I'm looking for my first road/touring bike after a few years of mountain biking and came across a "new" 2002 Trek 520 at one of the LBSs around here. Apparently I'm the only 30" inseam aspiring tourist in the central Illinois area because this bike has never been out of the store.
A few quick questions I had for the experts:
1. What should I expect to pay for this bike?
They're asking $699 US, but I thought I could work the price down a bit further.
2. What are the strengths/weaknesses of this bike?
Since the bike is eight years old, I figured at least a few of you would have some real world experience on this bike.
3. What should I expect to replace on this bike?
If a bike has sat for as long as this one, I assumed that I'd need new rubber. Other than that, what technology is/was on this bike that I should reasonably expect to replace? Shifters? Chainrings? Derailleurs?
Any assistance you could give would be a big help. I'm sort of flying blind into the touring world, so I could use some sagely advice. Thanks!