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Old 09-24-11, 07:56 PM   #1
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1986 Cannondale, cable guides and bits, and powder coat. . .

I don't remember which thread, but I could have sworn I saw someone post a cdale he had powder coated (red one, I think), but for anyone that has done this besides making sure that it's low temp cure and plugging all the holes I have one more concern:

There's a few plastic-y bits on the frame like the chain hanger, the pump peg, cable guides, chain stay protector thingy.. . . what do I / we do about those? I guess they're epoxied/jet-welded on or some junk.

Oh, and is there a definitive temperature NOT to exceed on the cure for this type of aluminum?

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Old 09-24-11, 08:12 PM   #2
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PM forum member rccardr if he doesn't see this thread and post. He is the resident expert as he has had many of these 80's 'dales powder coated.
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All of the plastic stuff has to come off: chain hanger (usually destroyed), BB cable guide (remove screw), pump peg (unscrews, use very small open ended wrench). After everything else is off, including the fork and headset, use an awl or similar small diameter tool to press out the pins in the top tube cable guides, then CAREFULLY lift the guides out of the top tube. Shake the frame upside down and all of the guide pegs will eventually shake out. If you are very careful, the guides and pins can be reused.

Questions about actual powder coating temps should be directed to The Man: Len LcCreary at Figure Finishing, LLC in Manassas Park, VA. Absolutely the best.
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Old 09-24-11, 08:33 PM   #4
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All of the plastic stuff has to come off: chain hanger (usually destroyed), BB cable guide (remove screw), pump peg (unscrews, use very small open ended wrench). After everything else is off, including the fork and headset, use an awl or similar small diameter tool to press out the pins in the top tube cable guides, then CAREFULLY lift the guides out of the top tube. Shake the frame upside down and all of the guide pegs will eventually shake out. If you are very careful, the guides and pins can be reused.

Questions about actual powder coating temps should be directed to The Man: Len LcCreary at Figure Finishing, LLC in Manassas Park, VA. Absolutely the best.
Oh yeah. Thanks. After another 40 minutes of searching an reading I found the post/picture I was looking for. One of your bikes, actually.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post12254380
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All of the plastic stuff has to come off: chain hanger (usually destroyed), BB cable guide (remove screw), pump peg (unscrews, use very small open ended wrench). After everything else is off, including the fork and headset, use an awl or similar small diameter tool to press out the pins in the top tube cable guides, then CAREFULLY lift the guides out of the top tube. Shake the frame upside down and all of the guide pegs will eventually shake out. If you are very careful, the guides and pins can be reused.

Questions about actual powder coating temps should be directed to The Man: Len LcCreary at Figure Finishing, LLC in Manassas Park, VA. Absolutely the best.
Could rccardr or someone else please clarify the part about removing the cable guides. Are the pins pushed through into the frame to release the cable guides?
I'm planning on a repaint and all three guides are intact, so I would like to able to remove and reuse them.
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Could rccardr or someone else please clarify the part about removing the cable guides. Are the pins pushed through into the frame to release the cable guides?
I'm planning on a repaint and all three guides are intact, so I would like to able to remove and reuse them.
Push the pins into the top tube.

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It would be nice to find replacement top tube cable guides. I have broken off a pin or two trying to salvage them off a donor frame.
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Any Cannondale dealer can still order them for you. I had mine PCed last summer. I have actually had to order them twice for the same bike.

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Item number A113/ is for a set of three top tube cable guides for our earlier frame. Your local Cannondale Retailer can further assist in getting these for you.

Thank you for contacting Cannondale. Have a nice day.

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I haven't tried to re attach yet. . . maybe I should do that sometime. . .
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Yes, you push them into the top tube. Clearly, only a good method if you are stripping the frame sinced you have to turn it upside down and shake it around to get the pins to come out of the top tube at the headtube.

Good luck ordering them from your Cannondale dealer. Official word is that their supplier had a fire, molds are broken, cost to make new mold is too expensive, no more of them will be sold by Cannondale. Brian at Vintage Cannondale and I tried several routes to have new ones made, have not been successful. Sad.
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The top tube guide pin diameter is .091" in case you need to make replacements out of something.

I used a tab of Gorilla glue, but my bike's not a showpiece.
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Good luck ordering them from your Cannondale dealer. Official word is that their supplier had a fire, molds are broken, cost to make new mold is too expensive, no more of them will be sold by Cannondale. Brian at Vintage Cannondale and I tried several routes to have new ones made, have not been successful. Sad.
Noooooooooooooooooo.

I WAS hoping to salvage the chain hanger. I got one of two pins out there. Meh.

Double meh.
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