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Old 06-11-24, 04:17 PM
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Value of 1983 Trek 700 Road bike?

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I'm trying to sell my (what I believe is) 1983 Trek 700 road bike. It's in great / working shape. Dark Blue, 12 Speed, 60 cm ( 24 inch), 25 inch wheels, Reynolds 531 frame, Suntour Suburbe brakes, Campagnolo 170 Strada"3" 52 tooth crank, Mavic Module E2 wheels, Miche Competition axels, Suntour down-bar shifters, Suntour Superbe derailers, Belleri - St. Etienne French handlebars, Dia-Comp Drop Forged Headset, Strong 272 seat post, Discovery kevlar Cyclepro 700 x 25c Tires, SR-SP150 Japanese Pedals, Sakae RR-4002 pedal reflectors, Christophe "Special X' Brevete XL foot cages, Advocet MOD. 1 leather straps, Spidel wheel releases. (Not original Avocet racing 1 saddle). It has a serial number that looks like: 008681.
Can anyone give me an idea of value of this bike with the few upgrades that has been done to it? I hope to put it up on eBay soon.
Thanks so much for any insight!
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We can't give a valuation without pics. You can post some to your profile and someone will post them to this thread. Vintage Treks sell. You may be better off selling it locally. The price you get may not be as high as eBay but you avoid the fees and headaches. You live in a good sized market so you will be able to sell it at a decent price.
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You don't have 26" wheels.
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Thanks nesteel, I have corrected it to 25 inch.
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Thanks bikemig,
Do you have any suggestions as to where to advertise or sell, in this area?
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Originally Posted by ShawnM
Thanks bikemig,
Do you have any suggestions as to where to advertise or sell, in this area?
FB marketplace is active. You'll sell that bike easily if you price it right.
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Originally Posted by ShawnM
Thanks nesteel, I have corrected it to 25 inch.
No such thing AFIK. Liekly 27"
Lookup the SN to determine which 700 bike it is.I think there may be variations still in that year.
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Originally Posted by ShawnM
Thanks nesteel, I have corrected it to 25 inch.
Measuring from (e.g.) the floor to the top of the tire is not how you determine wheel size. Look for labels on the tire's sidewall. You'll see, e.g., 27 x 1 1/8 or 700x x 23. The wheel size is either 27" or 700c.

By the way, neither number exactly corresponds to a measurable dimension of the wheel. Nothing to worry about, though. All you need to know is which of the two numbers appears on the tire. (Some of the rims on Trek wheels included the wheel size, also.)
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He states the tire (and rim) size in his op:

Originally Posted by ShawnM
Discovery kevlar Cyclepro 700 x 25c Tires
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I started in 2019 and enjoyed the hey days after COVID. my main goal was self funding my hobby upgrading bikes. I really slowed down in late 2022 and cleared out most of the for sale inventory.

I think now is a great time if you want to get a nice bike. I love Superbe Pro and have been picking up in the box pieces pretty cheap (compared to eBay).

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From your serial number that would be a 24" 710 from 1981. If it was a 25" I would be at your door today.

Try Craigslist or Facebook marketplace before you do eBay, it will be less hassle for a local pickup.

Without seeing it I would start at $450 but take $400.
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Thanks so much Trakhak !
The tires say 700 x 23c... so, I guess I'll just put down 700 for wheel size.
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Thanks SJX426. The serial number is stamped... and very hard to read. It looks like 008681
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Check your local FB marketplace. Search for your competition, say $100 to $300 bikes. Realize these are ASKING prices, not sold prices. But it does tell you what else is available. Clean your bike, lube the chain, air up the tires.

As a buyer, I LOVE to find bikes with flat tires. Why? Less competition from other buyers = lower price for me. As a seller, clean, aired up tires, and ready to ride for the win.

Bike prices have dropped A LOT since the good old days.

Selling on ebay requires you to pack and ship at a low cost. And packing a bike is a lot of work.
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Originally Posted by Kobe
From your serial number that would be a 24" 710 from 1981. If it was a 25" I would be at your door today.

Try Craigslist or Facebook marketplace before you do eBay, it will be less hassle for a local pickup.

Without seeing it I would start at $450 but take $400.
Thanks so much Kobe !!
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Very nice bike. I think the 700s from this time period are undervalued, maybe because they look almost exactly like the more numerous 500s and 600s. I bought a similar 1982 last year for $250 and I thought it was a fair price. This one should be worth a little more with the Superbe components, but on the other hand the vintage bike market has continued to soften in the last year.
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Very nice bike. I think the 700s from this time period are undervalued, maybe because they look almost exactly like the more numerous 500s and 600s. I bought a similar 1982 last year for $250 and I thought it was a fair price. This one should be worth a little more with the Superbe components, but on the other hand the vintage bike market has continued to soften in the last year.
Thanks so much Albrt...
Does the Campagnolo "170 Strada 3" (52 tooth) crank, help up the price at all??
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I'm not a Campy guy so I don't know how desirable that particular crank is. If somebody is buying the bike so they can resell the parts on ebay then maybe yes, but having a mix of different parts is not always appealing for somebody buying a vintage bike if they want to it be the way it was originally.

I think Trek sold a lot of the 700s in that era as frames, so they tend to have an idiosyncratic mix of parts as built up by the original owner.

Edit: I don't mean to be a downer. Two years ago I probably would have paid $400 or more for this bike. But now I have two of them, and apparently so does everybody else who wanted one, and the market has slowed significantly. Still, it would not be a sin to list this for $400 (or even $500) and see what happens.

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By the way, the A on the bottom bracket is probably a builder's mark. Speculation on this post that it probably stood for Mike Appel.

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Do you have a parts stash? If you do, you could replace the crank and brakes to sell them separately.

You should do some work on the bike before selling it as it does not present well. You should level the saddle, do something about the tires (maybe find some cheap used tires), and tape the handlebars properly. You can't ask top dollar for the bike as it now stands. I'd ask $500 and see what happens. The used vintage bike market is much weaker than it once was but vintage Treks still have a strong following and you live in a large metropolitan area. I have received top dollar for all of my vintage Treks and I live in a much, much smaller city than you do.
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