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Old 12-22-14, 09:09 AM
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1984 Trek 560 - Good buy?

I've been looking to get ahold of an older Trek as a weekend rider and something I can take some tools to and get a little more advanced about bike maintenance. I found this Trek 560 from what I believe to be 1984 based on my google searching.

The guy is asking $400 but I talked him down to $300. It seems to have some pretty nice upgrades like a Dura-Ace crank and various 105 parts.

Take a look and let me know if you think it's worth $300 of my hard earned dollars. Appreciate it!

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Old 12-22-14, 09:16 AM
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a ready to ride, fully serviced Trek 560 for $300, I think you did well.
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Is it your size? If so it is a reasonable price. One potential problem is the rear hub. If it is a Heliconomic(?) you might need a special tool.
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Awesome. I believe it's my size. My other bike is 56cm and I'm 5'10" so hopefully it works out. Checking it out later.
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Is it your size? If so it is a reasonable price. One potential problem is the rear hub. If it is a Heliconomic(?) you might need a special tool.
$13 for the tool on ebay, last time I bought one or a rag and channel locks.

I have a 1985 560 and love it.
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If you're not sure it's your size, why'd you enter into negotiations with the seller? Do you do that with prostitutes and drug dealers, too, only to then not buy once you agree on a price?
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If you're not sure it's your size, why'd you enter into negotiations with the seller? Do you do that with prostitutes and drug dealers, too, only to then not buy once you agree on a price?
Like I said, I ride a 56cm so I'd figure 57cm should work. I have also not agreed to purchase anything, only asking if he would take $300 instead of the original asking price.

To answer your question, if the drugs and hookers were not to my standards, then no, I would not pay the seller.
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Hey guys, it's the holidays.
The OP is new, let's cut him some Christmas slack, shall we?
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Nice bike. Decent price if the condition is as described. I wouldn't dally too long if you want the bike.
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I always contact a Seller to talk about details before I drive out to look at a bike.

Sometimes the asking price in an ad is so far out of bounds that I make an inquiry as to how firm the Seller is on the price before I drive out. If the Seller is asking $500 for a bike in a condition that is only worth 4250, if it is as advertised, there is no reason to go see it if the Seller is not going to consider selling it for a reasonable price.

If a bike is already within what I consider to be a reason range, I'll go see a bike, with the understanding that I might make a full price offer, or a lower offer, depending on what I discover. It's more often that I find something is worse than advertised, rather than better, and that triggers a lower offer.

Often times, the Seller is not very familiar with bikes, and doesn't know what he/she has, which results in a poor ad description, and overblown asking price. More often than not when I happen upon a poorly described bike at an inflated price, I go home with the bike at a price more to my liking, and the Seller puts some dollars in their pocket for something they are not interested in keeping or storing.

It seems to me that in most people's minds (Buyers and Sellers), a deal is not a done deal until the Buyer puts the cash in the Seller's hand, and the bike in their car. I've run into many situations while a Seller, where the Buyer fails to complete the transaction after a mutual agreement on price and delivery/pickup. And as a Buyer after agreeing on the price and delivery or pickup, when the Seller does not follow the terms of the agreement (including when I sent the money and didn't get anything back, and the Seller changed his mind and sent the money back three weeks after he got it, and driving a couple of hours to pick something up to find the Seller sold it to somebody an hour before we agreed that I would be there to pick up with cash).
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Is it still riding season in Minneapolis? Even in sunny SoCal the market is soft this time of year. The DA crank is nice but I still think it would take some time to get $300 for that bike in my neighborhood. If the OP really wants it and he says it fits then it will make a nice rider.

I sold one with 22.5" frame in March 2010 with upgraded wheels and 8 speed cassette for $300 after cleaning and new consumables, bearing grease etc.

PS, if I get an e mail from a buyer and the only question is will you take $175? I just don't respond.

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Originally Posted by RoadGuy View Post
I always contact a Seller to talk about details before I drive out to look at a bike.

Sometimes the asking price in an ad is so far out of bounds that I make an inquiry as to how firm the Seller is on the price before I drive out. If the Seller is asking $500 for a bike in a condition that is only worth 4250, if it is as advertised, there is no reason to go see it if the Seller is not going to consider selling it for a reasonable price.

If a bike is already within what I consider to be a reason range, I'll go see a bike, with the understanding that I might make a full price offer, or a lower offer, depending on what I discover. It's more often that I find something is worse than advertised, rather than better, and that triggers a lower offer.

Often times, the Seller is not very familiar with bikes, and doesn't know what he/she has, which results in a poor ad description, and overblown asking price. More often than not when I happen upon a poorly described bike at an inflated price, I go home with the bike at a price more to my liking, and the Seller puts some dollars in their pocket for something they are not interested in keeping or storing.

It seems to me that in most people's minds (Buyers and Sellers), a deal is not a done deal until the Buyer puts the cash in the Seller's hand, and the bike in their car. I've run into many situations while a Seller, where the Buyer fails to complete the transaction after a mutual agreement on price and delivery/pickup. And as a Buyer after agreeing on the price and delivery or pickup, when the Seller does not follow the terms of the agreement (including when I sent the money and didn't get anything back, and the Seller changed his mind and sent the money back three weeks after he got it, and driving a couple of hours to pick something up to find the Seller sold it to somebody an hour before we agreed that I would be there to pick up with cash).
+1 I agree...the deal is still fluid until the cash and merchandise change hands. No one is committed to anything...I have done the above, thought we had a lower price, driven an hour...and the seller go, ah, no...I have to have more now...it works all sorts of ways...
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I have one just like the one pictured. I like the bike, it's been a good ride. The nice thing about mine is that I trashed picked it, so it was free. It came with a set of Campy Chorus Wheels. So the ride was great. A month later I drove by the same house and the Helicomatics were sitting by the trash cans so now I have those too. I think 300 is about right.
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A month later I drove by the same house and the Helicomatics were sitting by the trash cans so now I have those too. I think 300 is about right.
Perhaps you should drive by that house everyday. Maybe they will toss out a 760 or who knows what.
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Very cool find! I the older treks as my moms had one when I was a youngster. I recently grabbed this 87 560 pro series for $100 at the flea markter, BUT it needed a lot of tuning and doesn't have a complete set up... exage brakes / levers, acera x derail, indexing rx100 shifters, getting tires and truing rims... so for $300 with dura ace and what not going for it, I think you did well!

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Originally Posted by dwightisright View Post
I have one just like the one pictured. I like the bike, it's been a good ride. The nice thing about mine is that I trashed picked it, so it was free. It came with a set of Campy Chorus Wheels. So the ride was great. A month later I drove by the same house and the Helicomatics were sitting by the trash cans so now I have those too. I think 300 is about right.
Tell me more about this... trash picking ahahaha I've been hearing more and more about going to land fills and finding bikes in dumpsters... How do find out about these kinds of things? Where do you look in the trash or what not? I get mine at the flea market right now, and it's here and there, but free ninety free is always a great deal XD
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Perhaps you should drive by that house everyday. Maybe they will toss out a 760 or who knows what.
I've had stranger things happen concerning the Trek 760 (like mine).

The 560 is a very snappy racer and will give a very lively ride. I had a 460 for 10yrs and regretted selling it but I wanted someone to ride it and appreciate it as I did.
Treks are a classy ride.
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Tell me more about this... trash picking ahahaha I've been hearing more and more about going to land fills and finding bikes in dumpsters... How do find out about these kinds of things? Where do you look in the trash or what not? I get mine at the flea market right now, and it's here and there, but free ninety free is always a great deal XD
I just cruise my neighborhood actually I cruise 2 other neighborhoods. I find out when trash day is and do the cruise that night or early morning. I watch for bikes parked next to the trashcans. I also watch for garage sales in my part of the woods no one wants a bike. I make friend with the pickers and tell them what I want. Not every trash day will yield a bike. Expensive neighborhood will not always yield a good bike. It's the trill of the hunt. No secrets, no honey holes just plain having fun. Hunting season is from the first day of spring till late fall. This last spring/fall yielded a Bass and guitar amp both things that I wanted.

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Perhaps you should drive by that house everyday. Maybe they will toss out a 760 or who knows what.
I do, I know there is a 1500 waiting to be trashed,I see it sitting in the garage hasn't moved in the last year. I can always use another 1500.

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Tell me more about this... trash picking ahahaha I've been hearing more and more about going to land fills and finding bikes in dumpsters... How do find out about these kinds of things? Where do you look in the trash or what not? I get mine at the flea market right now, and it's here and there, but free ninety free is always a great deal XD
There is a long running thrad on the C&V forum "Saved from the dump". Some towns have a metal pile or a re-use it shed where you can find bikes. Dumpsters outside college dorms at the end of spring semester are also a great place. I give most of those I find to Bikes not Bombs in Boston, but some I keepsome I trade.
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if its my size, i'll grab it for $300 which is fair enough considering that it has DA on it and looks its in pretty nice shape!!!
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