This will kill you but I was walking to the supermarket on Saturday with my daughters when I spotted what looked like a neglected BMX frame in amongst someones garden mess. I looked a little closer and noticed it had XTR V-brakes. I then saw it was a really rather sad looking old Cannondale. In true Vic & Bob style I thought to myself 'I'm avin' that'! I knocked on the door and asked the owner using the seven French words I know (I live in France) whether he wanted to sell it. The guy then said what I thought was one euro, one euro, surely not! I got my euro out and the guy seemed happy, is this happening I thought. Anyway, we carried the poor old girl home, me the frame and my daughters each a wheel.
Kind of shell-shocked I began to clean it up & soon realized it was a half decent bike. What I have is a 1999 (I checked the serial numbers on vintagecannondale.com) F-something. It's weird, someone once loved this bike and threw some decent money at it. It has a rear gen 1 Mavic Crossmax with a front later Crossmax XL. XTR brakes, XT levers and shifters, L&M crank, everything else was gash (tyres, cables, seat etc).
So, what do I do with it? Do I like it? Not sure but it's bonkers light. It needs a new rear hanger and a new boot. I re-greased the headshok bearings (about the most difficult bike maintenance I think I've ever done) and it seems like a nice bike. Frame size is small and it has a small wheel base.
1. Fix it up as I'm doing with bits from the shed.
2. Spend money on it and add headset converter (1 1/4 to 1 1/8) and use with proper forks with new disc wheels (£500+),
3. Part it out and make some money on it.
Would be interested to gather your thoughts.