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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:35 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:56 am
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
from almost the lowest depths of the Cannondale range in 1988, this SM400 came to me in 2011 complete except for wheels.

Its had a hard life.

Spraybomb paint job and some very rough repairs made it an unlikely candidate for restoration, so its become a singlespeed beater instead. Not a lot spent and not built to be pretty, this one can wait for the right time to get its rat looks improved.

Still got its dia-compe (diabolical...) brakes and the original cranks, stem, bars and fork. Everything else was either in the parts box or traded for as little cash as possible!

No chain tensioner even with the almost vertical dropouts - a lucky break with chain length...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:25 pm 
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Joined: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:16 pm
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Location: Maine, USA
Hey man! Great looking bike!
I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to do this same conversion to an old SM400 I had lying around!
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It should serve me well, as a quick low maintenance way to get around town!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:29 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:39 pm
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twins....how cute!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:38 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:56 am
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
haha! Great fun to ride this thing. It now has a tensioner and went to a 17 tooth freewheel cos the dicta 16 tooth crapped out (as they do...) Otherwise its as in the images and has been as reliable as a housebrick.

Hope you have lots of fun with yours!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:40 am 
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Joined: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:16 pm
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Location: Maine, USA
ah! I bought a shimano 16T freewheel, I've read mixed reviews but hopefully she holds up. Did you have to use the tensioner because of the 17T or did the 16T without a tensioner end up not working out?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:13 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:56 am
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Probably could have got away without the tensioner on both 16 and 17 tooth. Call it fashion and it was only $20...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:02 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:27 pm
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Location: US
That is a very clean and elegant bike. Bling is highly overrated.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:55 pm 
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Location: Pacific Northwest
I love those old 'Dales


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:06 am 
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I love the clean look it has without the tensioner


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:22 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:56 am
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
yeah, agree on the clean look, but the tensioner did that nice parallel chain runs thing...

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