The Purple Cannondale




Earlier thus summer my son spotted an old touring bike leaning against the hedges of an elderly neighbor’s yard with a handwritten sign across the top tube saying “free.”

We retrieved the bike and squirreled it away to our garage. This weekend, I finally had a little time to work on it.

It needed new tires and tubes, that much was clear. The rest of it showed rusty cables, and some corrosion on quick releases and other metal parts. But other than the tires practically disintegrating in my hands, everything worked.

The rims were different, kind of shallow. My son played assistant for the project and if became a team effort. He was equally excited to see it roll again. The chain was pretty rusty but some lubricant went a long way.


This bike is way too tall for me, but rides just fine and has a vintage vibe. It’s supposed to be from about 1985 (approximately). It’s a bit banged up but anyone who loves a bike with a little history and some classic lines and is about 6 ft tall should dig this. My son is trying to convince me to save it for when he’s talk enough to ride it, but I think this is craigslist bound.



About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

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