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Old 03-07-19, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott
I got this somewhere around 1999:




It has a head-shock, which no longer seems to work properly. The frame was made in the US, and is a very unforgiving aluminum. I had to get the lamps from Peter White. The dynamo generator hub came with the bike, but not the lights (despite what is show in the photo).

I was never comfortable on this bike. I loaned it to my kid, so it is with him in college in Portland, OR. He hates it too.

Anyone from PDX want this thing?
That looks like the Silk Path I had not long ago. Very nice on the bumps, but overall, the front suspension wastes too much energy, when you start pedaling. A fun experiment though. 😉
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Originally Posted by stardognine

Looks more like T700 to me. You can probably find it in the catalogs, at vintage cannondale dot com, going by the color. Also, the T-series touring bikes started in 1992, so you won't have to look further back than that, at least.
Thanks for the help. It does say T700 and looks to be a 94'. Has the Coda crank instead of stx.
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Originally Posted by show5o

My 2nd cannondale 1988 sr500 but dura ace.
Your bike has a cousin:

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Recent purchase & overhaul: 1988 Black Lightning. Kept the paint and decals original, along with components and handlebars. Updated the saddle (Selle Italia Flite), seatpost, cables & housings, tires & tubes, bar tape and pedals (SPD). This thing likes to go fast! Enjoying every minute of every ride!

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Old 03-07-19, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by curbtender
Thanks for the help. It does say T700 and looks to be a 94'. Has the Coda crank instead of stx.
No problem, I like looking at other peoples' bikes too. 😁
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Originally Posted by aceves
Recent purchase & overhaul: 1988 Black Lightning. Kept the paint and decals original, along with components and handlebars. Updated the saddle (Selle Italia Flite), seatpost, cables & housings, tires & tubes, bar tape and pedals (SPD). This thing likes to go fast! Enjoying every minute of every ride!

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Very nice!!! 👍
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Originally Posted by aceves
Recent purchase & overhaul: 1988 Black Lightning. Kept the paint and decals original, along with components and handlebars. Updated the saddle (Selle Italia Flite), seatpost, cables & housings, tires & tubes, bar tape and pedals (SPD). This thing likes to go fast! Enjoying every minute of every ride!

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Very nice. I like that you maintained the original white wall look on the tires. I know you didn't state your chain was replaced, but did you look for a replacement black/gold chain by any chance?
I acquired an unloved Black Lightning recently and I'd like to get an original-looking chain. First pass Google search was a negative.
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Old 03-07-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by stardognine

Very nice!!! 👍
Thanks stardognine! 👍🏼

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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite

Very nice. I like that you maintained the original white wall look on the tires. I know you didn't state your chain was replaced, but did you look for a replacement black/gold chain by any chance?
I acquired an unloved Black Lightning recently and I'd like to get an original-looking chain. First pass Google search was a negative.
Hi SpeedofLite, I actually cleaned and used the original chain. Not sure where you could locate a gold/black chain. Iím sure BF members here will have some good advice on where to find one. And yes, I really like the tan-wall tire original look on my Lightning. Good luck with your build. Post pics once itís done!

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Originally Posted by spedrunr
Hi, How did you attach the rear fender to the bottom bracket area? I noticed that none of my Cannondales have a screw hole down where the chainstays meet the bottom bracket(?)
In my case, the ST400 came with tapped holes in the dropouts. Makes sense given the bike's intended purpose.
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Old 03-08-19, 11:15 AM
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@spedrunr my ST did not have any hole tapped either. A number of fenders simply have a sort of metal clip that is riveted to the end of the fender, and that pops over and secures the end of the fender to that chain stay bridge. My fenders did not come with said clip, so I drilled a hole. There's plenty of metal to drill through there, so be a little patient and it will be fine. Keep in mind that the bolt/nut hardware will need to be low profile if you want to run 32mm or 35mm tires. Makes popping in the rear wheel easier, too--not because there are horizontal dropouts, but because you need to get the axle/cassette around the RD where it mounts to the frame. @awfulwaffle there are two tapped holes per dropout, yes, but spedrunr was talking back at the chain stay bridge (just aft of the bottom bracket shell).
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
@spedrunr my ST did not have any hole tapped either. A number of fenders simply have a sort of metal clip that is riveted to the end of the fender, and that pops over and secures the end of the fender to that chain stay bridge. My fenders did not come with said clip, so I drilled a hole. There's plenty of metal to drill through there, so be a little patient and it will be fine. Keep in mind that the bolt/nut hardware will need to be low profile if you want to run 32mm or 35mm tires. Makes popping in the rear wheel easier, too--not because there are horizontal dropouts, but because you need to get the axle/cassette around the RD where it mounts to the frame. @awfulwaffle there are two tapped holes per dropout, yes, but spedrunr was talking back at the chain stay bridge (just aft of the bottom bracket shell).
ROS, thanks for clarifying that for awful. So you drilled into the frame? I'm probably going to McGuiver some sort of metal strip/bracket that will clamp on to the chainstay/BB junction. I haven't really studied the area in question yet. I may do the boring into the frame as a last resort. I'm sure it doesn't not compromise the integrity of the joint but I like to keep is as unmolested as possible in case I sell it. Or I may not put fenders on, it's AZ and we get about 1" of rain/year.
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Originally Posted by spedrunr
ROS, thanks for clarifying that for awful. So you drilled into the frame? I'm probably going to McGuiver some sort of metal strip/bracket that will clamp on to the chainstay/BB junction. I haven't really studied the area in question yet. I may do the boring into the frame as a last resort. I'm sure it doesn't not compromise the integrity of the joint but I like to keep is as unmolested as possible in case I sell it. Or I may not put fenders on, it's AZ and we get about 1" of rain/year.
Not a problem. I drilled a 4 or 5mm hole (I forget, but I kept it small) and yeah, that hasn't compromised anything on this 25" frame.

I find that some bikes look complete or certainly much improved with fenders. There can be a grace or regality that they take on, especially if there's chrome involved. Some bikes look good either way. My '82 Miyata 1000 looked complete with fenders, and a bit unsure of itself without them (while wearing 32mm tires). My P15 Paramount Touring looks very nice with fenders, but also wears 35mm tires without fenders completely naturally. As always, colors and components add up to a composition that can 'allow' certain looks. My P15's matte/satin black paint (with chrome lugs and 'socks') has a pretty confident demeanor, and that allows considerable flexibility in component choices.

An unladen [swallow, er...] bike is nice to have, if only because it's not an extra 1-3 lbs you have to lug around. And in AZ, you can skate by without fenders no problem it seems.
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For reasons unknown as to why my whiz-bang smartphone is all over the map with regard to photographing things in different lighting situations, I present 6pm on a starting-to-rain evening. And the white saddle and bar tape are promptly, again (almost always?), blown out. Nice work. I will work to find a scenario that allows the white to be ok looking while also bringing out the black to hyper blue paint job that Cannondale gave their bikes during these few years. It's a real looker, and of course with a full suite of 9-speed Dura-Ace (ok, 10-speed for the derailleurs as it's what I had) it's gorgeous. It's also stupid fast if you put the hammer down. True to form, while not being harsh (firm, certainly, this is a road/race bike after all). The road geometry gives a lovely 63mm of trail, allowing it to track smoothly and straight when going straight, but also partnering with you in corners. These early era/first decade Cannondales really know how to go around a corner. Crit, road, or touring, they're all just dialed in.

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Originally Posted by marcobar
Not sure if there's already one of these threads, but I can't find it if there is.
Post pictures of your Cannondales here.
Wow, is that a 3.0 frame? I had a bike just like that, with matching red aluminum fork (which unfortunately had a fatal vibration when using front brake)! Other than that, I loved the bike.
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Does anyone know what an m500 vintage mid 90's value is. Excellent condition all I know is shimano deraillers and magura brakes. bike blue book says it is worth about $100.00 the guy who has it wants $200.00 what value is it? Thanks
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Originally Posted by coffeesnob
Does anyone know what an m500 vintage mid 90's value is. Excellent condition all I know is shimano deraillers and magura brakes. bike blue book says it is worth about $100.00 the guy who has it wants $200.00 what value is it? Thanks
You can't really rely on that bluebook thing TOO much, they just give a rough guesstimate. 😉 It all depends on the condition, parts, and wether it fits the intended rider. Hint: Magura brakes are very nice, and very spendy, if in good condition. Good luck. 😎
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My 1988 Criterium Series. My favorite ride, irreplaceable. Won the first race I ever entered on it. Was T-boned by a car on it in the rain, and pushed across a full lane of traffic, and somehow managed to stay upright. Driver fled, and I was left with nothing but a broken spoke. And enough adrenaline to wake the dead. Rode up a 10% grade effortlessly a few minutes later, without realizing I was still in my big ring.

Awesome awesome bike. I always wanna go all-out on it, suits my riding style perfectly. Feels like a race bike should feel, fast, and agile as a cat. Can't say enough great things about this bike (frame). If you like sprinting for traffic lights and short fast rides, this is your bike.

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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
My 1988 Criterium Series. My favorite ride, irreplaceable. Won the first race I ever entered on it. Was T-boned by a car on it in the rain, and pushed across a full lane of traffic, and somehow managed to stay upright. Driver fled, and I was left with nothing but a broken spoke. And enough adrenaline to wake the dead. Rode up a 10% grade effortlessly a few minutes later, without realizing I was still in my big ring.

Awesome awesome bike. I always wanna go all-out on it, suits my riding style perfectly. Feels like a race bike should feel, fast, and agile as a cat. Can't say enough great things about this bike (frame). If you like sprinting for traffic lights and short fast rides, this is your bike.

Cool story (you can't just make up stuff like that, lol) and great bike! 👍
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Fixing up my 2003 CANNONDALE R600....
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That's a rare combo. You should refer to it to your "Cannondolo".
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Nice , what size is it ?
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@hazetguy I've always liked this bike. There was one local a couple of years ago for sale by the original owner and I'm still kicking myself for not jumping on it.
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Originally Posted by hazetguy
I probably "paid" more than I wanted to, but sometimes you have to do that when an opportunity presents itself.
The mind has no say in it. The heart wants what the heart wants. 😁 Very nice bike, congrats! 👍
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