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Old 11-09-11, 03:22 PM   #26
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I don't have a pic of his bike but here's a pic of the RD when I still had it last year.

He traded it for my Cyclone MkII RD in the 80's because he liked it better for some reason and I kept it for like 20 years, mostly unused and close to mint condition. I handed it back to him last year so he can restore his Black Lightning back to original

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Old 11-09-11, 03:23 PM   #27
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Man, just when I thought I was done with my bike acquisitions for a while you show this off. I love it! what size is it? 22"?
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Looks to be in great shape! Nice catch.
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Great find. I passed one up about a year ago on CL when I didn't know what the bike was!! It was listed for $150
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That bike is murder!! Looks like a fun, aggressive ride.
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Man, just when I thought I was done with my bike acquisitions for a while you show this off. I love it! what size is it? 22"?
Seller claimed 58 and that's about right. 22"-23", I don't know where Cannondale measured to, top of the seat tube extension?

In the end the size is "big enough"

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Looks to be in great shape! Nice catch.
Thanks, it is...I only wish the original saddle had been there...oh well, another eBay saved search!

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Great find. I passed one up about a year ago on CL when I didn't know what the bike was!! It was listed for $150
Yes, ...I paid more than that

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That bike is murder!! Looks like a fun, aggressive ride.
I'm hoping so...The toe clips are way too small for me so I'm hoping to get it home tonight, throw on a pair of platform pedals, get the saddle and bars in a better place, and give her a test ride.

I'll also post pics again when I get it fit for me, slightly cleaned, and a different saddle on it, probably an Avocet Criterium I I picked up recently. Gel saddles just don't do it
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Now I want to build an all blacked out bike. That's a beauty. Love the gold accents.
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Old 11-09-11, 04:12 PM   #33
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I have the original saddle on mine and it is "solid" for sure. Perhaps one to many prior owners on it. I will probably replace the seat since I plan on using it for longer rides and so far it is not conforming to a more comfortable fit. Shorter rides don't seem to be too much of a problem. Just something to consider.
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Old 11-09-11, 05:19 PM   #34
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Saw it when you posted it in another thread.
As Wesley Snipes said, "Always bet on Black!"

Looks flawless. Tough to hide with the black out finish. I passed on a cheaper later model Lightning down here. I wanted one, but seller kept upping the price due to responses. And it wasn't this more desirable version. Also just got a vintage Cannondale and I'm looking forward to how it rides as well.
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Got her in the office and got the cockpit into a little more sane position. Looking it over more closely:

- Little inner chainring rub on the DS stay.
- Little chipping under the BB shell.
- Indexing was off and had to move the FD up on the brazeon.
- Going to have to pull the chain and freewheel, PO oiled them.
- The black bottle cages are Paramount cages, anyone need some?
- The black anodized seatpost looks fine, I was worried it might be scratched.
- Bar tape has to go, I dislike cork.

If I redo the bar tape what does everyone think about gold brake housing? Anyone make it in a metallic gold? Hmmm...

Size is dead nuts 23" center of crank to top of top tube, without the seatpost clamp "extension", absolutely the perfect size for me. Tee hee!

Anyway, pic:

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Here's mine Keith, lacking many original components. Ride is much nicer than advertised. It's also an 87 with cromo fork.


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Old 11-09-11, 09:19 PM   #37
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If I redo the bar tape what does everyone think about gold brake housing?

Anyone make it in a metallic gold? Hmmm...
Jagwire Racer, gold "braided." Black Ciussi cages with the gold buttons. Gold chain ring bolts. Everything else black.
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That will be a museum piece one day Keith. THE most desirable 'dale ever IMO.

Meanwhile, enjoy the ride (It's actually pretty decent, and still allows for incredible power transfer - but don't tell anyone: It's a 'dale owner's dirty secret!)
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You going to go with black cloth for the wrap?
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You going to go with black cloth for the wrap?
Nah, my usual non-cloth, Bike Ribbon Padded Bar Tape (formerly Bike Ribbon Professional).

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Got her in the office and got the cockpit into a little more sane position.
If I redo the bar tape what does everyone think about gold brake housing? Anyone make it in a metallic gold? Hmmm...

Size is dead nuts 23" center of crank to top of top tube, without the seatpost clamp "extension", absolutely the perfect size for me. Tee hee!

Anyway, pic:

Keith, it would be interesting to compare the geometry on my black '88 ST400. Mine will soon receive a makeover I never got to this riding season. I have mostly all black bits to make it into a "Stealth" touring bike. Black Paul Racer centerpuls, black Tektro levers, black Cannondale triple crankset, Suntour RD and FD with black high lights, black stem, and black bars. The panniers and handlebar bag are red, however to match the decal.

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...snip....Thanks...one of the Fujis I've wanted to find is the 88-90 black Ace. Love the blacked out look, this will suffice ......
I have a '90 Ace. I remember drooling over the Black Lightnings in the LBS back in college. They were sooo badass. When I bought my Ace last year, I thought of it as a poor man's Back Lightning -esp since it had a bunch of very low end bits on it (hollow steel seat post with a crap-tacularly uncomfortable saddle, very low end brakes etc.). But the frame is pretty nice (Ishiwata Feather Si35 Triple Butted) with very nice paint (triple coats of clear coat on top of the decals). I put a modern alloy post, Arione saddle, fenders, a bell, on. I just built up some nicer wheels (new 105 hubs, Open Sports, DT spokes), and have a set of Miche brakes waiting for some new levers (probably Tektro R200a or maybe Sram S500?). I am debating keeping all black cables or going with some kind of visible brade... Anyway, it makes a great commuter/kiddie hauler. Love it.



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This thing is beyond beautiful.
  • Pulled the FD/RD/chain, cleaned completely. Cleaned the freewheel of all the oil the PO put on it. Cleaned the rear wheel, was oil spattered all over
  • Found a GREAT paint match for the darkish gray of the Sprint RD, was able to cover the one area of rash nicely. Testors Model Master Gunmetal.
  • Touched up the frame, the few places that needed it, really good match with Duplicolor Metallic Black for Toyota.
  • Touched up the crankset...being black of course there was some rub and such. Typical method is to completely clean the crank, apply ScratchX 2.0, buff. Thin Testors Gloss Black really thin, makes it flow a lot better and not glop. After the paint dries, NuFinish car polish. The crank now shines like new. You have to be about a foot away to see the touchups.
  • Went over the frame with NuFinish car polish after cleaning.

Left to do:
  • Saddle.
  • Rewrap bars with Bike Ribbon Professional.
  • Get Shimano SPD-SL PD-R540 pedals in black, I'll ride this one clipless.
  • Get new black Sugino dust caps...the existing ones were VERY stuck and being plastic deformed.

Here it is as it sits now...

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Keith your Lightning is just gorgeous and is the best looking Cannondale ever made IMHO. I am not sure on how much gold I would want to put on there but chainring bolts would be nice looking in gold compared to silver ( in fact any hardware done in gold would look awesome on that bike ).

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If you're still considering gold housing you should check out the Centurion Turbo Robbie redid just posted in the Centurion thread. That gold Jagwire housing might be what you're looking for.

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An 87/88 Black Lighting is one of my near-grail bikes.

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khatfull, I myself wouldn't use gold cable housings as that will also accent the black cable guides in a negative way, IMHO. A set of black Elite bottle cages with gold buttons would be as far as I'd go.

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Fantastic looking bike. Can't wait to hear how it rides.
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khatfull, I myself wouldn't use gold cable housings as that will also accent the black cable guides in a negative way, IMHO. A set of black Elite bottle cages with gold buttons would be as far as I'd go. Brad
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If you're still considering gold housing you should check out the Centurion Turbo Robbie redid just posted in the Centurion thread. That gold Jagwire housing might be what you're looking for.
Brad has a good point. I was leaning away from the gold housings, Brad's pointing out the cable guides seals it, stealth she stays! Robbie had already sent me pics of the Turbo...man, that's one hot looking bike too. Absolutely perfect.

You bottle cage suggestion is a good one too Brad. It came with two alloy Paramount branded cages, they seem "unfitting" on this

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Keith your Lightning is just gorgeous and is the best looking Cannondale ever made IMHO. I am not sure on how much gold I would want to put on there but chainring bolts would be nice looking in gold compared to silver ( in fact any hardware done in gold would look awesome on that bike ). Glenn
Good idea about the chainring bolts. Chain is going to be a problem though. I need to find out how a modern 8-speed chain will work with the Suntour Accushift. Plenty of gold chains...8 speed and above.

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Hey Top, I've already had three people PM me with "If you ever decide to sell it..." Can I put you down for #4?

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Fantastic looking bike. Can't wait to hear how it rides.
Me either! Hopefully this afternoon if I can get leaves raked in enough time...
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