View Full Version : 1985 Cannondale touring

10-31-2012, 10:44 AM
This bike was purchased new by my father-in-law in 1985, who rode it hard until buying a new Cannondale touring bike. I inherited it several years ago with the original 6-speed friction Shimano 600 and 27" wheels.

Nearly everything has been replaced since then. It's now a mix of 7-speed indexed Shimano, 700c wheels, Nitto bar/stem, Regal saddle, Gran Copme 610 centerpulls, and 32mm Pasela's. The only original parts are the front derailleur, brake levers, and 50t chainring.

This bike is smooth, in spite of its thick aluminum tubing. Rides like a Cadillac!



10-31-2012, 11:40 AM
I've always had a soft spot for these. I love that chrome fork.

11-03-2012, 05:10 PM
When Cannondales were Cannondales. Love the centerpulls.

11-03-2012, 10:20 PM

Those older Cannondales just do it for me.
I'm really hoping to find one for myself someday.

Any future changes planned?

11-04-2012, 09:22 AM
Thanks for the kind words! It's been fun "updating" the bike, while still maintaining the character.

As for future changes, the only thing I would want to change is the crankset. I'd love to find some engraved Shimano 600's in 175 length, but those are pretty rare birds.

11-05-2012, 06:30 AM
Sister bike, although updated with STI's.

Haven't seen a chrome fork like that on an ST before- did your Dad have that done?


11-05-2012, 11:43 AM
Cool build! I've wondered what an ST would look like with more modern stuff... turns out it looks great! Did you keep the 126 spacing in the rear? If so, is that a 9-speed cassette with only 8 cogs? Also, did you bike originally come with 27" wheels?

Mine's an ST-400. I inherited the bike with the original blue Tange fork, but last year it started bending out of alignment (even after a framebuilder re-aligned it). I figured it was about to fail completely. A replacement fork was hard to come by, but I finally found a threaded fork with enough rake on eBay. I like the look of the original fork better, but the chrome is acceptable.