My title may sound silly and it was semi-intentional, but it's an honest question. I've been on the hunt for a nice, lugged steel touring bike, but am unwilling to pay $500 for one. I've hunted the classifieds here for a little while and it seems that once a bike is labeled "touring," you can safely tack on another $200+. Here in the Bay Area, this is a real sellers market. I'm so jealous of the threads stating "look what I found for $10 at a thrift shop..." - I've never been so lucky.
Anyhow, what I'm going to see today is a Cannondale Touring bike. It has no model number, so I assume it's before the ST400, ST600, etc. Here's the posting - http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/1613322512.html
The seller says it's in mint condition and I love the 18 speed setup with the bar-end shifters. This is exactly what I've been looking for except for one thing, the aluminum frame. My normal road bike is a Cannondale CAAD9 and while I love it, it's as stiff as anything out there. Will the stretched-out geometry of this touring bike be any less stiff of a ride? It's not a deal breaker; I'm young and I can take it, but I want to own this bike for a long, long time.
Lastly, do the frames on these last a long time? Cannondale says lifetime warranty and while I'd never be able to "use" that as I'm not the original owner, it's a breath of fresh air to see a manufacturer back their products like that. Can anyone comment on the Deore components? Deore what? Were the first Deore components simply called Deore?
Thanks so much and I'm sorry to throw a handful of convoluted questions out there. I haven't found much info on these Cannondales without a model/name.