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Old 02-01-17, 01:29 AM
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Trek Touring Bike

Is the Trek Touring bike a good bike to buy? I have no knowledge with bikes or biking but I really want to get into it... a guy said he would sell me it for $60 should I go for it? Or is there any bikes you can recommend?
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Without knowing anything else, it is a good buy IF...
-it is a size that fits you well.
-It is in good working order. (At this price, don't worry about cosmetic scratches at all).

Even if the bike is 30 yrs old, if unless it has MAJOR problems, $60 is a great price, and it is likely better than a new $150-200 Walmart bike.
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Welcome to BF. Post some photos so we know what it is you are looking at. Some people throw the term "touring" bike around because they know it's not a racing bike. You say you have no knowledge of bikes. Sellers can be the same way. If the bike needs any mechanical work, and you pay someone to do it, or replacement parts you can be upside down on the value. If it's an early '80's Trek 720 then grab it. If it's something like this photo, maybe not.

There are several thousand pages here that will answer the question: "is there any bikes you can recommend"?
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A. There is a Touring forum


B. If this thread gets moved there (as it should), members are going to ask you things like the model and year. Trek has made various models of touring bikes over the decades and continues to. You post is too short on details to allow people to provide meaningful responses.
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Moved from Road to Touring.
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If this truly is a Trek touring bike and it is in any kind of decent shape, then $60 is likely a steal of a price.
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Trek 820?

Originally Posted by tmh657
Welcome to BF. Post some photos so we know what it is you are looking at. Some people throw the term "touring" bike around because they know it's not a racing bike. You say you have no knowledge of bikes. Sellers can be the same way. If the bike needs any mechanical work, and you pay someone to do it, or replacement parts you can be upside down on the value. If it's an early '80's Trek 720 then grab it. If it's something like this photo, maybe not.

There are several thousand pages here that will answer the question: "is there any bikes you can recommend"?
Can I ask why down on the 820? Genuinely curious. I have a Trek 800 MTB I use for Touring. I'd love to know if there are some issues that I should be aware of.

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Originally Posted by HobbesOnTour
Can I ask why down on the 820? Genuinely curious. I have a Trek 800 MTB I use for Touring. I'd love to know if there are some issues that I should be aware of.

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Paying 60 dollars for an 820 that needs a couple of hundred more in parts and labor leaves you with a bike you paid more for than its generally worth. On the other hand, if an 820 is in good or even just decent shape, and fits you well, its a deal. My first long tour was on a trek 820, and its a good platform for a tourer.

To the OP, You need to tell us more than "trek touring bike". What model, about how old, and a picture. No one can give any kind of answer based on the info in your first question.

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Did the seller tell you that it is a "touring" bike, or do you think that it is a "touring" bike? You can tour on any bike, but if you're asking for specific info on the Trek you need to give us more info or, better yet, photos. As others have stated already, if it is really a bike Trek built and sold as a touring model, $60 is dirt cheap.
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Originally Posted by shipwreck
Paying 60 dollars for an 820 that needs a couple of hundred more in parts and labor leaves you with a bike you paid more for than its generally worth. On the other hand, if an 820 is in good or even just decent shape, and fits you well, its a deal. My first long tour was on a trek 820, and its a good platform for a tourer.

To the OP, You need to tell us more than "trek touring bike". What model, about how old, and a picture. No one can give any kind of answer based on the info in your first question.

Fair enough!

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Welcome to the forum.
Originally Posted by josefredoh
Is the Trek Touring bike a good bike to buy? I have no knowledge with bikes or biking but I really want to get into it... a guy said he would sell me it for $60 should I go for it? Or is there any bikes you can recommend?
I'm looking at it this way.
A $60 bike that fit's you and works well, gets you into cycling.

Then filter what you develop a taste for, and scope out your next bike.
Hope this helps, enjoy yourself.



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Originally Posted by josefredoh
Is the Trek Touring bike a good bike to buy? I have no knowledge with bikes or biking but I really want to get into it... a guy said he would sell me it for $60 should I go for it?
That is a fair price for a Trek 920, I would probably buy it.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
That is a fair price for a Trek 920, I would probably buy it.
Isn't it summer down there?

Might I suggest a bike ride today.
(joke)



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