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Need advice on bikembakercad
Jul 28, 2003 9:55 AM
I'm looking to buy my first road bike and need some advice. I want to keep it cheap as possible for now, if I find myself riding a lot I would get a nicer bike later.

A coworker has a Cannondale R900 56cm(approx 96 model) for sale, he is asking $350. The bike is supposed to be in good working condition and comes with speedplay pedals. I'm 6' and have been told that a 58cm would fit me best. Should this be a concern?

Would I be better off buying a new entry level bike or should I go for the used Cannondale? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks,
re: Need advice on bikembakercad
Jul 28, 2003 10:00 AM
Actually I think the bike is a 94 or 95 model if that matters.
re: Need advice on bikePaulCL
Jul 28, 2003 10:02 AM
A deal isn't a deal unless the bike fits. Start by going to your local bike shop and get fitted. In fact, go to two or three shops. Some shops will "fit" you to whatever frame they want to get rid of.

I'm 6'+ and rode a 58cm (really 59cm) comfortabley, but now ride a 60cm. What components does the Cannondale have on it?? How old?? Wheelset??

paul
re: Need advice on bike03Vortex
Jul 28, 2003 10:25 AM
The BEST advice that can be given at this point is to go to the LBS to be fitted first.If any bike doesn't fit properly, you will be miserable. Many places to look into buying a used bike if that is what you choose. Many LBS will have used for sale as well. First, determine your size and fit.
re: Need advice on bikembakercad
Jul 28, 2003 10:51 AM
Thanks for the replys. I have not seen the bike yet so I cannot comment on the compenents. According to Cannondales website a 97 R900 came equiped with Shimano Ultegra 8-speed STI components.

I have visited my LBS but I was just browsing road bikes at the time. The salemen recommended a 58cm bike but I was not 'fitted' to a bike. Is it unreasonable to go up or down one size from ideal?
If you are 6' even, a 56cm should be fine...t-bill
Jul 28, 2003 10:53 AM
If it's in good shape give it a try. But the others give good advice. Get a proper fit calculation. You can check some sources on the web for this as well:

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/
http://www.wrenchscience.com/WS1/Secure/Fitting/Height.asp

Good luck!
re: Need advice on bikeLC
Jul 28, 2003 11:01 AM
A bike from that era is likely 7 speed, which means the rear spacing is 126 mm and you will not be able to upgrade it to 8, 9, or 10 speed. You can not safely spread aluminum bikes.

If you want a Canny, I would try to hold out for at least a CAD 2 or better. You should be able to find one for $350. Before the CAD/CAAD series they were very harsh and heavy bikes.
re: Need advice on bikembakercad
Jul 28, 2003 11:49 AM
--A bike from that era is likely 7 speed, which means the rear spacing is 126 mm and you will not be able to upgrade it to 8, 9, or 10 speed. You can not safely spread aluminum bikes.--

This should not be a problem because I have no interest in upgrading the bike. If I were to buy it I would just use it a year or so then replace it with a much better bike.

--If you want a Canny, I would try to hold out for at least a CAD 2 or better. You should be able to find one for $350. Before the CAD/CAAD series they were very harsh and heavy bikes.--

Now this does concern me because the guy talked like it did predate the CAAD series. Even though I'm looking at a bargin entry level bike I do not want one which will be too harsh or heavy.
re: Need advice on bikeLC
Jul 28, 2003 12:44 PM
I would keep looking then. For limited funds, an old steel bike will ride much more comfortable.
56 sounds too small (NM)shamelessgearwhore
Jul 28, 2003 12:58 PM
56 sounds too small - agreedMariowannabe
Jul 29, 2003 6:00 AM
I have a 56cm Cannondale and it fits me perfectly. I'm 5'10". I beleive Cannondales from that generation have a pretty compact "feel", i.e. a short wheel-base, crit geometry. On my 56, I have the toe over-lappint the front wheel issue that I don't have on my other bikes, that are both 55s.