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cehowardGS 11-25-12 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by bradtx (Post 14980976)
Use a saddle that fits comfortably for you, style when you're off the bike doesn't really matter, IMHO. For example my road saddles are all Selle Italia Flites, or very Flite like.

Brad

Good point Brad, and I did just that. I have the YMID in white on one of my bikes, it is a Brooks Swallow clone, at less than half the price of the real thing. It is comfortable, and I like the way it looks. Also, of the choices, the YMID is blacker than the other ones, if there is such a thing.

BTW, comfort is #1, but style off the bike is a strong #2. No way could I boogie with a comfortable saddle and it is funny looking.. :D. So, a combo of the 2 works for me, with comfort #1 priority. ;)

Just ordered this for $71 shipped..

http://www.cehoward.net/blackseatcopper.jpg


Oppossed to this one, which is real cool, but not black and/or shinier enough.. ;)

http://www.cehoward.net/blackseatcopper3.jpg

cehowardGS 11-29-12 03:01 PM

Slight upgrade. ;) Adding new tires and tubes.. Next will be toe clips. Got to find some black dust covers for both of the pedals. A black Brooks Swallow clone is on the way. ;)

http://www.cehoward.net/blll25.jpg

supafast213 11-30-12 04:10 PM

Looking good.

cehowardGS 12-02-12 07:41 AM

Ha, going to bump this thread..;)

Here is one in Fl. on Ebay.. $499, a 60cm

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stunning-Can...item416ec0dc9f

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Stunning-Cann...8TE!~~60_3.JPG

cehowardGS 12-02-12 07:46 AM

I have added some Seca tires on my BL..

http://www.cehoward.net/blll25.jpg

Next is black Brooks Swallow Clone black seat, with brass rivets/rails, and a gold chain.. ;)

bradtx 12-02-12 10:19 AM

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cehowardGS, An ounce of constructive criticism, center a tire label with the valve stem. It helps to find a puncture.

Brad

Like this:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=286546

cehowardGS 12-14-12 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by bradtx (Post 15007207)
cehowardGS, An ounce of constructive criticism, center a tire label with the valve stem. It helps to find a puncture.

Brad

Like this:
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=286546

Kinda late with my reply, been looking at my other project, 85 Raleigh Grand Prix..;)

On the tire stem, will do that, I am real close to slapping some black wheels on this too. I had a buddy do an adjustment to the front and rear derailleur and she has been running great. ;)

http://www.cehoward.net/bbl40.jpg

Tulok 12-14-12 08:48 PM

I have one of these, unforte that the paint was bubbling so bad. It's bare aluminum as it sits, but it's still got the complete suntour edge black gruppo! Nice riders for sure, but ridiculously stiff!

shoota 12-14-12 09:12 PM

Man I could have gotten one locally in my size for $300, kinda wish I had now..

OldsCOOL 02-16-14 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by supafast213 (Post 14038966)
Oldscool, I have overspent on this one because I like the frame. The only thing I have to show for it is a nice bike and a pile of scratched/worn parts. So far, I have no regrets. This bike was born to be mine and I am building it to my spec. I'm still way under the entry level price of a new bike. I know that you've been searching for a nice example of the Black Lightning and I encourage you to keep looking. Be patient. This bike is not rare or valuable. BTW, when I stand on the pegs, it go's.

Time to bump life into this thread. Black Lightnings may not be rare but I cant find one here. So that leaves me with one desireable alternative....build one. I (hopefully) should have a Criterium frame coming in the next week or two, just bought a set of Vuelta Corsa Lite wheels and scraping together my black brakeset and parts to build the bike I have longed to own these past 3 years. These black beauties rock.

bradtx 02-16-14 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL (Post 16500560)
Time to bump life into this thread. Black Lightnings may not be rare but I cant find one here. So that leaves me with one desireable alternative....build one. I (hopefully) should have a Criterium frame coming in the next week or two, just bought a set of Vuelta Corsa Lite wheels and scraping together my black brakeset and parts to build the bike I have longed to own these past 3 years. These black beauties rock.

You understand that as soon as you complete the build an original BL will show up! :)

Vintage Cannondale has decals again, but I don't know if they have any BL specific items. With a 'from scratch' build you'll have the freedom to equip the bike however you wish while keeping in the spirit of the original. For example if I were to build a modern BL I'd use a matte black finish with black decals, but I'm style challenged.

Brad

IthaDan 02-16-14 01:59 PM

I picked up one of these in december. It's the second one I've had now, but the first complete one- last one, a '90 (? had the cantilevered dropouts) 61 [or so] frame, was missing the levers and calipers. This one is as complete as complete can be. And a lot closer to my size at 56. The 61 now lives in the bay area with a good friend of mine. I'd forgotten how satisfyingly mechanical and solid the CLUNK of the suntour indexing was.

I've since cleaned it up a little (more of a spitshine, really), I'll have to get some better pictures.

http://i.imgur.com/dBsoO0bl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/M1Im9nUl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/C4BaAk1l.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kmZfTIEl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/w2K5XJ4l.jpg

OldsCOOL 02-16-14 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by bradtx (Post 16500616)
You understand that as soon as you complete the build an original BL will show up! :)

Vintage Cannondale has decals again, but I don't know if they have any BL specific items. With a 'from scratch' build you'll have the freedom to equip the bike however you wish while keeping in the spirit of the original. For example if I were to build a modern BL I'd use a matte black finish with black decals, but I'm style challenged.

Brad

Yup, factored that in. BL's wiil be be falling off trucks and landing in my front yard when I'm done. :)

I like your "two-tone" black idea.

Been over to the Vintage site and it seems they have the proper decals or close enough. That will be my first "upgrade" following paint. Man, it's been one long and tough winter here. I'm hoping to get this rideable by May if not earlier.

jopbianchi 02-16-14 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by IthaDan (Post 16500676)
I've since cleaned it up a little (more of a spitshine, really), I'll have to get some better pictures.

I went ahead and sold my $20 '90 BL find that I posted on the "Catch Of The Day" thread a few weeks ago. Got $300 on CL. Had six people interested in a two day period... none of them local with most being 100+ miles away. The first buyer who made the trip paid immediately with no concerns.

I would have kept it... but was way too tall for me. In any case that's probably the one and only "almost free" Cannondale I'll ever find in my lifetime.

bres dad 02-18-14 02:12 PM

beautiful bike. Did a quick search and found a cool limited rerelease they did w/ Campy gear

http://www.vintagecannondale.com/node/10698

oldbikenewbike 02-19-14 10:00 AM

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Here's my 1990 (again). Saddle comfort for me is better with the Body Geometry (of course I'll keep the stock one), but all else will remain as it came with. I want to replace the tires with black walls to complete the look, though, as the attached just don't look right.

OldsCOOL 02-19-14 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by oldbikenewbike (Post 16508871)
Here's my 1990 (again). Saddle comfort for me is better with the Body Geometry (of course I'll keep the stock one), but all else will remain as it came with. I want to replace the tires with black walls to complete the look, though, as the attached just don't look right.

Blacker the better....with a touch of gold.

That's where I'm heading for this BL build over the next few months.

oldbikenewbike 02-19-14 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL (Post 16509000)
Blacker the better....with a touch of gold.

That's where I'm heading for this BL build over the next few months.

Be careful not to get caught up in the BL thing. A parts build will add up to $$$$$$ when it's all done. Keep searching a bit longer as I did for an original. Mine came from a local CL ad.

OldsCOOL 02-19-14 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by oldbikenewbike (Post 16509212)
Be careful not to get caught up in the BL thing. A parts build will add up to $$$$$$ when it's all done. Keep searching a bit longer as I did for an original. Mine came from a local CL ad.

I have been scouring every available venue for the past 3yrs and have not seen one except "yakaz" and ebay. I will not mind at all building my own and may come in cheaper than ebay when shipping is included.

Not that I at all disagree with your point, it is well taken. The best part is I have black components from my Raleigh PRE that have given me a huge jump in the grouppo (sounds painful :))

Bianchigirll 02-19-14 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bres dad (Post 16506520)
beautiful bike. Did a quick search and found a cool limited rerelease they did w/ Campy gear

http://www.vintagecannondale.com/node/10698

But it isn't as cool now because all bikes have all black everything.

OldsCOOL 02-19-14 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll (Post 16509301)
But it isn't as cool now because all bikes have all black everything.

Kinda like celeste?? :)

Bianchigirll 02-19-14 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL (Post 16509399)
Kinda like celeste?? :)

touché' I was never big on the all celeste all the time look though

OldsCOOL 02-19-14 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll (Post 16509414)
touché' I was never big on the all celeste all the time look though

I am....if it's C&V. :)

bradtx 02-19-14 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL (Post 16509255)
I have been scouring every available venue for the past 3yrs and have not seen one except "yakaz" and ebay. I will not mind at all building my own and may come in cheaper than ebay when shipping is included.

Not that I at all disagree with your point, it is well taken. The best part is I have black components from my Raleigh PRE that have given me a huge jump in the grouppo (sounds painful :))

What size do you ride? http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/4250039293.html

Brad

OldsCOOL 02-19-14 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by bradtx (Post 16510130)

I ride 54-56, optimally. I get a kick out of the guy saying he bought it recently but it was too big for him. He's probably 5'9.


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