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Old 12-11-14, 10:22 PM
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Trek 720

I was at Shirk's Bike Shop this evening and saw they have a 60cm Trek 720 in the used bike area. Looks to be a 82 or 83 I think. Ok shape for $300. Don't know if anyone might be Interested.
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If I was in the area, I might well buy it.

The 720 offers a very comfortable ride, if too flexible for some pedaling efforts. It's truly the Cadillac of "road" bikes, even though it's really a long-wheelbased touring bike.

I'd sure trade my 56cm 720 for a larger one in a heartbeat. Elsewise I will just sell it.
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My friend has one of those he toured with (if I recall the model correctly). Suntour barcons and triple is what caught my eye straight up. Nice bikes.
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If it is nice, I would buy it. i just bought a 720 with the matching Blackburn racks and bottle cages (very little use) for $400.
This came from BF members tipping to the bike on the Indy CL. I considered $400 a decent deal. With any old bike, it will take about $100 + labor to completely go through, replace consumables, repack bearings, and tune.

I have a too tall 520 (501 tubing instead of 531) and am looking for a frame replacement for it, in 24".
There is a gentleman on eBay selling a 520 frame only, stripped of paint, for $250. He would not come to a more reasonable number - I asked.

I would buy the 720 for $300 if the frame was in decent shape. If well used, I could sell or scrap the components and use the frame.
If pristine - then GREAT deal.

Of course, I am old and slow and like flexy...
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Originally Posted by Paul J View Post
I was at Shirk's Bike Shop this evening and saw they have a 60cm Trek 720 in the used bike area. Looks to be a 82 or 83 I think. Ok shape for $300. Don't know if anyone might be Interested.
Was it the one with cantilever brakes, or centerpulls?
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
If I was in the area, I might well buy it.

The 720 offers a very comfortable ride, if too flexible for some pedaling efforts. It's truly the Cadillac of "road" bikes, even though it's really a long-wheelbased touring bike.

I'd sure trade my 56cm 720 for a larger one in a heartbeat. Elsewise I will just sell it.
Got any pics of this bike? I don't know if I've seen it in some other thread.

I'd jump on that bike in a heartbeat if/when you decide to part with it. That's my size.
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If it is nice, I would buy it. i just bought a 720 with the matching Blackburn racks and bottle cages (very little use) for $400.
This came from BF members tipping to the bike on the Indy CL. I considered $400 a decent deal.
That's THE ultimate form of the 720 and it's in great shape and it's dead nutz stock.

You walked into a bike people consider a "grail," that people search for years for. It's much, much better than a "decent" deal.
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That's THE ultimate form of the 720 and it's in great shape and it's dead nutz stock.

You walked into a bike people consider a "grail," that people search for years for. It's much, much better than a "decent" deal.
You are correct and I am super stoked. I just understate enthusiasm sometimes, because I have been chastised by some.

I couldn't be more happy. Thank you. And if it is too large some other BF member will benefit. As you stated it is a Grail bike for some. If it doesn't fit me, it needs to be owned by someone who will ride and take care of it.
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Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
You are correct and I am super stoked. I just understate enthusiasm sometimes, because I have been chastised by some.

I couldn't be more happy. Thank you. And if it is too large some other BF member will benefit. As you stated it is a Grail bike for some. If it doesn't fit me, it needs to be owned by someone who will ride and take care of it.
I'm sorry if I came across as chastising in the opposite direction!
I'm still giddy about finding mine. Like a 12 year old girl meeting Taylor Swift. Perhaps a bit over enthusiastic... and I'm sure there are some that find my over enthusiasm annoying, but I got mine through a series of improbable events that make me appreciate it more and more. I'm OK with that.

For the 4 year run of the 720/728- there were under 8,000 bikes made. Take into account the past 25 years of accidents, thefts and neglect- there wasn't a lot to begin with, and there's not a huge pool left. IMO, finding one is worth getting excited about.

The top of the line tourers are special bikes- bikes like the 720, the Miyata 1000, the Expedition, the Pro Tour, the Voyageur SP (I'll even include the 1985 Trek 620)... they're hiqh quality, practical frames that will still do the job they were designed to do and IMO, look great doing it. The components were the BEST that were available- the perfect mix of "business" and beauty. I think you're seeing more of an appreciation of this style of bike- not just as a "touring" bike, but for the '1972 Cadillac Eldorado' aspect of them. Not especially fast or nimble, but beautiful, styley and comfortable as all get out.
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I'm not planning to buy just saw it and knew people might be interested in the bike. It looks to be mostly original with Canti's had Sugino crank and Huret derailleurs. It was freezing cold upstairs so I didn't spend much time looking at it. :-) Had rear rack but no front rack. 82 was two years before I got to Trek so didn't have as much knowledge as I would with 84-86. In the poor lighting it looked to be pewter and had the seat tube panel with no bottle bosses on the seat tube but on the underside of the down tube. Has the Avocet saddle still. The finish looked good for a 30 year old bike and had a tag which looked like Luke had fully serviced the bike.
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Sounds like an '83. Fully serviced, that is a great price.
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I had a 1982 728 go through my hands as it was 1 size too small. It had 700c wheels that year and no cantilevers. I should have ridden it anyway. The brake calipers were elegant IMO. I would call the ride very plush.



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The brake calipers were elegant IMO.

That satin-y finish on the Gran Compe stuff is so hard to capture in pictures. Although it doesn't really show- your pic gives a good idea of that.
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Wish it was a smaller frame size. FYI there is a 53cm burgunday 720, the bike that I really desire, on Fleabay currently for, sit down now,, $2400. No joke.
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I can't wait to get back to the States to go visit Shirks again.
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I'm not planning to buy just saw it and knew people might be interested in the bike. It looks to be mostly original with Canti's had Sugino crank and Huret derailleurs. It was freezing cold upstairs so I didn't spend much time looking at it. :-) Had rear rack but no front rack. 82 was two years before I got to Trek so didn't have as much knowledge as I would with 84-86. In the poor lighting it looked to be pewter and had the seat tube panel with no bottle bosses on the seat tube but on the underside of the down tube. Has the Avocet saddle still. The finish looked good for a 30 year old bike and had a tag which looked like Luke had fully serviced the bike.
It was 24", correct. Could you buy it and hold it for me?
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Wish it was a smaller frame size. FYI there is a 53cm burgunday 720, the bike that I really desire, on Fleabay currently for, sit down now,, $2400. No joke.
That one is in spectacular shape- but... it's worth what people would pay for it- and I don't think anyone would pay that much.

I wouldn't let mine go for less than that.


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That one is in spectacular shape- but... it's worth what people would pay for it- and I don't think anyone would pay that much.

I wouldn't let mine go for less than that.


Wow, with Phil hubs no less. Those WERE the great days of touring bikes, especially shopping for one at the time that non-SIS-equipped models like mine were going out the door mid-winter for half-price.
I have long wished that I better understood all of the subtleties of frame sizing, since these bikes have shallow 72-degree angles and I bought one on the smaller side since the sizing increments were rather large. I actually ride better on my too-big Nishiki since I can get as fully-forward as I like on that one.
During the 1st 2/3 of the last decade, many of this vintage of tourers flooded into our thrift shops, many un-ridden. They found few buyers and I bought quite a few of them, settling on a Miyata Six Ten for it's ruggedness and $24 price since I do extensive mtb-type riding on them. I also have to regret selling my Centurion Pro-Tour at a time that touring bikes went largely unappreciated here on Craigslist.
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It was 24", correct. Could you buy it and hold it for me?
Jjjames you could probably call Luke and he would arrange something for you. You could call him and he would probably hold it or take something down. The number I'd 717-445-5731. He is plain Mennonite so doesn't have a website etc. but has a great shop.
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Wish it was a smaller frame size. FYI there is a 53cm burgunday 720, the bike that I really desire, on Fleabay currently for, sit down now,, $2400. No joke.
Asking prices on feebay are meaningless. Now if it sells, that would be a shocker for sure.
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Thanks - I will give him a call on today or tomorrow - down with the flu.
Thank you.

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