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The Cannondale That Won My Heart, 1986 SR 500

Old 01-14-09, 12:37 PM
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That's a nice looking bike. I have an '87 SR 400 with the custom airbrushing, and have been toying with the idea of updating it with modern components for a while.
Thanks its been updated to a mix of Utegra drive 10 speed train with 105 STI shifters all bought new when on sale or off ebay new so didn't really spend that much the the bike as given to me and was in great shape so I put a little into it rides great and is down to 19 lbs as it sits.
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I have an SR500 too. Mine is from '83, the first year Cannondale made bikes. It has the tange steel fork, 56cm c-c frame. If anyone wants it, send me a pm.
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I briefly had a plum colored 85 SR500. I got it for 80 bucks off Manhattan's CL which is a pretty obscene deal relatively speaking. It felt like snowboarding to me - faster than I could handle with the insult of knowing that if I were a better rider the thing would be an enviable rocket. Also it was a smidge small for my lank. Miss the frame but kept all the Sprint stuff on it. Great bike.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
I have an SR500 too. Mine is from '83, the first year Cannondale made bikes. It has the tange steel fork, 56cm c-c frame. If anyone wants it, send me a pm.
You don't know how much I want one after this thread, and how much I'm resisting PM'ing you about it... I just can't afford another bike right now. Especially one I'd build up to be quite modern.
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Old 06-09-09, 04:58 PM
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I just came across this post while searching for 1986 Cannondales on Google. I have an '86 SR 400 I bought when I was a sophomore in High School. I just got done dusting it off and making it ridable again. It's a gorgeous 54cm Navy Blue frame. I can't believe Cannondale used DuPont Imron paint on their bikes back then. This thing lights up when the sun hits it. I'll post some pics when it's sunny out.

PS: When I looked at their '86 Catalog, I was drooling as I was back then over the red SR 900 with Campy Nuovo Record. Unbelievable!
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Old 06-09-09, 05:25 PM
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Niiice.
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Old 06-09-09, 09:19 PM
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Just last week I tuned up a 1987 ST400 for a friend's son. The bike had been left outside for a couple months. There was a bit of rust, and the fork was super rusty. I tried to spin the front and rear wheels. Al i got was this sound liek I was dragging them across a bad road. They each spun about two times freely and then stopped. I opened up the hubs, and cleaned all the crap outta them and repacked them. Cleaned up the chain. The fork was rusty and the paint was chipped all over the bike. It looked like hell.

I got on for the final test ride...WHOA!!!! Fast. Nimble. But still enough room for rack/panniers/fenders!!!! I have been scanning CL for one ever since. I WILL have an old ST to replace my current commuter hybrid.
The old ST's would make THE PERFECT commuter bike.
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Old 06-09-09, 09:39 PM
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Here's my updated 1988 ST400 I love the ride better than my 2005 T800.



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I owned a now Vintage 1987 SR800 "Black Lighning" Cannondale the frames were Criterium geometry on all the SR series components were the major difference. Personally, I still really love the ride of those late 80's Cannondale road bikes.
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Yeah, I belong to a Non-Profit Org that's all Volunteer, and I rebuild bikes for a lot of our Mentally or Physically Disabled folks around here.
I came across a 1987 Cannondale Criterium with everything but the Chain, Tires or Rims at the Landfill.
That's where I go to find Frames & Parts to rebuild for Free for these folks. Most of them can't Drive, or "Need" to keep in shape.
Now I just have to find out What tires & Rims work for it. And find some pretty cheaply or Free for it, lol.
I'm disabled myself, after being Paralyzed for a year & a half after falling off a 2 1/2 story roof.
After neck Surgery I'm back up and in fair shape, but at 51 yrs old, I want to stay in shape myself after getting back in decent shape myself. After a year & a Half in a Hospital Bed.
But I was impressed with how light this Bike is!
I got it the same place I got my Marin Muirwoods Bike which I love.
Most everything I do is all Volunteer (Absolutely Free!) just because I love helping folks. And it keeps me busy.
But I tear every Bike down to the Bare Frames, remove and repair or Replace all the Cables, Bearings, Tubes, Tires, Gears, etc....
And now the Ragbrai Riders have discovered me, lol. I get a bunch of them bringing me their bikes to fix or get ready for Ragbrai...
Any advice folks on the tires & rims for this Cannondale criterium?
Every now and again, if I find a really Nice Bike that's been thrown away at the landfill I'll rebuild & sell it to help buy more parts for all of my Volunteer repairs to keep helping our Disabled & Homeless folks...
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I just purchased an 86 SR500 frame 2 weeks ago and this thread has me so excited to start the build, once getting it back from having it powdercoated black, with white decal reproductions.

Having all components ready, I'm going modern on the rest of the components so I'm adding a Ritchey carbon fork, fizik carbon drops, a full Shimano Sora 2x9 groupset, Mavic Aksium wheels, a cannondale carbon seatpost, and a specialized power comp saddle (I have one on my Sirrus and have no pain problems, even on a 40 mile ride).
Hoping I can squeeze in some pirelli 26c tires (I usually run 28's on my new bikes but will be happy enough if I can fit 25's.).
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