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Old 12-13-10, 11:34 PM
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Bad idea?

I have an 80's Cannondale 12 speed road bike that is definitely a project bike. I got it for next to nothing with the intention of stripping it and rebuilding it as a daily winter beater. The frame, forks, headset, and bars are good, but just about everything else is bent, warped, or otherwise worn out. Now for the bad idea? part of my post. Don't flame me, but I'm going to look a a Denali 21 speed off CL in the morning. Price is cheap. Supposedly it is brand new, still has tags on it. At first I thought that it would have the ****ty grip shifters on it, but the seller claims that it doesn't. Could be that she doesn't know what she's talking about. Anyhow, if it has something besides Revo on it, I'm seriously considering buying it, stripping it, and using the parts on the Cannondale. Or would I be better taking my cash, lighting it on fire, and roasting a marshmallow? Flame on...
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Old 12-13-10, 11:52 PM
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more trouble than it's worth, imo. the parts on the walmart bike are nothing impressive, your old cannondale parts might be better.
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Old 12-14-10, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by tFUnK View Post
more trouble than it's worth, imo. the parts on the walmart bike are nothing impressive, your old cannondale parts might be better.
Problem with the Cannondale is that the parts are trashed. The rear axle is warped, I'm pretty sure that a crank is bent, the front derailleur is bent, the front wheel bearings are shot, and that's just what I can think of off the top of my head. It is a pretty weird mix of parts too. At some point it was taken apart and put back together with random leftover parts.
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Old 12-14-10, 12:07 AM
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get rid of the frame or convert it to singlespeed. don't try to polish a turd by buying more turd.
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Old 12-14-10, 12:15 AM
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don't try to polish a turd by buying more turd.
You said it well. I think I'll save my $$ and get my son a vintage BMX.
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i think that bike is dead, bury it.
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Old 12-14-10, 12:21 AM
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You might also consider making a long-term project. Just save a few searches on eBay and snap up used parts as they appear for a glorious restoration. It could be fun, and you'd learn the thing inside and out.
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Old 12-14-10, 01:02 AM
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I can't imagine any possible scenario where you don't end up regretting that.
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List it on CL for cheap. Don't throw it away.
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I ditched it on CL for what I had into it and replaced it with a 1987 Bianchi Volpe. The guy that bought it from me had it all fixed up the following day. Proper tools and motivation makes all the difference..........
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