Back in 1990 when I was still in College, I bought my Cannondale. I had been riding a steel SR that had a nasty tendency to wobble at speeds above 40mph so a nice stiff Cannondale seemed just the ticket to cure that problem. They had just come out with the 3.0 series and the Road Race geometry seemed to be the ticket for me.
At first I had planned to just buy a framset and swap over the Shimano parts from my SR, but someone at school wanted the SR and I really wanted a Campy bike anyway.
The SR went and I bought a Black Lightning since that was the cheapest way to get the frameset I wanted. Also, I would be able to ride the bike while I slowly upgraded tthe parts over the next year as I could afford to. For the sum of $519.98 the Cannondale was mine. I talked it down $100 from list since it had a crooked logo, small dent in a seat stay and a couple of small chips in the paint. What Cannondale from this era doesn't have some chips?
Within about a year I had upgraded it to the bike you see here. Chorus drivetrain, Athena brakes, simplex shifters, Campy Yplison rims on DuraAce Hubs, etc. For the next several years, I road the heck out of the bike. Then I graduated, moved, and got into mountain biking, then running, then family. The bike moved with me, but only got ridden a handful of times for 15 years.
This year I decided to get back into bicycling seriously again. I cleaned up the old Cannondale and started riding it. Before long I decided to get a new carbon bike which is a great ride. I still take the Cannondale out a couple of times a month for 40-50 mile rides on the weekend. It's a great time and always brings back memories of my younger days. I am biased, but I think it still looks better than just about any bike I see out on the road.
Other than cables and tires it is exactly like it was in 1994. Even the Avocet Altimeter50 computer still works perfect.