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Old 01-12-12, 04:40 PM
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'87 Team Comp.
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Old 01-12-12, 04:48 PM
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This thread is inspiring desires I didn't even know I had.
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Those old cannondales look great!
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My Kettler AluRad, still in "as bought" guise:





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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
My Kettler AluRad, still in "as bought" guise:





Cool! I saw a few of these Alu-Rad's locked up outside of the university library, including two mixtes. With fenders. Probably very nice as non-rusting commuters here in our wet corner of the earth.
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I've had three aluminum bikes in my life. One was a Cannondale I bought at a yard sale and flipped on the CL without riding it.

But this one.. Yikes! It seems like yesterday when I bought my
1995 Schwinn 100th Anniversary Super Sport. new. The only brifter bike I've ever ridden.

As I did on several occasions over the years, I low-balled my Schwinn dealer buddy and he took my offer 'cause he was sick of looking at it hanging on the wall.

I rode it only about ten miles.. He told me it was my frame size as they ride shorter frames nowadays and set the post higher. I think it was actually too small. But it was way too quick handling for me, and lots of vibration.

Funny how this year I acquire a 1987 Cannondale and I think it rides great.

So maybe this photo is out of place, but the bike is 17-years-old now.

I sold this to a collector in Andorra La Vella in Europe. He was looking all over the globe for a NOS one. Mine was as close as it gets.

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Old 01-12-12, 05:52 PM
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My 1st AL is a mix of Al and steel. The main triangle is AL and rest was steel.

The 2 others are Cannondales. A 1989 SR300 and 1993 T700



Both Cannondales are on the small side but hopefully can be traded to larger frames.
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Old 01-12-12, 06:06 PM
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Here's your Technium's sibling:
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Originally Posted by Orrery View Post
This thread is inspiring desires I didn't even know I had.
Thats cool.

That's what I like about this forum, you get exposed to so much you might never had thought of or seen before.

It seems alot of guys are turned off at the thought of aluminum until they really see them and hear what their riders think instead of listening to what some guy that never owned one or rode one told them. Although there probably not for everyone, they really are pretty cool in there own way.
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Old 01-12-12, 07:46 PM
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Sometimes when I see all your bikes I feel realy bad about my stable. But then, I can abuse mine without to much guilt.

My 974. It needs a new headset, the original 600 top race cracked, so its got something twice the weight out of the boxes of stuff, the BB is something fairly low end but smooth, and the uniglide to hyperglide swap, while it worked and works, was a cheap cassette I had laying around, and the rear 600 derailer is pretty worn. But this bike is what gets pulled out when I have to keep up with the faster riders around here.

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Old 01-13-12, 02:39 AM
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I have no disdain for aluminum bikes. I like variety and aluminum bikes have been successfully around for a long time. Here's a few old pics of my Vitus 979. I built it up new back in 87. I put a few hundred miles on it and it got hung in a garage and stored for 20 years. I'll have to overhaul it one day and clean her up for fresh photos.

I also recently picked up a 93 Cannondale R500. It's currently torn down and being updated. I also have a not-so C&V aluminum '03 Trek 1000 built as my everyday road bike. I don't notice much of a difference ride-wise compared to my Tange #2 fast sport tourer. But the roads here are darn smooth.


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Old 01-13-12, 03:43 AM
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Old 01-13-12, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
I have no disdain for aluminum bikes. I like variety and aluminum bikes have been successfully around for a long time. Here's a few old pics of my Vitus 979. I built it up new back in 87. I put a few hundred miles on it and it got hung in a garage and stored for 20 years. I'll have to overhaul it one day and clean her up for fresh photos.

I also recently picked up a 93 Cannondale R500. It's currently torn down and being updated. I also have a not-so C&V aluminum '03 Trek 1000 built as my everyday road bike. I don't notice much of a difference ride-wise compared to my Tange #2 fast sport tourer. But the roads here are darn smooth.


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Why would you hang that sweet ride on the wall? Fantastic build, a real time capsule. Even that white saddle shines like the day it was new. What kind of deraillers are mounted on it?
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Old 01-13-12, 07:51 AM
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shipwreck - you've shown the world that aluminum bikes can take some punshment and keep on going. They can even be a quick beater!

WNG - I remember that picture of your Vitus from another thread and I always thought it was a beauty. The color is really great to. Definetly worth a clean-up and some new pics - and a ride to!

Gary Fountain - what can I say except beautiful! Really well put together.

And those Techniums are great. Kind of underated I think, like my Miyata, but they did have some of the best paint jobs of any of the aluminum bikes made.

Keep em coming guys!
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Man, I've been lusting for a 979 for sometime now. I want one in that rose color, like WNGs. So. Hawt.
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Originally Posted by rat fink View Post
Used to have this:


Here's another picture of that Cannondale R800 that I dug up. It doesn't look as shiny here, but you can see the frame better:




That frame is so cool. If you polish it with Mothers periodically, it shines like mercury going down the road. I think a lot of you guys would dig it.

...and from a recent ride:


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Old 01-13-12, 12:24 PM
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Hey rat, she looks good out there in the sun and on the road. I don't see any survival pouches strapped to that bike though. Looks like a long walk with a flat tire! At least you'll have water though...
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Hey rat, she looks good out there in the sun and on the road. I don't see any survival pouches strapped to that bike though. Looks like a long walk with a flat tire! At least you'll have water though...
Thanks. We had everything we needed in our jersey pockets. The lowest point in that photo is higher than where we rode from. Here's one more from that ride, (from the summit), then I'll stop:




I took that pic from on top of a big rock. If I had taken it from street level, you would not even be able to those other mountains.

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Pure artwork! Beautiful and the first Klein we've seen...
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Another Alan, a "cityfied" 1984 cyclocross.

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great looking beer can bikes.
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Why would you hang that sweet ride on the wall? Fantastic build, a real time capsule. Even that white saddle shines like the day it was new. What kind of deraillers are mounted on it?
After it was built and ridden for two Summers in NYC, I took a job out of town, and left it stored at my parents' house. I then moved to Boston for 15 years. The Vitus was among many things that got left behind due to space constraints. When I moved to PHX, I retrieved everything I wanted when I passed through NYC. The Panaracer tires still have nubs sticking out of them, and the Rose anodizing isn't UV faded, and is as rich as when new. But the Campy Record hubs show the grease has oozed out of them and dried up. It requires a thorough going over before I once again throw a leg over it. It has a Campy Super Record RD w/ BullsEye pulleys. The front is a Dura Ace 7400. The Super Record FD shifts less precisely so I went with what was best at the time. I should find a SR FD to complete the look though. Hmmm.

Giacomo 1 and rat fink:
Thanks for the compliments! Yeah this pretty French gal deserves to be taken out into the Sun. The Rose anodizing is quite an attention getter in the flesh. I'll make it a priority to get some updated pics...ride pics. I also have a Red/White/blue Technium frame in a storage box...but that one is a bit big for me.

The polished R800 Cannondale is so wicked nice. Shiny aluminum contrasted with black...perfect!
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In my case, the only aluminum one I've owned (so far) was an '89 Schwinn 564. Got it from Poguemahone, built it up Shimano 600 tricolor, and unfortunately didn't get along with the bike all that well. Something about it just didn't feel right. The frameset ended up going to Robbie Tunes (if my memory is still good), and the components are now on my purple Rossin.

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