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Old 05-20-15, 10:53 PM
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Vintage Cannondale

Hi, I am new to the forum and joined to ask about this road bike. I don't know much about aluminum frames because I've always used steel in the past. This fits me, which is hard to find for my 5'3" self. It has new tires and is ready to ride, and from the picture (below) looks like it's in good shape. I think it has Suntour Cyclone front and Suntour __something___ back derailleurs. Assuming it doesn't have any cracks in the fork (aside from minor paint chipping), would this be a good bike for commuting to school? It'll be a 5-10 mile commute - I'm a swimmer/runner but will only have time to exercise on my bike this summer. I've heard that these mid-80s era Cannondales are extremely harsh rides, but that can be mediated with a good seat? Any input on the price range, quality and rareness of these bikes would be great. It has BB in the serial number so I think that makes it from 1984. Thanks ahead of time!





PS If anyone has a green Fuji Tivoli you'd like to sell to me....
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Old 05-20-15, 11:11 PM
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Given the triple crankset, I'm guessing this is an C-dale ST500. It is a touring frame, with 27" tires. The ride should be plenty comfortable due to to the tires being about 32mm wide and the long wheelbase. FMV for a cosmetically clean, fully serviced edition, may run $250 +/- $50.
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Old 05-21-15, 12:17 AM
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Thanks, oddjob2!
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Old 05-21-15, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Given the triple crankset, I'm guessing this is an C-dale ST500. It is a touring frame, with 27" tires. The ride should be plenty comfortable due to to the tires being about 32mm wide and the long wheelbase. FMV for a cosmetically clean, fully serviced edition, may run $250 +/- $50.
Just be aware that this bike is not in the best condition. The handlebar is in need of taping, there is an issue with the rear brake cable at the lever (make sure the brake works!), the hood is either torn, loose or both, and the pedals are missing at least one of the dustcaps. The pedals are not suitable for commuting as-is since they are designed to work with the missing toeclips/straps (pedals are "one-sided" and will rock under street shoes if the "bottom side" is up). You are looking at a minimum $50 of parts if you do the install/repairs yourself, of course more $ if done at your LBS.

Don't let this scare you away from the bike, I'd love to have it myself - use this information as a bargaining tool to get the price down.
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Old 05-21-15, 10:30 AM
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Thanks, exxongraftek, that's really helpful.

The buyer was originally asking for $280, then went down to $250. I'm going to have a look in person soon - assuming that I need to change the pedals, buy bar tape and brake lever hoods (but that the brakes are functional), what do you all think would be a reasonable price for me to get this bike for? I'm kind of a struggling student but think it would be worth it to get a solid commuter bike that I like/fit.

Any additional info or opinions about this would be great.
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Old 05-21-15, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Given the triple crankset, I'm guessing this is an C-dale ST500. It is a touring frame, with 27" tires. The ride should be plenty comfortable due to to the tires being about 32mm wide and the long wheelbase. FMV for a cosmetically clean, fully serviced edition, may run $250 +/- $50.
Those look way too small to be 27" wheels. 26" MTB maybe. But it could fit a 5' 3" person well given the small wheels.

I'd say $200 as pictured but given how hard it is to find road bikes in that size you might have to pay extra to get one that fits you.
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I'd grab it RDBLK. Loving that paint.

Harsh ride is overrated particularly for that short commute. If it just needs tape and a tune buy it and have fun this summer, those are things you can easily do on your own.
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Old 05-23-15, 09:55 AM
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I was only able to bargain it down to $240 - took it for a short test ride and love it so far! Very quick and responsive, didn't feel harsh (even when going over fairly rough terrain), and it fits me perfectly. I'm even excited for my summer class to start so I can have longer across-town rides now!

Thanks to everyone for the helpful and honest comments. I probably would not have gotten the bike without input from this forum and am so glad that I did now!
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That is a well regarded and versatile frame, worthy of any updates or repairs you need to make. Enjoy it!
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That is a well regarded and versatile frame, worthy of any updates or repairs you need to make. Enjoy it!
I think you did well and am totally jealous.
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Commuted on one of those C'dales for years!
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