Finis! The derailleur problem was actually a shifter problem that I figured out after swapping out two other derailleurs. It had something to do with that stupid little indexing disk that wasn’t letting the handle rotate fully. It was a real “duh” moment when I realized that the shifter was supposed to move further than it was. Anyway, we’re up to a full 14 gears, and all the little details have been addressed.
It took me a while to figure out how many versions this bike has had. I decided that with minor upgrades, this bike has essentially been a fast tourist, followed by a townie (the moustache bars), and now a gofer/cruiser, thus v.3. In 1985, I believe Cannondale only made two styles of bikes: the tourist and an MTB. The tourist came in two groupos, with the Shimano 600 considered the less expensive. At one point I had the 6 speed freewheel changed to a 7.
Anyway, most of the components remain Shimano 600; with Nitto Albatross bars, Tektro interupter levers for brakes, Shimano friction barcons, SKS fenders, Trek rack, Avocet gel saddle, no name platform pedals, and Kenda Cross 1 3/8″ tires. The quill stem has been replaced with a Profile adapter mated to a Specialized 120mm riser. Vetta C15 puter, Bell mirror, and a soccer ball dingy.
The ride is actually quite spirited. The frame is super light, so it accelerates quickly. While it had been a harsh ride, the Kendas do eat up a good portion of the bumps, although not nearly as well as the 37c Paselas. Here’s a shot of the two front wheels to compare: 1 3/8″ Kenda and 37c Pasela.
Finally, here’s my two ponies (a boy and his toys!)