Vintage Aluminum Cannondale
I recently picked up a 1984 Cannondale road/touring bike for $80. I'm not really a bike nut, I just want a bike for commuting purposes and the occasional recreational ride. I thought this was a good find, it's in great condition and rides smoothly. I figured if I ended up changing my mind, I could sell it on craigslist without taking a loss. I took it out for a 10 mile ride and loved it. Now I've been reading all this business about aluminum's lifespan, fatigue, and frame failures. All this negativity harshes my mellow and makes me feel as if the bike will spontaneously combust as I ride it on a beautiful fall morning. There aren't any visible cracks on the frame, but it's not as if I inspected it with dye penetrate. I don't intend on jumping over any taxis on the way to work, so I think I might be fine. I'm just not sure.
I feel like the this Steel v. Aluminum argument might be the PC v. Mac argument for bicycle folk. Sure the argument might be grounded in metals engineering, but when I search for aluminum frame failure images on the web I find very little. It seems with all this impending carnage, there would be a lot more photos of incidents. I know if I were a steel fan, I would take a picture of a friend's aluminum bicycle failure.
So…Should I resell and buy something solidly steel or should I keep it because I like it?