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BUILDING THE CANNONDALE TEAM COMP

I must admit that I was very interested in giving my first aluminum road bicycle a try and I was quick to inspect the bicycle when I got it home.  The Cannondale was in near perfect mechanical condition, requiring only some lubrication to moving parts and, of course, some fresh air for tire pressure.  The tires, by the way, were in excellent condition.

With the inspection and tuning out of the way, I jumped on the bicycle and took it out for a spin.  I liked the way the bicycle felt at first and decided to rebuild it completely.  In a very short test ride I had decided to make the, Team Comp, my day to day ride for the season.  And if it was to be my "Junk Bike", it would have to be completely inspected and rebuilt before beginning its season of use.  Incidentally, "Junk Bike" is not a derogatory term in my mind.  To me a "Junk Bike" is the name I assign for my daily rider.  Sometimes the "JB" is a cosmetically challenged, but mechanically sound rider.  And, at other times, as in the case of the Cannondale, the bike is in just fine, in both the mechanical and cosmetic departments.

The rebuild of the Cannondale was about as straight forward, as it can get.  Nothing was seized into place.  Nothing had to be replaced, except the control cables and handlebar tape.  Both the bottom bracket and wheel hub bearings were sealed units, requiring no attention at all.  Other than that, the process was disassemble, clean, assemble, tune and go.  The bike came down and was built back up completely, in a single afternoon.

Since I had already spent some time test riding the bicycle, the brake levers had already been positioned, before taking the bicycle completely down.  With that in mind, I applied bar tape, the cushioned type that treats my Carpal Tunnel ridden hands with gentle respect, installed my personal pedals and an ugly fabric saddle that has proved to be wonderfully comfortable over the years.  Sadly, the fellow who bought the Cannondale from me insisted on leaving the saddle on the bicycle.  His argument - if the saddle was one of my favourites, it must be worth having.  He was right.

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