An Old Stand By: 1988 Trek 520

Since 1983, the Trek 520 has been the go to bicycle for long distance cycling. Similar to the 720 produced until 86′ it has the relaxed touring geometry but with a shortened wheelbase. The 88′ model was a melting pot of American, British and Japanese tubing brazed together in Waterloo, Wisconsin and featured Shimano’s early Deore index shifting and quirky Biopace chainrings.

Drive side of 88' Trek 520

Drive side of 88′ Trek 520

Front end of the 88' Trek 520

Front end of the 88′ Trek 520

In very good condition, this 520 wears the original racks and front reflector. You’ll also be purchasing a bicycle with 27×1 and 1/4 wheels. Upgrading to a 700c is suggested for more tire options.

Drivetrain of the 88 Trek 520

Drivetrain of the 88 Trek 520

The drivetrain looks to be in good condition and sports the appropriate half step gearing.

If you’re looking for touring advice or inspiration, check out Crazy Guy On A Bike where you can read about many adventure on a 520. Buy it now for $685.

British Steel: 1987 Raleigh Randonneur

Fully restored with all the accessories and trimmings needed, this 1987 Raleigh Randonneur is ready to ride. Raleigh’s top touring bike in 1987, this bike is in the same league as the Specialized Expedition and Centurion Pro Tour we’ve listed before but with more aggressive geometry for speed.

The seller has obviously spent a lot of time and money restoring this machine. It’s not all original but much of it is period correct except for the derailleurs and shifters. The NOS Iscaselle brown suede leather saddle is a welcomed change to the usual Brooks seen on these machines and will require less maintenance.

Here’s a page from the 1987 Raleigh Catalog.

1987 Raleigh Randonneur catalog page

1987 Raleigh Randonneur catalog page

The obligatory garage door shot.

Raleigh Randonneur with a full load.

Raleigh Randonneur with a full load.

Raleigh Randonneur reproduction stickers

Raleigh Randonneur reproduction stickers

Modern index shift Shimano derailleurs

Modern index shift Shimano derailleurs

New-Old-Stock Iscaselle (Made in Italy) Saddle

New-Old-Stock Iscaselle (Made in Italy) Saddle

Cue sheet holder

Cue sheet holder

You even get the cue sheet holder with the purchase of the bike!

The Raleigh Randonneur shown with everything included.

The Raleigh Randonneur shown with everything included.

This is a stunning well sorted bicycle, easily worth the asking price of $1500. It’s located in Pennsylvania and listed on Ebay.

Spindle-shanked 1986 Schwinn Cimarron

This tall, gangly Cimarron is an early top of the line mountain bike offered from 85′ to 89′. This is a second year model that looks to be well used. The Gumwalls garage just happens to have a first year model (85′) that’s been modified for commuting and we find it works well on and off road. The frame is unique in that the head tube is fillet brazed while the seat cluster and bottom bracket are lugged. We’re not sure why they did this, most likely to separate themselves from other manufacturers. This year sports the “Deer Head” Shimano group that shifts great but we found the pulley wheels on the rear derailleur need frequent greasing under daily commuting activity. It also has the infamous Biopace chain rings and awkward looking Nitto stem. We think the price is a bit much for the condition. Buy it at the Museum of Mountain Bikes for $595.

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