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Old 03-18-11, 06:59 PM
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Fair Price on a Trek 520?

I'm looking to upgrade my old 80's Cannondale ST400 to a more touring worthy Trek 520. I found this Trek on Craigslist going for $400. It's a 2002 model and appears to be in good shape. Is $400 a fair price for a bike of this nature? I know that they sell new for about $1300-1400.

Here is the link https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/bik/2272552815.html

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Old 03-18-11, 07:25 PM
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It's a 2002 model and appears to be in good shape. Is $400 a fair price for a bike of this nature?

In good shape, as you said, and it fits, YES!

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Old 03-19-11, 12:08 AM
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I saw that one too - looks to be in great shape and I believe the year is accurate based on the dark green color. If it is your size I would not waste time - that is a very good price if it's in good shape.

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Old 03-19-11, 06:25 AM
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General rule of thumb when it comes to pricing is 50% of new. New 520s list for about $1300, can be bought for between $1000 and $1100. So, 4 bills for a used one in decent condition is a good price.

As important as price is fit. Make sure it is the right size. 520s, until a few years ago, were sized in inches not CM. I think they started at 19 inches and went to 25 inches in two inch increments. Easy enough to do the math conversion to see how well the bike you are looking at compares with the sizes you know will work.
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Old 03-19-11, 07:00 AM
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Yes, good price. I ride the 17" (=49cm) 520, I had a 2001 and a 2006, they are the same. I'm 5'2" and put a very short stem on it.
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Old 03-21-11, 02:19 AM
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I ended up purchasing it, and for only $360! I had her meet me at a bike shop to get an assessment and discovered it needed a little work done (which I had expected anyway) and she let the price slip a little. It'll cost me between $130 and $160 to get it up to snuff, but with rack, fenders, and biking computer included, it was a total steal!
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Old 03-22-11, 07:19 AM
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Grab it. It's a popular and good touring bike.
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Old 03-22-11, 09:22 AM
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Prices in Bike City Portland are higher on bikes , than Peoria.. even used ones , apparently ..
Condition Is remaining to be seen .
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Nicely done!!!!!

You got a great bike!!!!!
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Old 03-23-11, 03:29 PM
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Some pics for ya.

I think it's purty and just my size! I haven't bothered with the fenders yet, but they WERE included. After a little TLC, it rides like a dream and I'm more than happy with it. Makes my old Cannondale feel like a pile of junk. It really is night and day.



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Great deal for you! Looks to be in good condition.
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Yep, it's a purty bike! Nice looking bike at a good price. Congrats Dyerseve726!
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Nice!

I also just scored a sweet touring bike on Portland Craigslist: a 1998 Trek 520 for $275! It's in great condition, just need to find a rear rack.

I've been biding my time since my trusty Panasonic was stolen last year, and the wait has finally paid off! Can't wait for a chance to give it a real test.
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I have a 2002 Trek 520 which I've ridden extensively (47,000 miles in USA and Europe) since I bought it new in Portland. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine.
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Old 03-25-11, 10:38 AM
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Any of you fellow Portlanders making a trip to the coast this summer? It will be my first long haul and some tips or maybe a partner for the trip would be much appreciated.
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Nice bike, looks new!
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Originally Posted by Dyerseve726 View Post
Any of you fellow Portlanders making a trip to the coast this summer? It will be my first long haul and some tips or maybe a partner for the trip would be much appreciated.
I'm a student, and I believe I may (?) be trying to bike home (MN) come summer. Otherwise, I'd be down to ride to the coast! I was going to try and go to the coast over spring break (which is just winding down now), but I had a qualifying exam I needed to stay behind and study for

Oh, also, here's a pic of the 520 I picked up off craigslist:

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Old 03-30-11, 11:22 AM
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i got a 1999 model with lots of touring miles on it i still ride it and like it. I find it is easy to work on and overhaul after each long tour. you got a good deal on a nice bike
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Old 03-30-11, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Dyerseve726 View Post
I'm looking to upgrade my old 80's Cannondale ST400 to a more touring worthy Trek 520. I found this Trek on Craigslist going for $400. It's a 2002 model and appears to be in good shape. Is $400 a fair price for a bike of this nature? I know that they sell new for about $1300-1400.

Here is the link https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/bik/2272552815.html

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Old 80's ST400 , my old ST400 has lots of miles left I plan on using this year for a couple of tours I'm doing. Here's a picture of my old ST400 [IMG][/IMG]

Thats a very good price on your Trek 520, you'll enjoy the ride. I sold a late 80's 520 for 325 a couple of years ago. I believe I still have another 520 frame sitting around someplace that I plan on having built up one of these years. Its too small for me but the grandkids are growing.
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Old 04-04-11, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by lubers View Post
Old 80's ST400 , my old ST400 has lots of miles left I plan on using this year for a couple of tours I'm doing.
Mine was an '88 as well and needed a lot of work, not to mention that I live in Oregon and much appreciate having a triple chainring. I did like it, but it's a stiff ride and not really what I'm after for long trips. Also down tube shifters can be treacherous, going downhill with a heavy load, haha.
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