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Old 12-02-09, 11:28 PM
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1982 Trek 614

I recently just purchased a 1982 trek 614, which I was kinda misled to believe that it was a newer bike than it is. well never the less, I do like the bike, and it just so happens that me and the bike are the same age..
A little about the bike, it is a lugged frame, the original components. Crank, derailers, brakes, the seat post, even the seat is original. The paint, looks to be original, it does have scratched in the paint.
What would be the estimated value of this bike be?
Would it hurt the value to repaint the bike a different color that was not offered by trek? I am looking at updating and upgrading the brakes, the shifters, and the derailers, what would that be advisable. I know it is my bike and I can do what I want to, but if I can turn around sell the bike for more than I paid for it, great. I can buy a newer bike that I would not have to do the upgrades that I would like.
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Old 12-02-09, 11:49 PM
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I'm not expert and I'm sure others with more knowledge will chime in...but I would vote for leaving it original. Or at least leave the paint original so that it could some day be returned to stock.

As for value I would say in good shape and original $250+. Some people love those old Treks so maybe more.

This is just 531 main tubes right?
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Old 12-03-09, 06:27 AM
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IMHO the bike is worth what you paid for it. without pics it is hard to tell the value as condition weighs heavily in the value. as for painting and upgrading. if you like the bike and want to keep it as a rider painting it whatever color you wish is your business but in general even repainting with factory colors does not increase the resale value greatly. same with components. if you put a complete 105 STI 10spd kit on it the value of the bike would bassically be about $100 more then the 105 kit cost.

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Repainting a bike is a way to destroy value. First, a high quality repaint is not cheap. So to do it right, will cost about what the bike is worth. And then you have lowered its value, as the bike is no longer original.

As far as the seller misleading you on age, I always assume sellers know very little about their bikes. I do not believe anything they tell me. Its not that they are lying, its about them not really knowing accurately (or memories fading, or whatever). With the web, there is no reason to not do your own research. And Trek has just about the best vintage site on the web.

If you want a more modern bike, you are really better off financially selling this bike, and buying a modern bike.
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Old 12-03-09, 03:26 PM
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Hard to tell without pictures, but the value of that bike could be anywhere from $150-$500. $500 would be for one with little wear & that doesn't have scratches like I'm assuming you're describing. I agree with 4R6S that $250 is probably a good baseline with original components.

Before you upgrade - ride it. Make sure it's what you want as a frame before you go throwing $ in newer componentry on it. My personal opinion is that if you want a newer bike with STI shifting, sell this one as is and buy a newer bike. I have an '83 600, but riding it with DT shifters, a 6s rear, etc. But first - ride it. You may find you like it as is.
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There are a couple of things interesting in this bike:

- the 50-45-28 crank (which you will have a heck of a time trying to get it to play nice with a modern indexing brifter)
- the 27 inch wheels.

Nice frame, 531 main, Ishi drop.

I think that those 2 things plus the friction shifting probably drop the value a bit, if you want to resell. On the other hand, they offer some unique riding characteristics that would be nice for long rides in hilly terrain.
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Old 12-03-09, 06:50 PM
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The 614 was a great bike. Paint jobs were Trek Imron and the components were built to last. As stated, hard to give a value without a set of pictures, but in good condition $250 is a very fair price. Unless you absolutely fall in love with the bike and want to keep it forever, I would not invest the money to repaint and upgrade to modern parts. It's just cheaper to find a good late model used bike.
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I love the bike. One of the selling points to me was the crank. I love having that real low gear for some of the hills around here. There are some real ***** hills where I live. I drive a dump truck for a living, so I get to constantly scout out new routes to ride. The thing that I dont like about the components, are the down tube shifters. They are just real awkard for me to get used to. I have already put about 65 miles on the bike, its comfortable and it really rides good. I plan on keeping it, but I am just not in love with the red color, and the downtube shifters.

AS far as the painting of the bike, it would done professionally. I would strip the bike down and remove all the paint my self. I have a friend who is really a bad ass painter that would do the labor for basically nothing since he would just have to shoot the paint.
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