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Old 02-02-14, 07:17 PM   #26
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I have the 1988 ST400 which I use strictly for touring now.
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I sold a 50 mm (?) SR frame/fork, cosmetically fair, for $25. I was surprised I couldn't get more for it.
They are certainly worth more than that to me.
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I picked up a 140 mm threadless stem that looks tolerable. I'll combine it with a threaded-to-threadless adapter and try to get an extra 4 cm of reach in my cockpit. Eventually I'll find some affordable Campagnolo 10-speed brifters and get them to work with the Mavic 7/8 speed drivetrain. The longer modern hoods will give me an additional 1-2 cm of reach. That should make this 52 cm frame work better for my 5' 11" height, short legs, and long torso.

Right now, I take this bike on 40-50 mile rides, usually with a lot of climbing and descending, and love the light weight and sharp handling, but but I feel cramped in the reach department. When I do a century, I currently take a different bike.
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I picked up a 140 mm threadless stem that looks tolerable. I'll combine it with a threaded-to-threadless adapter and try to get an extra 4 cm of reach in my cockpit. Eventually I'll find some affordable Campagnolo 10-speed brifters and get them to work with the Mavic 7/8 speed drivetrain. The longer modern hoods will give me an additional 1-2 cm of reach. That should make this 52 cm frame work better for my 5' 11" height, short legs, and long torso.

Right now, I take this bike on 40-50 mile rides, usually with a lot of climbing and descending, and love the light weight and sharp handling, but but I feel cramped in the reach department. When I do a century, I currently take a different bike.
Sounds like you really want that bike in the collection. I had a small Super Mirage that fit my desire for tight geometry but ended up trading it for a '79 Centurion. I like your choice of drivetrain.
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GrandpaEd, are you reading this thread? Please tell me about your '89 Cannondale.
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I have a 1990 SR600 that was given to me. It sat in my basement for 15 years. Just started riding it last year.
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I have a 1990 SR600 that was given to me. It sat in my basement for 15 years. Just started riding it last year.
How do you like it?

My build has begun today with the purchase order for a set of Vuelta Corsa Lite road wheelset. Been studying and wanting these the past 3 seasons. Booyah!
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How do you like it?

My build has begun today with the purchase order for a set of Vuelta Corsa Lite road wheelset. Been studying and wanting these the past 3 seasons. Booyah!
I really enjoy it. Faster and more responsive than mountain bike I had. I have Look pedals and I plan on getting shoes and cleats soon.
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I really enjoy it. Faster and more responsive than mountain bike I had. I have Look pedals and I plan on getting shoes and cleats soon.
Wow, that must be a rocket compared to an MTB.

Do you prefer Look pedals over the SPD type?
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Pedals came with the bike. I just never used them.

Just hope I don't break something (me) when I use them.
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Pedals came with the bike. I just never used them.

Just hope I don't break something (me) when I use them.
I'm in that same place this year. There hasnt been the attraction to try clipless when people say falling is inevitable. Yet when I hear of the improvement in efficiency it's hard to ignore. When I'm putting all the effort into a bike build (Black Lightning copy) it makes sense to try it this year sometime.

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This is my 1987 SR500 105. I bought it new for $600. I just started riding again last summer after a long hiatus. This bike cost as much as my first car, 1969 Pontiac GTO, which I bought in 1973. The seat is higher and the stem lower now than it was when this photo was taken. I also put the original seat back on, Vetta Turbo.

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Do you still have the '69 GTO? Please show photos!

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I wish I had that GTO, it was baby blue with Cragar 5 spoke mags. I sold it to buy a 1970 Dodge Charger. I no longer have that car either.

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I wish I had that GTO, it was baby blue with Cragar 5 spoke mags. I sold it to buy a 1970 Dodge Charger. I no longer have that car either.

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I had a '66 Charger with a 383. Mopar rocked those musclecar days.

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Hey OldsCOOL, thanks for the compliment on my Cannondale, just looking at it still makes me want to ride. My '70 Charger had the 440 magnum V-8, it went very fast as long as you wanted to go in a straight line, turning at speed could be a problem though. When we were kids we would race our cars down at the local marina. The finish line was the dock. A guy in a '68 Camaro would always beat me. One time, it looked as if I was finally going to win, but I guess he couldn't let that happen. So he blew right across the dock, into the Great South Bay. He swam out of the open window of his sinking Camaro, put his hands in the air and screamed "I won!".

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Hey OldsCOOL, thanks for the compliment on my Cannondale, just looking at it still makes me want to ride. My '70 Charger had the 440 magnum V-8, it went very fast as long as you wanted to go in a straight line, turning at speed could be a problem though. When we were kids we would race our cars down at the local marina. The finish line was the dock. A guy in a '68 Camaro would always beat me. One time, it looked as if I was finally going to win, but I guess he couldn't let that happen. So he blew right across the dock, into the Great South Bay. He swam out of the open window of his sinking Camaro, put his hands in the air and screamed "I won!".

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My build has begun today with the purchase order for a set of Vuelta Corsa Lite road wheelset. Been studying and wanting these the past 3 seasons. Booyah!
I purchased an '88 Cannondale Criterium Series frameset that included a Sakae Litage Fx aluminum fork. I stripped the paint and painted it a black with gold metallic in acryllic lacquer. Yesterday the parts started going on. I'm waiting for the cassette and chain on order. In a few weeks I will apply the Black Lightning decals. Here is the way it's looking tonight....


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If anyone is interested ... Vancouver CL ad. Looks in good shape.

CANNONDALE ROAD BIKE

Update 04-22-14 I checked the link and the bike is gone ... was having second thoughts myself. Now the temptation is gone.

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My Cannondale build will be ready to ride this Thursday afternoon. It will be running a 39/53 chainset with a 12-28 7sp (vintage/downtube indexed) gearing. The bike will spin Vuelta Corsa Lite racing wheels and weigh in at 18Lbs. I'm stoked about hitting my Strava hill attack course to see how it climbs compared to the Trek 460.
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I'm in that same place this year. There hasnt been the attraction to try clipless when people say falling is inevitable. Yet when I hear of the improvement in efficiency it's hard to ignore. When I'm putting all the effort into a bike build (Black Lightning copy) it makes sense to try it this year sometime.

We can both join the "Club Tombay".
I would never do a significant ride without clipless, but they are not for everyone. They are helpful when grinding up steep hills, doing tempo up less steep hills, and accelerating. They also keep your foot on the pedal when spinning and on any bumpy terrain. But they will not magically make you 5 mph faster, and based on riding style, may not make any difference for some people.
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