me if I'm wrong).
If so you'll need shoes with cleats or have to replace pedals if you just want flats. If you've never worn cleats they are a very easy learning curve but you should wear the correct shoes as riding on those pedals with regular shoes isn't as comfortable

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Old 04-10-20, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by WGB View Post
Looks like spd pedals (using a phone so small photos, forgive me if I'm wrong).
If so you'll need shoes with cleats or have to replace pedals if you just want flats. If you've never worn cleats they are a very easy learning curve but you should wear the correct shoes as riding on those pedals with regular shoes isn't as comfortable
Yeah I noticed that as well. I'll probably be replacing them with flats. You in the market for some clipless pedals?
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Old 04-11-20, 07:51 AM
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Looks nice


I would offer 140 cash


But would pay the 150.00 no problem !!!

Good Luck !!
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Definitely worth the price IMO, but I fear it might be a little of the small side.
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
Definitely worth the price IMO, but I fear it might be a little of the small side.
for somebody 5'9 with a 29" pants inseam? (Would equate to around a 31.5 cycling inseam) -- sounds like its spot on actually


im 5'8 with a 32" cycling inseam and am very comfiportable on a 54
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