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Old 07-23-14, 01:17 AM
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Worth upgrading or shop for new

Hello,

I am getting back into to cycling and I have a older Trek 720 hybrid that was given to me when my wives Grandpa died. It's a decent bike and the frame fits me really well (21"), but I absolutely hate the color scheme. It's like a purple, green, black thing. I am considering having the bike media blasted and powdercoated to a color more my style. There is a local company here in KC that does this and approx cost is $150.

Is this bike worth doing that to? Also if I decided to do the tear down and have them refinish it should I upgrade components when I go to putting it back together? It has Gripshifter, Altus, and Alivio set?

I know it's a older bike but I feel it still has plenty of life left, and by making it more mine it might motivate me to get out and ride it more!

Thanks for any feedback!
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Does that $150 include the cost of stripping your old components off and reinstalling them?

Does it function mechanically well?
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I love Trek Hybrids from the 1990's and have 3, but not enough to spend $150 to repaint it. That is about one would be worth in good condition.

You can improve the look with various parts changes. I personally would change the grip shifts to thumb shifters. The Falcon set costs about $12 from velo-orange.com. Before and afters below.




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Old 07-23-14, 06:49 AM
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No I planned on doing the breakdown of the bicycle myself. They have a fee for that.

Oddjob- I like the look of that white one much better than mine!
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$150 is a good sum of money towards a new bike or significant upgrades if you shop on ebay. IMO - $150 for paint is a waste of money.
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Gonna agree with the others ... $150 for paint on an old bike seems rather silly.

I rattle canned my old Trek MTB a few years back. Took it completely apart, sanded the frame, applied flat black paint to it and then put it all back together. I'd considered powdercoating it but it just seemed silly to pay that much for a cosmetic reason.
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I'll go the opposite and ask if the bike has sentimental value to you? If you want the feeling of carrying on the ride on his bike then $150 might be worth it. Heck, people personalize things all the time that exceed the value of the product and it typically never makes any sense other than to the one doing it. But if you don't have sentimental value to the bike, the $150 would be a nice deposit on something better.
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IMHO, salreus has nailed the only reason I would drop $150 on a bike worth anywhere from $150 to $300. If it's not a sentimental thing, what about selling what you have and buying a similar bike in a more appealing?

Trek 720

Now with that said, if money isn't the issue and you want to customize it to your taste...go for it. The bike you like is the bike you'll ride!

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The purple, black green fade is one of my favorites. I would spend the $150 upgrading it.
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There is a large number of people who have painted CARS with thinned and wet sanded Rustoleum paint ?? You thin it really thin and put it on with a roller, multiple coats, then wet sand it. All you would really have in it is TIME, you could just wet sand the frame before applying any paint.

I might try a foam BRUSH on a bike frame instead of a roller, heck you would have $5 in materials and then your time :-).

https://www.rickwrench.com/50dollarpaint.html]Rickwrench, Alfa GTV, Falcon Squire, Corvair[/url]
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Lots of valid points, and do appreciate everyone's opinions. I'm still on the fence myself. If I did decide to try and unload this bike and use money towards a new or newer one what suggestions do you all have? I'm mostly riding on greenway trails and maybe some residential streets. Not looking to do century rides...yet. My price range would probably be around $600-700, and would honestly prefer to buy used.

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Originally Posted by DJayhawk
Lots of valid points, and do appreciate everyone's opinions. I'm still on the fence myself. If I did decide to try and unload this bike and use money towards a new or newer one what suggestions do you all have? I'm mostly riding on greenway trails and maybe some residential streets. Not looking to do century rides...yet. My price range would probably be around $600-700, and would honestly prefer to buy used.

Thanks again!
Tell us a little more. What's your height and weight?

"Not looking to do centuries...yet? You seem to be admitting that the bug has bitten, or you fully expect it to. In your mind, how long until you want to ride that century? Are you open to drop bars or only flats?

I'm sure we can help spend your money!
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
Tell us a little more. What's your height and weight?

"Not looking to do centuries...yet? You seem to be admitting that the bug has bitten, or you fully expect it to. In your mind, how long until you want to ride that century? Are you open to drop bars or only flats?
That's why I rarely, if ever, recommend buying a new hybrid bike ... it's only a matter of time, for the most part, before they're being replaced by a more road oriented bike.

Anywho ... without knowing the OPs height and weight, what I would do is start riding the old Trek. Put some newer, maybe narrower, tires on it, and start riding, while educating yourself on bikes and saving money. The more you ride, the more you'll find out what you like about riding. If you really enjoy riding the Trek on the road, then you lean more toward a road bike, etc.
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I'll disagree with the drift "don't waste the money". A decent steel bike will outlast you if you take care of it, a decent paint job for $150 is not bad investment for something you'll enjoy for decades. Even if it isn't a daily rider you'll enjoy it down the road as a grocery getter. Point of fact, the bike below enjoyed it's 40th birthday a few years ago, it's a regular rider...I would not hesitate to repaint it if it needed a little cosmetic TLC:
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When you are certain riding centuries is your thing, then buy one of these:
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When you are certain riding centuries is your thing, then buy one of these:

DROOOLLLL!!!

Doesn't even matter what model....
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If you plan to keep the bike, maybe do some upgrades then why not....My LBS thought I was nuts to rebuild my 2003 Trek 7300, but I did and still have it for short ride around the hood or when I need to run to the store. I pulled the fork off and put on a rigid, Shimano XT drivetrain, Jagwire cables and housings, Velocity Deep V wheels and XT hubs and finally a new handlebar. All I had them do was replace the fork and face the frame. In the end, it cost me less to upgrade as I found all the parts off Craig's List\Ebay\Bike Forums and did 95% of the work to rebuild it.


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Ok so to answer a couple questions about I'm 38, father of 2 young girls. I currently weigh in at 238 and I'm 6'2. About 12 years ago I was a very avid cyclist and rode several 100 mile rides locally. Currently I'm really just using the bike for excersise and to loose weight. I have owned a few road bikes and would like to get another one down the line if I stick with it.

This Trek I have is a bike that I like, the cromo frame is ok with me. I do not like the shifters, or the saddle, and especially dont like the color. I feel that with some searching for used parts, and upgrading a few things I could make this a really solid comfortable bike that will serve my purposes for many years to come.

Jaxgtr that's a good model for me follow right there. Nice looking upgrades!

So what are some of the upgrades I should look at first? Maybe refinishing the color will come down the line, but I feel upgrading some of the components is a must.
Thanks again for all the responses.
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Saddle is a quick and easy thing to change ... but the difficulty, sometimes, can be finding a saddle that fits you. Avoid the notion that a big cushy seat will feel better, because in the long run it won't. Find a good LBS, have them measure your sit bones, and buy the appropriately wide saddle.

I'd definitely do new tires and tubes (unless you already have). For tires, something narrower than MTB type tires but not skinny narrow. I have a version of these on my commuter and I'm pretty happy with them: Kenda K1067 Kwick Tendril MTB Tire at BikeTiresDirect

I like Oddjob's suggestion above, about swapping to thumbshifters. Those would be heaps better than twistys.

Might also want to consider new grips, and maybe some bar ends to give you some options for hand placement.

Honestly, at your weight, you're a great candidate for a road bike again. I'd get this bike rideable, and agreeable to you in the short term, get your cardio back in order and lose a little weight, and then get an endurance road bike. Just my opinion
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Well a few days have passed since my original post, and the more I've looked around and read various forums, and such. I think I may go for a newer bike, in a style and color that I like. I've really been liking the idea of a cyclocross or touring type bike. I've always preferred the sitting position on a road bike over a mountain bike. I'm not looking for a road race bike, and I'm sure they have some new geometry on frames for a more relaxed road experience. I'm also totally comfortable with the frame being Steel. That being said what suggestions do you guys have?

I've been eyeing some of the Surly models Cross Check, LHT What other companies should I be looking at? How are the Nashbar bikes?
Thanks for all the help!
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