Got my first Craigslist "good deal" and thought I'd share these pics with the forum for posterity (there seems to be a cult following for these old cannondales)
Pictured below is a Cannondale Black Lightning - Serial Number 54020988109.
Judging from the serial number, the bike is a 1988 production 54cm aluminum frame with chromoly fork. The decals more closely match the Black Lightning pictured in Cannondale's 1987 catalog (linked below for reference).
I took it for a spin last night and WOW, what a fast, stiff, and solid bike. Makes my 2010 CADD9 seem delicate in comparison.
The gearing on this thing needs to change ASAP... the freewheel and crank combo on this is not for the hills of western PA. Will a Shimano 7 speed freewheel work with the indexed Suntour Sprint rear derailleur and downtube shifters?
anyways, on to the pics. These are "as is"... i just wiped off the dust. Plans are to replace the freewheel, shift and brake cables / housing, new bar tape and to have it for my wife to ride.