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Old 03-10-08, 12:57 PM
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My new Cannondale T2000 Build

I finally finished my bike this weekend. I built it from the frame up over the past nine months or so and it rides like a dream. It has the hard panniers on it for around town and city wheels on it. I'll swap them out for a good touring set come summer.

2006 T2000 Frame
Shimano XT Rear Derailleur
Shimano 440 Front Derailleur
Shimano LX Touring Crank Set
Shimano 440 Shifters
Topo Brake Levers
Nashbar Seatpost
Rear Rack (was included)
Rear Light (was included)
Jandd Front Rack
Front LX Der. & Grundge Guard
SRAM PG970 11x34 Cassette
Planet Freedy Fenders
Brooks Champion Flyer Saddle
Matching Brooks Tape and Flaps
Scott AT-4 Pro Bars
Shiman R440 Shifters
Brake Levers
Cane Creek Solos Headset
Headset Install
KMC Chain
Seat Post (from another bike)
Cannondale Stem

The coolest part of the whole build is the handlebars. Ever since I first saw them a few years ago, I knew I wanted them for my touring bike one day. When I started building this bike, I couldn't find them any more, even on ebay. So I posted a message on this board asking if any one had any. Someone responded (I wont share his name in case he wants some annonimity) saying they knew why I wanted them because he had been using them for years but that he didn't have a spare to sell. He did however have a set of AT-4 (not the pro version) and asked if I'd like those. I said ok and gave him my address and asked for his paypal so I could pay him. A week later the bars showed up but he would never tell me how much he wanted for them. A generous gift from a stranger. I started to strip the bars and slowly paint them black. After a couple of weeks, the same guy emails me back and says he found a set of the AT-4 Pro's brand new on the shelf and would I like them. I was thrilled and said, get them, I'll pay you whatever you want for them. He again sends them free of charge! The kindness of a stranger made it possible for me to build my dream bike.





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Old 03-10-08, 01:08 PM
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Very nice bike...glad to hear you encountered a random act of kindness during the build....I hope you have many pleasant miles with your new rig.....
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That's a great looking bike.
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fantastic you done a great job on the build,so what's the story with the pannier's there a first for me. are you not restricted to the amount of gear you can carry in them mind you they look good.glad you got the bar's you wanted and a new friend to boot ,so take care of that bike and hope you enjoy it, im sure you will.
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Thanks all!

Anto, the panniers are a set I just picked up for running errands around town. They will be replaced with a proper set this summer.
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Could you give some more information on those panniers? I don't think I've ever seen them before. I'm intrigued.
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Very fine quality touring rig. That will suit any touring needs.

Do you find that that frame feels harsh? Mine does.
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Neezy,

I haven't noticed it being harsh but the Champion Flyer seat really absorbs a lot of shock compared to my B17 & B72 equipped bikes.

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I don't know much about them other than they say Armadillo on the sides. I picked them up on ebay a couple of weeks ago. I did a search on the web for them but couldn't find anything. When I got them they said Police on the side but the stickers practically fell off they were so old. They are nice for commuting but would be horrible for touring due to limited space.

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From a fellow T2000 owner, great job on the build. I really like the handle bar setup. You have the same front rack that I use. I've had so many people ask me about the rack and where I got it. My T2000 is pretty much the stock bike right out of the box but it is the best touring bike I have ever used and I love riding it.
Where do you plan on going for your maiden voyage? What panniers do you use for touring when you take off the hard case set ?
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We'll start out here around Chicago. My son wants to do some bike camping this summer so we'll find some place we can ride to over a couple of days. My cousin and I are considering a Chicago to New Orleans trip this fall. I don't have a set of touring panniers yet, thats my next purchase.
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