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Old 09-05-12, 07:20 PM
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What's this old school Trek really worth?

Looking for some input... I have my eye on this old Trek: https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/3239313507.html

The thing is, I don't think it's worth $750 - that seems a bit steep. So, I wanted to get some opinions. Is that a realistic price? If not, what do you think is?
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It is in range on those, depending on condition. They can clear a thousand. However, this is a local sale and likely unrealistic for one. It is certainly within ebay pricing.

This model is one of the three most desirable vintage production touring bikes. You might be able to bargain it down a bit, but likely not much. Like vintage track bikes, vintage tourers carry a premium (though not quite as much) .
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Thanks, Poguemahone. I wasn't ruling out that the price might be accurate, but knowing how many people overvalue old bikes on CL, I figured I'd get some more well informed opinions. Sounds like this one may just be out of my price range.
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Price will be tough to get locally, but not super-insane.

I would offer $550 just to see what would happen...

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+1

It's on the high end but not outrageous. It's one of the most sought after touring bikes, and vintage Treks have a great reputation. I wouldn't pay $750 and I would expect it to be a tough sell at that price. Agree with the advice of offering low and see where that goes.
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+1 Grail vintage touring bike, so perhaps someone will buy it.

If it fit within your budget, and it is the bike you really want, I would go for it over ebay because it is local. Local saves you shipping ($100+/-), local allows you to inspect locally before committing to purchase, and finally, locally gives you the best shot of making an offer and getting the bike. A bike selling locally for $750 can often be bought for $650, maybe even less if you are patient.

But if you just want a nice vintage touring bike, and want to not spend so much, consider the next tier of vintage touring bikes. There are dozens of them, bikes like the Miyata 610/615 series, Univega Gran Turismo, Centurion Elite GT, Trek 520, Fuji Touring Series III or IV, etc. List is quite long. Note: most of these models changed year to year. So some years are much more touring oriented than others: features like cantilever brakes and so on. Myself, I would make sure to get a cantilever brake model.
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OP, keep in mind that most CLs have a price point above which bikes simply do not move quickly. Here it is somewhere around 200$. This Trek is priced in it's range, but likely will not move. You can offer 550$, but I would expect to pay at least 600$ for a 720. You can find relative bargains at the high end on most Craiglists; less so at the low. Anything lower than about 300$ on a 720 is dumb luck. I paid 75$ for mine; it was a thrift store find and certainly drops into the dumb luck category.

It is likely the seller hopes to avoid ebay fees and the hassle of shipping. However, he may get offers from out of town via a CL ad on a bike like this (I put up a Merckx Leader once, and got offers from across the US). However, if you wait, the seller may repost the ad a few times and be more open to bargaining some.
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So some years are much more touring oriented than others: features like cantilever brakes and so on. Myself, I would make sure to get a cantilever brake model.
+1. Warning: many (read: most) of the bikes advertised on Craigslist as "touring" models are not in fact touring bikes. Look for the Cantis, and the longer wheelbase/relaxed geo.

This 720 is a tourer.
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Awesome bike. I agree on pricing above. I'd love one of these.
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+1 Vintage bikes over a certain level on C/L sit, even when priced attractively. At least that is the case in my area. As a result, much/most of my C/L purchases are in the high end.

Meanwhile, pure crap at a low enough price sells fast, lightning fast. I sold a bottom end bike, as found (realized it was a mistake to work on it, should never had bought it). Anyway, I listed it for $50. Must have gotten 30 or 40 emails within a couple of hours. People were begging to get it.

So unless the seller is willing to ship (+1 to above, he WILL get requests from out of his area to ship it for sure), it will probably linger a while. A couple of high end bikes I purchased off C/L lingered for a couple of weeks. At that point, some (but not all) sellers get pretty flexible.

Of course, while you are waiting for them to get flexible, someone else can scoop in on it. Its the risk you take to save $$$.
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Here's one for sale here, same size, same color, $400 plus shipping. If you want one, snap it up.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...24-in-TREK-720
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400 with a top tube dent. Shows value of these.
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