It all began back in the Fall of 2002. I'd lived in NH for a year and had decided to reenter the world of bicycling. I assumed because I was in my mid 40s, overweight, and not very fit, I needed a more upright riding experience. My 1980 Schwinn Traveler 10 speed would no longer work for an OFG.
So through the Fall and Winter I visited lots of LBSs and settled on "Comfort Bikes." I narrowed my choice to three models and called my nephew who wrenched his way through college at a LBS, and asked for his opinion. He said, "I'd buy the Cannondale." So in the Spring of 2003 I did.
Then the vintage Schwinn bug bit, and hard, but that's another story.
Flash forward 6 years to the winter of 2009. Old Fat Guy and Big Boss Man, among others, are showing off their beautiful rides, equipped mainly with modern Campagnolo Ergo Powered 10 speed cassettes, and the modern bug bites. I'm the only bidder on a new 2001 CAAD 4 frameset. Spend time talking to BBM on the phone and end up building this:
Well, I thought I was over my C-Dale phase, when low and behold, 4 weeks ago, a 1993 R600 2.8 is listed on CL-NH. It's a criterion ready race bike, with Shimano 105 gear and SRAM CX barend shifters. All it needs is a cleaning, new headset, tires and bar tape. It turns out to be about a 9.5 out of 10. From 6 feet it looks factory fresh. Two nights ago I finished it. Rain has kept me from taking pictures. This is the seller's photo:
So I think I'm done. I have all the Cannondales I need. Hah! Wrong! Am I the fool or what!?! I should stay off CL. Bad PB!
Since I head to VT on Tuesdays, I check their CL, and low and behold listed the middle of last week is a "20 year old Cannondale Touring Bike." Against my better judgment I send an email and the seller texts me a very poor photo. But he's willing to drive 30 miles from his house to meet me.
Well, it came home tonight and now I need to stop! Especially since it is a vintage C-Dale. Turns out it is a 1988 ST400, is 100% original except the brand new Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard Tires, and bar tape. It even has the front and rear racks for full sized panniers. Needs a good cleaning and the PB treatment to the paint, but should end up as a 7 out of 10, at least. Here's the grainy cell phone picture he sent me.
Get behind me C-Dale! Confession over. Mrs. PB might have a fit when she gets home from her business trip.