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I Picked Up A New (to me) Cannondale T700 Touring Bike Today

Old 06-04-12, 06:58 PM
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I Picked Up A New (to me) Cannondale T700 Touring Bike Today

I've been wanting a touring-type bike for commuting for a while. but just didn't want to choke up the dough for one. I really wanted the Salsa Casseroll but didn't want to part with $1,200 (I'm cheap, or as I like to call it, frugal). So, I check Craigslist once in a while but I get tired of seeing the same old stuff for too much money.

Last week I ran across an ad for a Cannondale T700 in good shape and finally got to hook up with the owner today to look at it. It's in good shape with new Continental tires and brake cables/housing. It did not come with a saddle or pedals (he wanted to keep his Brooks and I have an extra Brooks and loads of pedals at the house). The paint is really nice and it only has one cable guide that is missing on the top tube (cable tied at the moment). I paid him $350 for it. I don't know if he should have included dinner and a kiss at that price or not but it seemed fair to me anyway.
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Old 06-04-12, 07:01 PM
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I would have at least bought him a beer!

Nice ride, I remember when those first came out...

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Great looker! I have been so tempted with the Cannondale tourers but just wasn't sure about the stiff aluminum ride. After some saddle time, let us know how you like 'er!
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recumbent toad, Those are excellent touring bikes, I have one slightly older than yours ('95).

All good tourers have stiff frames to control the extra gear they often carry. I rode my T bike with it's 35 mm tires almost exclusively last year because of the road damage caused by the drought. Just myself and perhaps 20 lbs. on the rear rack 65 PSI tire pressure was fine, 75 PSI for the rear if I carried more weight. I bought mine as a project bike and one good thing I did was to mount a front brake cable housing stop onto the fork. This reduced braking judder quite a bit. I modified a Tektro unit, but there are better options I later learned, which I can't remember the name of.

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Old 06-05-12, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
I would have at least bought him a beer!
Well, I don't think it was that good of a deal.
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Great looker! I have been so tempted with the Cannondale tourers but just wasn't sure about the stiff aluminum ride. After some saddle time, let us know how you like 'er!
I get very tempted whenever I see a Black Lightening, but if I don't like the stiff ride of my Trek 1.1 AL, I don't think I'll like it on a Cannondale.
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They're considered one of the best of the loaded touring class for good reason. Keep the 35 mm Top Touring tires for "just riding". Those frames are stiffer than anything ever made and the tires will add some cushioning. For touring, I went with 28's on my 94 T1000 and it worked out nicely.

Great price on a quality bike.
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In the forums other than C&V, the perceived stiffness of aluminum frames is accurately referred to as a placebo effect. I sold Cannondale bikes from the beginning, back when they were shipped with the frame in one box and the parts in another, and I don't remember anyone ever saying that they were especially stiff until the advent of online forums.

Exception: torsional stiffness. Large-diameter frame tubes are obviously going to be torsionally stiffer than smaller-diameter tubes. For any bike, but especially touring bikes, racing bikes, and tandems, that's a very good thing.
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Hey, that's a great looking bike. I wonder how the cable guide got gone.
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Originally Posted by 1FJEF View Post
Hey, that's a great looking bike. I wonder how the cable guide got gone.
From what I understand, being plastic, they were kind of easy to break. Trouble is, I don't think you can get them anymore.
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Nice bike!

You won't get the same ride as you would with a casseroll. A casseroll would be more similar to a sport touring trek.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
In the forums other than C&V, the perceived stiffness of aluminum frames is accurately referred to as a placebo effect. I sold Cannondale bikes from the beginning, back when they were shipped with the frame in one box and the parts in another, and I don't remember anyone ever saying that they were especially stiff until the advent of online forums.

Exception: torsional stiffness. Large-diameter frame tubes are obviously going to be torsionally stiffer than smaller-diameter tubes. For any bike, but especially touring bikes, racing bikes, and tandems, that's a very good thing.
Frankly I'd have a hard time believing that it's "accurately" a placebo. I'm from Missouri, as they say. I was a fit 200 lbs then and carried an estimated 60 lbs of gear with me and I could climb hills out of the saddle and never hear chain rub the front rings. The bike always responded to what you put into it. I also used a CAD2 R500 for a few years of weekend fast rides. It was a very jarring ride but not as stiff as the tourer. If I'm not mistaken, the early 90's T-bikes also had larger down tubes and chainstays as well.

There weren't any online forums back then and every experienced rider I knew considered C-dales to be stiff, so I don't know what that's all about.

I gave away my last cable guide a few years ago. Probably the worst part of the C-dale design.

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Originally Posted by 1FJEF View Post
Hey, that's a great looking bike. I wonder how the cable guide got gone.
I can't tell positively, but if it's the front guide, they can break if the handlebars are turned to near full lock suddenly and the cable housing is a bit short. With age they become brittle.

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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
Nice bike!

You won't get the same ride as you would with a casseroll. A casseroll would be more similar to a sport touring trek.
Yeah, I know. I test rode a Casseroll and really liked it, but I'm in at $350 instead of $1.200, so, it's all good.
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