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Hi everyone,

Thought I'd post this here, first.

I'm letting go of my favorite bike. It's been wall art since I got it a couple years ago, a pleasure to look at, but never ridden. It needs to go to a good home where it will be ridden, TOURED, like it was designed to. I have another identical frame, yet much worse for the wear, and have been too apprehensive to ride this one. My intention was to hold on to it until the other frame died, but I try to be a good minimalist, and can't justify sitting on a bike I may never need.

If you're thinking about buying a new touring bike, please consider this one. In my opinion, echoed by many others, this is the best era for the Trek 520. Between 1990 through 1993, these True Temper 4130 double butted lugged frames were built in Wisconsin USA.  Tire clearance is ample; at the seat stay bridge, and where the widest part of a tire would sit in the chainstays closest to the bottom bracket, it measures 55mm. The fork also mirrors these numbers. The TIG welded versions, starting in 1994, reduced this clearance.

For winter riding, I've run Nokian w240's, at 40mm wide, with full SKS P50 fenders!

No toe clip overlap.

Trek calls this a 19” frame, and indeed the bottom bracket to top tube, c-t, measures that. However, the top tube measures 55.4cm c-c. I normally ride a 54cm, and this bike is a great fit. Standover 30in. I would consider this a 54cm frame with a lowered top tube for standover clearence, much easier to get into when fully loaded.

The bike is in immaculate condition. It appears as if it were ridden for a month and put in storage. The only blemishes the frame shows is one incident of chain suck, aside from a couple really tiny nicks to the paint, and a small scrape on one of the brake hoods. I can't really get a good picture of them with my cell camera. Barely any wear to the components.

All original, with the following exceptions:

Tires/tubes replaced before I got it, I replaced all cables (stainless), bar tape (brand new), and chain(brand new). I have the original chain, which shows no signs whatsoever of stretching. I repacked the bottom bracket (with Phil's grease) and put on a new Sram PC58 which I had laying around, for the convenience of the quick link.

Everything else is original and in perfect working order.

Parts rundown, briefly:

Shimano Deore DX 7 speed front and rear derailleurs. Half step with granny gearing, (50,45,28). Hyperglide 12-28 cassette. Indexed bar end shifters. Deore DX 170mm cranks. Deore DX 36 hole hubs, 135mm. Rear frame spacing measures 132.5mm, for either road or mountain hubs. Shimano BR-MT62 cantilever brakes. Blackburn rack. MKS AR8 pedals (similar to GR9's). Bottom bracket is 68mm wide, English thread.

Link to 1990 Trek catalog, for detailed specs and geometry:

More pictures here:



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I've been looking for that same frameset for a while, myself!  I have a '75 Supercourse that's my daily rider, and I like it a lot.

James BlackHeron said:

... I had despaired of ever finding a Raleigh Competition/International frame and had pretty much giving up on that. 

The new 520's don't have the same soul.

Thanks Brian!

I now own the bike I have been searching for!

And Howard, it actually fits me perfectly!!

Those are some of the best cantis I've ever used.

WTG Laura!  Everyone should have the bike they are in love with.

Agree with the above. Totally awesome!

Not only that-- she has one of the only bikes every posted for sale on Chainlink that wasn't declared to be overpriced or otherwise undesireable. That's golden.

James BlackHeron said:

WTG Laura!  Everyone should have the bike they are in love with.

I've actually purchased a few bikes (and sold a few) here on The Chainlink that didn't draw any such community derision and just quietly fell down to page 2 and beyond.  It's easier to do on the various community sub-forums where the peanut gallery doesn't get their panties in a bunch.



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