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what to do with this old cannondale super v700

Old 06-10-15, 07:32 AM
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what to do with this old cannondale super v700

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hi, ive had this old bike knocking around a few years, i bought it for 20 from a friend. it has never been particularly comfortable. i hope you guys can help me with some suggestions on how to make it bettter for cheap (or just not bother). id like to do mainly road riding, country lanes, very hilly on it but with a bit af trail riding thrown in. the short bars dont look particularly cool and was wondering about getting some longer ones, what size would suit?
the rear gear cable has limited movement, its seized in the tube, but the bracket that holds the tube looks like it could snap off if i mess around with it too much. is that likely to beexpensive to re-weld?
it needs new tyres but as i dont do that much off-road would it be worth getting slicks? basically i want it to look as fat as possible. im hoping that will make it look better. i cant quite put my finger on why it looks so crap, (apart from being ancient). the v brakes are probable ok for me although i wouldnt mind discs, those old rock shox dont look like they'll take 'em though.

any help much appreciated

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Old 06-10-15, 07:48 AM
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Old 06-10-15, 08:29 AM
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Personally, I think you have a tough project ahead of you. I don't see too many ways of building the bike without spending more money than I would like to spend and then you'll end up with a full suspension bike and use it where you'll never need the suspension. I have recently gotten into mountain biking, a lot of miles on the road, and have built my bikes from the frame up and it isn't particularly cheap and not always easy to find the older parts and I ride hardtails.

I think you have a few options, either sell it and buy a hardtail, a rigid fork if the trails are fairly smooth, or buy an older hardtail and pirate as many parts off both bikes to make one good one. You can also go with a drop bar cross bike which may be the best route.

I am usually in the restore camp when it comes to older bikes, but since you don't even like it, I think you just need to move on.

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Old 06-10-15, 02:01 PM
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Put It In working order then find some poor kid, a stranger and make his day or donate it to a church....
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