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Old 01-16-16, 12:51 PM
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Buying a used bike

I'm buying a used cannondale from my lbs. I'm getting new handle bar tape and tires on it. Just wandering if anyone would know what year a bike it is. Store says it a 90's not sure what year thou. I'm buying it used cause I haven't road a skinny bike in a very long time. I figure if I do like it then maybe next year buy a newer one. I'm thinking new pedals are in the future also.
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Old 01-16-16, 12:52 PM
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Flip it over. There is a serial number under the bottom bracket shell which you can look up online to get a lot of info about make and model.
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1990 Cannondale ST400. Best guess.

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I hope you are a big boy. That's a big boy bike. I guess it would fit someone of 6'0" and taller.
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If there is no model number painted on the frame (e.g., SM800 on my 93 Cannondale SM800 MTB) then you need to do a little sleuthing based upon the date it was made. You can look up Cannondale bikes on BikePedia by year and perhaps match the paint color and components, assuming they are original components.

Unfortunately, Bikepedia does no go back beyond 1993 or you would be able to get a complete "picture" of the bike such as component list and MSRP

Where to find the serial # on the bike and hints on getting the exact age within a year or so based upon date codes on the components https://vintagecannondale.com/info/
or manufacture date by serial # https://www.ehow.com/how_6906282_do-d...ale-bike_.html

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Old 01-16-16, 03:16 PM
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1990 Cannondale ST400. Best guess.
I hope you are a big boy. That's a big boy bike. I guess it would fit someone of 6'0" and taller.
Yep, that head tube is kinda tall and I see the saddle is all the way down, meaning someone set it up so you could ride a bike thats too bike for you.
Does the shop have anything that actually fits you?
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Old 01-16-16, 07:30 PM
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Yes I am like 6'2" ish. They said the bike firs me good. I am picking it up on Monday. I'll post a new pic with the new tape an tires on it.
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Could be a 1987-1989 SR500 series.

I remember those. Those looked real nice for being such old bikes.

Here's some catalogs of the old cannondales.

https://vintagecannondale.com/catalog/

I suggest you look through those!
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I pretty much only am interested in used bikes. I do my own maintenance work, but it is good to have a bike that the shop has "tuned".

How much are they asking?

Do you know the frame size? 60 to 62 cm?

Frame sizes have shrunk a bit over the years. I ride a bit larger frame (60cm, I think, for 5'10"). Is the seat height in the photo adjusted for you?

Anyway, I think it looks like a nice bike. A few things have changed over the years that you need to be aware of. Movement of downtube shifters to brifters. The DT shifters are still functional and easy to get accustomed to, but an older style. Upgrading can be a couple hundred. Also a change from 1" quill stems to 1 1/8" external stems. Again, both styles are functional, but yours is an older model.

Also, keep in mind there are quite a few good deals on Craigslist, but often needing a full "tune-up".
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Old 01-16-16, 11:59 PM
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Thanks. It's a 60 cm and asking $200.
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Old 01-17-16, 06:40 AM
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That stem looks high. How much of it is still in the steerer tube? It should be at least 2 inches and the Mininum Insertion Mark should NOT be visible.

Are you going to be comfortable reaching down to those downtube shifters to shift gears? Maybe the shop would set the bike up on a trainer so you could try it out plus check the fit?

As someone else mentioned, nowadays the shifter and brake lever are an integrated unit mounted on the handlebar. That makes shifting easier and most people shift more often because of it.

I see it has a triple crankset and cantilever brakes. That indicates that it's a touring bike. I also see that the rear tire is pretty close to the chainstay bridge. it might be a problem to fit bigger tires if you decided later you wanted them.

What size are the wheels - 700C or 27 inches?

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Old 01-17-16, 07:35 AM
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I'm curious. Why do you care what year the bike was manufactured? I pick over all of the features and such but I never cared about how old a bike might be.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I'm curious. Why do you care what year the bike was manufactured? I pick over all of the features and such but I never cared about how old a bike might be.
I like to be able to look up old online catalogs and learn a little about my older bikes.

For instance, I learned my Raleigh has a CroMo main triangle and hi-tensile fork, chainstays, and seatstays. I could see the difference when I sanded the bike, but I would not have known what the difference was without doing research.

Likewise, I learned that my Cannondale has a steel fork. It Looks aluminum, in that it is straight, high-diameter tubing, not arced and whippy-looking like most steel forks. Such stuff interests me.
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Old 01-17-16, 12:47 PM
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I was just curious to know what it is. What's it supposed to look like the components it's supposed to have. I think the shifting won't be a problem for know as it's just a trial bike for me. The tires are 700c. I will definitely check out the stem tomorrow at the bike store. Hope it warms up a little so I can go ride it when I get home. -1 for a high today is a little to brisk for me.
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Nice touring bike. $200 from a shop? Good deal.
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Old 01-18-16, 05:21 PM
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Got it back today went around the block with it. Not used to being bent over like that wow. Pedals will be upgraded in the future. Here it is now
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It's an "ST" series, with the T for touring. The "SR" were racing.
I agree it's probably at vintagecannondale.

Looks like late 1980s to me. The serial # was sometimes under 1 of the chainstays.

Good deal for $200. Looks in good shape from here, with lots of life in it.

Be careful of those plastic top tube cable guides. They're not too rugged and tough to replace-repair.
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Agreed it's a good deal for $200. Even if you decide it's not for you, you should have little problem getting your money back.
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Yeah, it's a good deal for $200 since the bike shop probably cleaned it up, tuned it and made sure it is in decent condition. Transitioning to a road bike will take some time to build up core muscles. The butt might complain a bit too.
And skinny tires and shorter wheel base can make the bike feel wobbly/unstable until you get used to the feel.

You can start out riding every other day and give yourself a day off to recover. Shorter rides will also be less taxing on your body.

I think this is a good plan! If you decide the bike isn't your thing, you can recover most of the cost by selling.
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Don't be concerned about downtube shifters. They are about the most bomb-proof shifting mechanism ever made and are quite easy to use with a little practice. My first road bike was a Trek 1500 with DT shifters. I'm an average rider with no special skill level and had absolutely no problem riding it in traffic, club rides or hilly country around the lakes. Brifters are nice but not a necessity. For general commuting, recreation, non-competitive group rides or fitness riding this bike will serve you well. You may want to look into upgrading the saddle as that is one contact point that has come a long way in 25 years.

Enjoy! Ride long and prosper.
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