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Unknown Cdale Criterium

Old 12-10-09, 10:42 AM
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Unknown Cdale Criterium

Hi, so I came across this posting on craigslist... There are no actual pictures of the bike, just of another criterium. I'm trying to buy a bike for my girlfriend for Christmas. So my real question is, seeing as neither my girlfriend or I have any experience with putting together bikes, is it worth buying this for $50? Is it possible to bring the parts in to a shop and have them put it together? I don't know how disassembled it is, but we are checking it out tonight. Besides the obvious parts like derailleurs etc..., what should I be looking for?

The seller states that it was boxed up to be shipped out, but decided against it.

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Cannondale criterium road racing bike for sale. Frame size unknown but appropriate for riders in the 5' 5"- 5' 8" range.

The aluminum racing frame has very aggressive, criterium-appropriate geometry. It has an oversized downtube, and a characteristically stiff ride. Bike believed to have been purchased in the early 90s.

- aluminum frame
- criterium geometry
- Shimano 105 package (12 speed)
- Mavic wheels
- Blue paint with yellow highlights

This is a great bike but has not been ridden in years. I'm selling as I am moving out of the country. Bike is in a box and not in rideable condition, but you are free to examine everything.

Note: this photo is not the exact bike, but is the closest photo I could find. The frame is almost exactly what is shown (but in blue).

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Hello well if there was atleast a pic or two so you could see for sure that the wheels and frame are OK $50 for a cannondale and a 12spd 105 group isn't too bad if you can rebuild it. I don't know where this bike is but for a few more dollars you can likely find something rideable. also a cannondal bike is a very stiff 'racy' ride is this what your GF wants?

is we know where you lived some C&V who cleans and resells beikes for fun might be able to help you either get this and build it or sell you something ready to roll
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What would I look for? I would look for enough parts to justify the price (won't take much), then I would gladly give the guy $50 and leave. Don't expect perfection. But a decent set of wheels and a handful of 105 components put you well over the $50 mark.

All of this is assuming you have the ability to assemble and repair the bike. If not, I would pass on it.

If you take a box of parts to a shop, don't be surprised if it costs you $150 to $200 to get the bike road worthy. Doing it yourself, and you should be able to do it for $50. The difference: the shop has to cover its overhead and labor.

I normally buy project bikes, in a condition similar to what you describe. I just look for enough information that I know the asking price is covered, and I buy it. I don't really quibble over defects. I am buying parts at that point. Of course, I hope that the frame is straight, and everything is in top condition. But the deals often are projects, which include defects. I have two such Cannondale projects right now, one a Criterium.

If you are going to take it to a shop, then the frame really needs to be in top notch condition. Inspect it carefully for defects: dents, dings, stuck seat post or stem, etc.

But in the end, bicycle projects are really best suited for do it yourselfers.
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Yeah it is a great deal as long as there are no dents or bent frame. I wrote the seller last night but have not heard anything back. It is probably gone by now.
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I will let you guys know about any further developments on this. As always, you guys have been very helpful.
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Blue frame with yellow highlights, 12 speed is most probably a 1988 SR500. Shimano 105 group, very durable, sweet bike. Pic of one of these I refurbed and sold is below.
Hard to judge without knowiing the size bike you want or what your mechg skills are, but for $50, well...I'd buy it. But then I have boxes of old Shimano parts from that era and anything that's broken or screwed up I can just replace.
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Got the bike. My girlfriends loves (the look of) it. It was just disassembled for shipping, so we put it together in a few minutes. Awesome deal... Now going to take it to the shop and have it tuned. Thanks for all of your help!
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