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1985 Cannondale ST500

Old 10-02-15, 07:51 AM
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1985 Cannondale ST500

After reading mtnbke's ravings about these bikes, I've been keeping an eye out locally to get one.

I found a not so perfect example and picked it up last weekend. Price was in line with condition (in my opinion).

Anyway, looks to be all original with the exception of the derailleurs. I've done a quick tune up & replaced consumables, but no major fixes / upgrades. I'm gonna ride it as is for a while (commuter) and see if I like it.

Anyway, here's before and after pix.


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Good job picking a year that has the metal cable guides. In my experience the ST rides much nicer than the SR series.
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Great find! Depending on whether you like the paint patina or not, you could get this PC'd, new decals, and be riding a like new 30 y.o. bike. How do you like the ride?

P.S. [MENTION=160550]mtnbke[/MENTION] deserves an official thanks for inspiring you!
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Great find! Depending on whether you like the paint patina or not, you could get this PC'd, new decals, and be riding a like new 30 y.o. bike. How do you like the ride?

P.S. @mtnbke deserves an official thanks for inspiring you!
Yes, he does deserve an official thanks. It feels good, faster than my Miele Nova. Fits me better too. I'm going to live with the patina. I'm calling it a "rat rod".

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Ha! I'll need to show this to my wife. So far she's not as convinced as I've been!
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Originally Posted by Jay.Money
After reading mtnbke's ravings about these bikes, I've been keeping an eye out locally to get one.

I found a not so perfect example and picked it up last weekend. Price was in line with condition (in my opinion).

Anyway, looks to be all original with the exception of the derailleurs. I've done a quick tune up & replaced consumables, but no major fixes / upgrades. I'm gonna ride it as is for a while (commuter) and see if I like it.

Anyway, here's before and after pix.


Nice bike. Cannondale STs from the 80's are my favorite bikes. Quick, rugged and versatile these are bikes that can do almost anything depending on how they are set up. I think the patina on your bike looks fine-I like a bike with character. Good find and good looking bike.
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I enjoy my ST400 a great deal, but it doesn't feel any quicker than any other road bike in my stable. It is smooth riding on cushy 27" Paselas.
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Hey, can someone tell me what the screw on the inside of my right seat stay is for?

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Hey, can someone tell me what the screw on the inside of my right seat stay is for?

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Chain rest for when the wheel is removed.
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Chain rest for when the wheel is removed.
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