Gallery - 1987 Trek 560 Pro - Gerry Gardetto
Gerry writes: "The bike is a Trek Model 560 Pro
Series with the Red to Orange fade paint job. It is a 21" frame.
I purchased it from a little bike shop, no longer in business, called
Bike Specialists. They were located in Niles, Michigan just across the
border from South Bend, Indiana, which is where I live."
"I purchased the bike in 1987. The
list price they were asking was $569.00. With a little dickering I got
the price down to $499.00 for the bike. He also gave me the two water
bottle cages and water bottles. I purchased the little frame pump from
him for $19.95. That brought the price to $518.95 + tax of $20.76 for
a grand total of $539.71."
"Oddly enough, they didn't write the
date on the receipt, but if memory serves me correctly, I think that
was because at that time I couldn't afford to pay the whole thing at
once. I remember paying a deposit to hold the bike. My wife, realizing
how much the bike meant to me, surprised me by driving me to the bike
shop, not telling me she was taking me there, of course, and helped
to pay the remaining balance on the bike so that I could have it in
time for my brother-in-law's bike ride. He hosts his own rides in Jackson,
Michigan of roughly 25 and 50 miles."
"The bike has been mostly to Michigan,
with some trips within Indiana where I live. Some specific places in
Michigan include Jackson, Traverse City, Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Island,
Three Oaks, and Edwardsburg. The rides have included the Sommerfield
Spectacular Sprint (my brother-in-law's ride), Turning Leaves Century,
AppleCider Century, Cereal City Century, and the Blossomtime Century.
My wife and I have also ridden with the American Lung Association century
"Currently, I am the cycling merit
badge counselor for Boy Scout Troop 451 in South Bend. I have 8 scouts
who are earning this merit badge. They are required to do 2 rides @
10 miles, 2 rides @ 15 miles, 2 rides @ 25 miles, and a final ride of
50 miles in less than 8 hours. Some of the boys have never done rides
of any significant distance. It has really excited me to see these boys,
some of them are admitted couch potatoes, getting out and doing this.
So far we have done the 10 mile rides, the 15 mile rides, and 1 - 25
mile ride. They have one more 25 mile ride and then the 50. All the
boys have remained in the program. I guess that means they have taken
to the spirit of cycling. They all have mountain bikes. So they were
a little surprised to see my road bike. Many of them thought the bike
was new. They didn't realize that the bike is basically 18 years old.
That made me feel great."
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