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1985 Cannondale road bike.... Second opinion?

Old 07-12-13, 12:12 AM
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1985 Cannondale road bike.... Second opinion?

https://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=190868941403

Hello I am interested in purchasing a bike that I found on ebay. I am planning on meeting with the guy to see the bike tomorrow, If you could let me know what you think and if it's a good deal or no I would really appreciate it.

Btw I have one bike, it is a fixed gear, not those colorful ridiculous angle stem/seat ones, but one that resembles a track bike just more for street use. (front brake). I have a decent amount of knowledge of how to fit myself on the bike and general bike components. I am able to service my whole bike. Anyways. If you guys think that this is a good deal then let me know. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-13, 04:11 AM
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I owned a Cannondale 400 a few years ago and found it to be a fine bike...



The one on Ebay is priced fairly and worth the $200 price, in my opinion. Good luck if you get the bike.
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At $200, it is below FMV, considering the shoes, levers, and pedals. Those alone are worth another $75-$100.
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Old 07-12-13, 05:13 AM
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Go ahead and put a bid $200 to cancel the buy it now...if you are interested.
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Yep, worth it. It's an '84, so has the metal riveted top tube cable guides that will not break off like the later plastic ones. Components look to be good- Shimano 600 pre-SIS works well- but it will nee d agood cleaning, full bearing service, bar tape and probably a saddle. Properly restored/refurbished, this would last you another couple of decades.

if it fits.
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Old 07-12-13, 06:39 AM
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Good bike, $200 would be a good price.
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Old 07-12-13, 08:51 AM
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I had an '87, nice ride. They are quite a rigid ride which I found annoying over multiple hours but that's a personal taste thing. I loved how direct it felt, was the first bike that felt extremely efficient that I'd ever owned. Mine had 27" wheels if I recall correctly.

The only reason I got rid of it (which I regret a bit now) was that I was getting constant flats on the tire tech of the era on the roads I have locally. Too much crap in the roads around here. The driveline worked very well on it too.
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Old 07-12-13, 06:19 PM
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Thanks for your input guys, I really have no experience with older vintage bikes but I do know that this bike stood out to me a bit. Also that is a very nice bike randyjawa!

I contacted the man to see if I could look at it so we should meet up soon. Although over the phone he is telling me that it is 300 firm because he has lots of interest on the bike, and that he may sell it on craigslist first because hes selling at the same time. Now, I understand that this may just be a selling tactic that he is using, but what if worst comes to worst....is the bike worth the extra 100? (300).

Also what one of you guys suggested, if I were to bid on the bike on ebay for the starter price, he cannot just turn around and sell it off of Craigslist can he? Does ebay over rule in a sense? Its not common for me to see someone just take off a listing, especially after there is some bidding on the item?
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Yes, he can cancel his ebay auction at any time. Sellers will do it saying item was damaged, they found some defect they had not disclosed, wife backed the car over it, it got stolen, or whatever. Lies, lies, and more lies. Happens all the time.

The best protection is to buy from an active, high feedback seller (OK, a bit of conflict of interest here as I meet this description). Anyway, high feedback active sellers are less prone to such shenanigans, as it will sooner or later blow up on them. This guy has a total of NINE feedback on items he has sold, the last item being TWO years ago. He has ZERO, ZILCH feedback on selling a single bicycle item, ever. Worst comes to worst, if ebay gets on him, he can just walk away and start a new account. BFD, he loses his nine positive sales feedbacks. He can recoup that in a week or two.

But a seller with a long track record, with hundreds or even thousands of positive feedbacks on sales, will be more likely to stick with a deal. Walking away from a long track record, or damaging your reputation in any way, is much more of a concern when you have a big investment in your ebay reputation.

$300 would be OK, except this bike needs to be totally refreshed (cables, bearings, grease, etc.). $250 in its current state is fine. Realize there may be another buyer willing to overpay/pay more, whatever. That's how it goes on bikes.

Take cash with you, guy might come around. He needs to realize a sale on ebay will cost hm some $$ in fees. After fees, his BIN price is going to net him around $250.

I really don't like what this seller is doing. Represents an item as being for sale on ebay, simultaneously listing it on local Craigs List, and its a race to see who gets it first.

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Old 07-12-13, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsqueak View Post
I had an '87, nice ride. They are quite a rigid ride which I found annoying over multiple hours but that's a personal taste thing. I loved how direct it felt, was the first bike that felt extremely efficient that I'd ever owned. Mine had 27" wheels if I recall correctly.

The only reason I got rid of it (which I regret a bit now) was that I was getting constant flats on the tire tech of the era on the roads I have locally. Too much crap in the roads around here. The driveline worked very well on it too.
27 inch wheels would have been quite unusual to find on a circa 1987 bike of any kind.....
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
27 inch wheels would have been quite unusual to find on a circa 1987 bike of any kind.....
Maybe, but that is what the STs had. Pre-internet shopping it became hard to find rims and tires. Now of course that isn't as much of a problem but selection is limited.

I believe they can convert to 700s easily enough but I never did it to mine.
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Old 07-15-13, 01:21 AM
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Thanks guys. I purchased the bike a few days ago for 225

I went to meet up and test ride the bike, other than the brakes might need a little tuning, I felt like it was a solid ride, everything was working smoothly and I just enjoyed the ride in general. The tires are a little wider, probably 28c (not sure atm) but it made all the difference from my fixed bike, much more comfortable of a ride. For me never riding an older bike, I really did not mind the downtube shifting at all, I actually enjoyed it compared to always riding fixed. The guy was very nice in person and was willing to negotiate if I gave him an offer. I went home and slept on it and the next morning I through out a number and he accepted. I believe that he was well off financial wise but just wanted a little money for the bike, and was willing to give me a good deal after talking to me. We got along well and talked about bikes and he knew that I was passionate about bikes and carry on the journey of his old reliable.

Anyways other than the bars being a little funky than im used to I really enjoy the bike! Also who needs Sidi shoes! These old road shoes I received with the bike work as they're supposed to.

Thanks for the help guys and I will be reading on the forums on taking care of the ole vintage cannondale.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Yep, worth it. It's an '84, so has the metal riveted top tube cable guides that will not break off like the later plastic ones. Components look to be good- Shimano 600 pre-SIS works well- but it will nee d agood cleaning, full bearing service, bar tape and probably a saddle. Properly restored/refurbished, this would last you another couple of decades.

if it fits.
Could you direct me to a link or thread that shows how to properly restore am old bicycle?
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Old 07-16-13, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Solis91 View Post
Could you direct me to a link or thread that shows how to properly restore am old bicycle?

Bikeforums is probably the most complete resource on the web for bike restoration. Just start reading under C & V or Bike Mechanics.
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Old 07-17-13, 12:19 AM
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nice grab. that's an 84 touring bike. second year they made them. tough beasts. good thing you've got a shimano drive train. mine has suntour. makes replacing freewheels a bit more expensive.

nope, that's an 85. 600...durr

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