|My R800 road bike|
|1998 Catalog shot|
|Super Mario in Yellow winning tour Stage - Killin' it!|
Fast forward to about 2005 and my new neighbor turns out not only to be a fellow cyclist (Former CAT 5), he also rides a Cannondale R800 and he is a beer fridge in the garage kind of cool. And the kicker is his wifes' bike is a Saeco team edition Cannondale in Viper red that I had so lusted after 5 years before!!... sadly it is a wee tiny 49cm bike with 650c wheels and tires (ISO 571) never to be ridden by this clydesdale LOL.
|what I would look like on a 49cm bike|
My buddies' wife never rode her Cannondale much, I don't think it was comfortable for her, and she moved on to a nice hybrid she rides with the kids. So the Saeco has been hanging in the garage, collecting sawdust most of the last decade, until today that is. My buddy is clearing out his garage and talked about selling the Cannondale in our annual community wide garage sale in May- I once scored a sweet vintage Takara at the May event. I quickly offered to to try and sell it for him on Craigslist for much more than he is thinking of asking at the garage sale in exchange for a small commission. It's not like I don't have the time these days while I am looking for work. Anyway after 14 years I finally got my hands on a Cannondale Saeco team edition road bike.....well one built for elves that is.
Feels a bit weird to be talking about a Aluminum frame/carbon fork bike on the blog but it is where I got my roadie start even if I am a fully converted lover of lugged Steel. Cannondale is very proud of their computer aided design and this is an early example, as was my CAAD3 R800
|105 not too bling, not to blah just right|
Anyway thanks for indulging me in a little trip down Aluminum...err..Memory lane.
As always ride.smile.repeat.