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Second score within a week, no less a double whammy this time

Old 06-29-11, 11:52 PM
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Second score within a week, no less a double whammy this time

After I got home tonight, while I was still thinking how much fun my new Specialized Sirrus is for commuting, I casually turned on the computer to quickly scan Craigslist for bikes before dinner. Then I noticed a posting for two Trek bikes, a 1500 and a 420 for $260 total. That was pretty much all it said. It did include two pictures each. Since it was posted two hours ago I didn't think to have much of a change, but I called the guy anyhow. Of course you know where this story is going.

He picked up immediately, which caught me off guard. I was sure I had to leave a message and I was contemplating if this even made sense. I asked if the bikes were still available and he said yes, again to my surplice. I told him I would jump in the car right away and most likely take them both. He then asked me, don't you have any questions? In my excitement I didn't even know what to ask, so I asked him about the condition and the sizes. Then I told him I jump in the car and be there as fast as I can. Google maps gave it about 35 minutes. Well, it took me much longer (about 1 1/2 hours), since I missed two left turns and traffic was bad. I started to think it wasn't meant to be.

I called him a couple of times, but he never picked up again. When I finally arrived I noticed the two bikes in the garage, so I knew I was back in business. He was a really nice guy and was glad to see me, since he was starting to get worried I wouldn't show up.

I asked him what the story of these two bikes are. He said he bought both new, the 420 which turned out to be a 560 in 1983 and the 1500 in 1990. But he moved to Salt Lake City a while back and these bikes had been sitting in his mom's house ever since. He was visiting his mom and she wanted him to get rid of them.

He also mentioned that he received so many calls about these bikes that he turned off his phone. I wasn't the first, but since I was able to come right away I got the opportunity to take them off his hands. I gladly handed him the money.

When I came home the first thing I had to do was eat my dinner. Then I looked at the bikes a little closer. The 560 has some rust spots around the seat post, but is in fine condition. Gosh, the early 80's Treks had that really nice sparkly paint finish. The components don't really impress me much. But I do liked the Mavic MA40 wheel set.

The 1500 is in very good shape. That's a nice bike. I'm not a big fan of aluminum, but this one sure looks good. The sweetest part of the deal is the full shimano 600 ultegra group on it.

I'm sorry for the poor quality pictures. I'll take better later.

Now I have to decide what to do with them. Both are a bit big for me (60 cm). I usually ride 56 - 57 cm. We'll see...









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Old 06-29-11, 11:56 PM
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Killer finds.
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Well done! And despite any reactions from the only steel counts crowd, I remember well the 1990 1500 and it is a righteous bike. I ran my 660 against many of them in the daily afternoon Denver Washington Park Midlife Crisis Criterium. A very nice bombproof Alu bike on par with my much respected 1987 Cannondale Blueberry Criterium.
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cool score it's even more exciting when you know there were a ton of people who wanted it but you managed to get it
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i love these days, they're so awesome when it happens, sometimes you'll go a couple weeks without finding something good, then all of a sudden in one day you end up driving all over the city for 3-4 bikes and coming up with good stuff.

Bike hunting is funny like that, when it rains it pours right?
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Old 06-30-11, 06:23 AM
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Excellent score on two nice bookmarks in the Trek family tree.
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