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Old 08-18-09, 11:39 PM   #1
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my new bike!~

hey everyone new to the forum and cycling so thought id post in this forum first seeings how i have only own bikes older than 20 years old. =D

heres the first bike i bought, 1970's nishiki
after my 3rd ride this is what happenend =(

then i got my early 80's Schwinn approved Le Tour

rode that for acouple months, but my commute is around 25 miles round trip with some pretty steep hills so i wanted to get a lighter bike. Then i got this 1988 Cannondale Black Lightning and i absolutely love it


tell me what ya think
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Old 08-18-09, 11:43 PM   #2
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hate the frame bolted shifters, but man black lightning is a badass name....sounds like a bike samuel l. jackson would ride
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Old 08-18-09, 11:55 PM   #3
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yea its kindof a pain sometimes, well most.... all of the time
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Old 08-19-09, 12:00 AM   #4
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Wow, talk about an upgrade. You will get used to the downtube shifters eventually with a commute like yours.

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The Cannondale Black Lightning needs it's original derailleurs.
The bike came from the factory with special black and gold anodized Superbe Pro RDs and gold FD.
My brother still has the Black Lightning he bought new in the 80's and he loves the bike to this day. Only thing he was dissapointed in was the Dupont paint finish that chipped real easy. Otherwise he said that it's a nice stiff and light bike that climbs real good!
Maybe the original owner still have these derailleurs that you can buy from him??

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Old 08-19-09, 05:52 AM   #6
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The Cannondale Black Lightning needs it's original derailleurs.
The bike came from the factory with special black and gold anodized Superbe Pro RDs and gold FD.
My brother still has the Black Lightning he bought new in the 80's and he loves the bike to this day. Only thing he was dissapointed in was the Dupont paint finish that chipped real easy. Otherwise he said that it's a nice stiff and light bike that climbs real good!
Maybe the original owner still have these derailleurs that you can buy from him??

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Incorrect.
That is an all original, 1989 or 1990 Cannondale SR500, Black Lightning. It came with Suntour Edge components those years.
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Old 08-19-09, 06:17 AM   #7
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I dig the Black Lightning.
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yea the first time i saw it i fell in love... i havnt named her yet but its going to be like laquisha or shanaynay or something
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yea the first time i saw it i fell in love... i havnt named her yet but its going to be like laquisha or shanaynay or something
WTF is that supposed to mean
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+ The only negative I see with Cannondales is the paint. I have three this year, all in great condition, except the paint chips really easy. Fortunately, black is a great color for touch up. Hopefully, by 1990 they got the paint right.
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heres the first bike i bought, 1970's nishiki
after my 3rd ride this is what happenend =(
Jeez, where did you ride that day? Grand Canyon??
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The lug gave way. That kinda bothers me now since most my bikes are lugged. I really don't want that hapening. thats only happened once but because I cut a department store bike up so as soon as someone sat on it. it would shatter... lol but it was recycled I used it as bike art
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The lug gave way. That kinda bothers me now since most my bikes are lugged. I really don't want that hapening. thats only happened once but because I cut a department store bike up so as soon as someone sat on it. it would shatter... lol but it was recycled I used it as bike art
The exact same thing happened to my 1974 Raleigh Record. Fortunately for me, I had sold it a month earlier!
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looks like the lug is intact and the tube broke at the join area. I miss my cannondale! "Cannondale Dave" is what they called me...sold it long ago
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there was a Black Lightening on ebay a few weeks ago 1000+ it looked as though it had been abandoned in a storage locker
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Incorrect.
That is an all original, 1989 or 1990 Cannondale SR500, Black Lightning. It came with Suntour Edge components those years.
Nice bike.
Last pic clearly show "Black Lightning" decal on the chainstay...soooo....your're saying that this is a "fake" Black lightning???

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Last pic clearly show "Black Lightning" decal on the chainstay...soooo....your're saying that this is a "fake" Black lightning???
Clearly any black lightning with superbe pro components is the "fake" one.
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Clearly any black lightning with superbe pro components is the "fake" one.
Cleared it up with my younger brother this afternoon, The gold and black Suntour Superbe Pro derailleurs did come standard on the Black Lightning framset package he bought. I thought he bought a complete bike but now I do remember picking up the frameset with him from "Patio Bike Shop" south of Milwaukee back in the 80's. I guess Cannondale included the fancy Suntour derailleurs on the Black Lightning framesets to make them more desirable while the complete bikes had more "regular" derailleurs.
Here's the actual derailleur which I am giving back to my brother because I just convinced him to restore his Black lightning back to riding condition.


He still has the black and gold FD mounted on his bike.

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My brother still has the Black Lightning he bought new in the 80's and he loves the bike to this day. Only thing he was dissapointed in was the Dupont paint finish that chipped real easy. Otherwise he said that it's a nice stiff and light bike that climbs real good!
Just keep an eye on those cantilevered dropouts; more than a few of those have failed.
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The lug gave way. That kinda bothers me now since most my bikes are lugged. I really don't want that hapening. thats only happened once but because I cut a department store bike up so as soon as someone sat on it. it would shatter... lol but it was recycled I used it as bike art
Sure does not look like the lug gave way. Lug is still fully intact. Looks to me like the bike was damaged, and the downtube failed. Regardless, it is toast now.
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Clearly any black lightning with superbe pro components is the "fake" one.
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