[CR]Rare vintage Trek

Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 06:18:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Tom Dalton <tom_s_dalton@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Rare vintage Trek

Joe wrote:

"The 400 and 500 series weren't bad bikes for the guy who just wanted a good set of wheels without spending a bundle. It's a far cry above a low end Shimano equipped bike from that era."

Yes, nicer than a low-end bike, Shimano-equipped or otherwise, but if you compare that Triomphe stuff to comparably priced Suntour and Shimano stuff of the same vintage, the Campy is really pathetic. Unlike now, I was a Campy purist in 1985, and even I wouldn't have chosen Campy Triomphe or Victory over comparably priced Japanese stuff.

"It looks to me that this guy is some sort of general antiques or collectables dealer, and probably knows very little about bikes, and is using some "used car salesman" hype to make a sale. It also may very well look like a high end bike to him, especially if the last one he happened across was a department store special."

Here's my problem with this guy's approach: He implies that he knows what he's talking about, where he apparently does not, or if he does, he's knowingly overstating the quality of the bike.

I sent him a note, via Ebay, telling him the bike is circa 1984. He was polite and thanked me and took the extra effort to refer to the bike as "this beauty." I felt like writing him back to say that he should either get a clue, or stop blowing smoke. What a clown.

Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA

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