Just thought I'd share my latest acquisition, as I haven't really had occasion to do so before. It's not THAT vintage, but I think it's old enough to not warrant posting in the road forum. A little background: I've been trying to get my better half to ride with me for the last 2 years. She finally caved last year, and said that she wanted a bike. However, she insisted that she wanted a mountain bike instead of a road bike, as many people our age who remember cycling in their youth are wont to do. I went out and found her an appropriately sized Diamondback Outlook, which she proceeded not to ride. Come this year, she showed more interest and we started going on little jaunts together. The farthest she's done is 10 miles, and really seemed to struggle at times.
I chalked this up to her being a beginner, until I happened to pick her bike up while flipping it over to do a quick true of a wheel. Good golly was that thing heavy! It dawned on me then that although the bike seemed alright to me (comparable to my first adult bike), part of the issue was that my 100 pound 4'11 lady was chugging along on a 30+ pound bike! So, I decided to mention this to her and she seemed a little more receptive of the idea of a road bike. Not quite accepting, but she didn't shoot it down and gave me an ambiguous "maybe". Methinks that perhaps she's starting to lose that image of road bikes being uncool that I remember being so prevalent when we were kids.
Today, I finally found a bike for her. It is what appears to be a sparsely ridden 1996 Cannondale R500 Compact, with 650C wheels and a 47 cm size. Didn't get a fantastic deal on it, but still less than it looks to be worth. I can't quite figure it out, but the paint (Wild Orchid to Mako Blue fade) appears to have only been an option in 1995 when the compact wasn't an option according to the catalogs. Regardless, I'm excited to dig into it tomorrow and start working it over to make it ready to ride. She'll be returning from a trip to see her family in Iowa next week, and I will try my best to be ready to surprise her with it. Here's to hoping she falls in love with road riding and we get to spend many miles together!
Here it is as purchased:
And here's a comparison shot with my 48cm ST400:
Thanks for looking!