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Old 03-12-17, 04:43 PM
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93 r400 before and after

Just finished my 5800 group swap. Quite the change from the downtube rx100. It was an exercise in frustration getting it all dialed in but it was worth every penny. Feels like a completely different bike now. Climbing is sooooooooo much easier with the compact cassette.

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Looks great!

But were do you climb in FL? Into head winds?

Seriously, though, what year is your Cannondale? Very stealthy black.
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Looks great!

But were do you climb in FL? Into head winds?

Seriously, though, what year is your Cannondale? Very stealthy black.
Lol. I'm in the Gainesville area and all the sinkholes have made for some interesting geography here.

It's a 93. I was going to polish it up, but I decided to hold off and just get it all together.
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Bike looks great

If you swapped that post to a modern black Thomson or something similar to go with your updated cockpit, --- the average cyclist would never know that this is a 24 yo machine --- loks right in line with the aluminum stuff C'dale is putting out today
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That turned out really nice, good job on the component's swap. I was lucky enough to have a 90 SR300, I wish I still had that one. (Just like most bikes I have owned)

Don't mind the good reverend, he knows full well about our sink holes and the rollers down here. Not every inch of Florida allows you to put down a ball bearing and have it remain stationary. I think all of this late season cold, snow and ice up there in Yankee land has frozen his normally sharp brain.
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Old 03-12-17, 08:01 PM
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Thanks guys. I was prepping to build a completely new bike, but I'm glad I held onto this one. I bought this one on a whim 4 years ago and I am in love with this frame. As for the post I plan to change it to carbon soon. Probably get a SAVE post or a fsa slk.
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I rode my '89 Criterium today for a quicky 7 mile spin -- I picked it up from a CL seller last year - it looks ever so slightly different as it is now wearing clipless pedals, new tires and a pair of 46c bars which I naturally had to re-tape,

But the spirit is the same ------ I really like these old Cannondales -- top to bottom in their range, performance was excellent --- the ride rewards those who are young and fit, but even a schlubby middle age guy can enjoy them from time to time too


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Very nice. These old Cannondales do very well with modern upgrades. And the black speaks for itself...one bad bike!

I have a black '88 Criterium Series. Going on it's 4th season since the framset build-up. Here's a pic:

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stykthyn, Yep, the old SRs and 3.0s update really well, nice job.

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Lol. I'm in the Gainesville area and all the sinkholes have made for some interesting geography here.

It's a 93. I was going to polish it up, but I decided to hold off and just get it all together.
I didn't know you could ride into sink holes and then ride back out to talk about it! I always assumed they were the terrestrial versions of black holes!

I was guessing it was a '93.

I ride its bigger fraternal twin brother, a '93 R600. Rebuilt primarily with Nashbar/microShift gear. Over the weekend a Nashbar CF seatpost arrived for the CF framed Brooks C13 Cambium I just acquired. It's shedding grams while I gain pounds over the winter.

Now this is geared to haul my sorry 230+ pound rump up some hills and mountains.

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I didn't know you could ride into sink holes and then ride back out to talk about it! I always assumed they were the terrestrial versions of black holes!
It's not recommend, but I've been to the other side

I'll have to get some screenshots of my next couple of rides. Nothing like you are probably used to, but for fl there's a surprising amount of elevation change over a 20-30 mile ride.


That is a fantastic looking bike! Me likey.
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snip..... Nothing like you are probably used to, but for fl there's a surprising amount of elevation change over a 20-30 mile ride......snip
Those rollers can sneak up on you, best description of how it feels to ride on them for a long period of time was that when they come in groups after the third and forth set of the rollers you don't gather enough momentum to carry you up and over the following gradients and you keep burning matches to crest them. After a while you feel like the short downhill sections aren't there. Then an old creek's stream bed gets thrown in and you have to climb out, on a 17 or so, upward section (note that the term "uphill" was not used please.)

You don't dare use the terms hill, climb or steep, since someone is waiting to tell you Florida is flat everywhere. They sure don't live in NW Florida.

That said, I still want to get up to some true climbing areas and experience an actual hill, or even a mountain or two.

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------ I really like these old Cannondales -- top to bottom in their range, performance was excellent --- the ride rewards those who are young and fit, but even a schlubby middle age guy can enjoy them from time to time too
OK, I'll pick up that gauntlet Maybe my CAAD3 R600 is just different (vs some of the earlier models that were "left to rise a bit too long before they were baked") but I find its ride rewards us old codgers quite well - decrepit, skinny and reasonably fit on my 66th trip around the elliptic. I like my C'Dale real well and sometimes it just wants to go on a tear.......and I go with it.

Great looking bike, BTW. thanks for posting. Enjoy!
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That's what I'm talking about! How's the 100 miles a week going?
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That's what I'm talking about! How's the 100 miles a week going?
Falling short, but now that the steed is back up I'm hoping to get those numbers.
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Those rollers can sneak up on you, best description of how it feels to ride on them for a long period of time was that when they come in groups after the third and forth set of the rollers you don't gather enough momentum to carry you up and over the following gradients and you keep burning matches to crest them. After a while you feel like the short downhill sections aren't there. Then an old creek's stream bed gets thrown in and you have to climb out, on a 17 or so, upward section (note that the term "uphill" was not used please.)

You don't dare use the terms hill, climb or steep, since someone is waiting to tell you Florida is flat everywhere. They sure don't live in NW Florida.

That said, I still want to get up to some true climbing areas and experience an actual hill, or even a mountain or two.

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Aren't headwinds horizontal hills?
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OK, I'll pick up that gauntlet Maybe my CAAD3 R600 is just different (vs some of the earlier models that were "left to rise a bit too long before they were baked") but I find its ride rewards us old codgers quite well - decrepit, skinny and reasonably fit on my 66th trip around the elliptic. I like my C'Dale real well and sometimes it just wants to go on a tear.......and I go with it.

Great looking bike, BTW. thanks for posting. Enjoy!
Even for us 66 year olds there's a lot of fun in railing the turns.

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I really like those Cannondale "crits." "Rs'" . What was the one that came with a steel fork ?
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I really like those Cannondale "crits." "Rs'" . What was the one that came with a steel fork ?
rs is the road frame. I believe the pre 3.0 had the steel fork. My son has an 87 crit it has the steel fork.
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@pastorbobnlnh, I thought that headwinds were just a fact of life, living in a coastal area its just another day with winds everyday. That is definitely the lowest gearing have seen on a road series 'Dale

My bad on the year of my SR300, memory is one thing that gives me fits. Mine was a 1990 model, I believe that was the last year for the SR300, the catalogs on Vintage Cannondale show the SR400 as the entry level model.

For the money the Suntour components were just fine, and the shifting was excellent as were its brakes. I'd build one in a heartbeat of I ever came across a suitable frameset, in decent knick. Everything completely stock, according to the 1990 Catalog.

BTW, I still ride Cannondale CAAD frames, my prime mover is my CAAD 10, with 6800 Ultegra. Love my "Dale.

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I'm in love with my sons 87. If it was larger I'd snake it from him. He never rides it. It's too beautiful to let sit.

Original minus the seat, pedals, and nitto stem.
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Lol. I'm in the Gainesville area and all the sinkholes have made for some interesting geography here.

It's a 93. I was going to polish it up, but I decided to hold off and just get it all together.
Am in GNV as well. I always enjoy when I hit the sinkholes. Moved in from New Mexico. Still trying to adapt to no winter and humidity. :/
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Am in GNV as well. I always enjoy when I hit the sinkholes. Moved in from New Mexico. Still trying to adapt to no winter and humidity. :/
Sweet! We should ride sometime!
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Sweet! We should ride sometime!
Message me sometime. Sunday mornings are my best available time, though an occasional Saturday ride can happen
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@pastorbobnlnh, I thought that headwinds were just a fact of life, living in a coastal area its just another day with winds everyday. That is definitely the lowest gearing have seen on a road series 'Dale

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I know all about your FL headwinds. I usually pluck away at 200-400 miles when I'm in FL each April on this little beast. Notice the largest sprocket is a 24T and I'm normally riding the 53T front chainring.



Back to the '93 R600: I'm actually thinking about springing for a 11-36 cassette to lower the gearing further!

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