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Something old.

The weather finally cleared a bit this afternoon, so I decided to take the CAAD5 track bike out for a ride.  After a couple months of not riding a fixed gear, I was a tad concerned to jump on the bike.  After all, there’s only one flat block where I live, everything else is a hill.  Luckily, things went pretty smoothly – I had a stellar time just riding around downtown.  Few things rival the simplicity of a track bike, that’s for sure.

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I picked up the new track bike from the shop today:

Most of the parts are from the S-Works Langster.  My first day at the track should be next Saturday – stoked!

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The Cannondale Optimo filled the gap between the CAAD6/7 and the CAAD8.  Though it lacked the aero sculpted seat stays, it had the same hourglass stay shape, power pyramid down tube, and threadless 1 1/8″ integrated headset.  It utilized a Alcoa alloy that was lighter than previous 6061-T6 frames.  A handful of Optimo track bikes were made, this is one of them.  Pre-Taiwan mass production Capo track bikes.

It’s a 54, but has a 1cm shorter top tube (effective) and a head tube that’s 1cm taller.  A formula for an aggressive, stiff track setup.

The langsters will be sold shortly.  Stay tuned for the build.  Full Cannondale stable complete.  Permanent CAADerday!

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Full build on Velospace.  “Modern” road bike with flat bar setup thoroughly insipired by Chris (Condition NYC).  I just put my own spin on it.

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new frame day.

it has arrived.  power pyramid down tube, round hourglass stays and all.  68mm threaded bottom bracket as opposed to the bb30 I thought it might have, which is okay, since I’m planning on a shimano 105 setup throughout.  my first experience with a hollowtech crankset!

my apologies for the down time last night and this morning.  had a bit of a hiccup with the hosting, but it’s all cleared up now.  thanks for all the support over the last year, this site has grown tremendously.  I’m glad to share my experiences and passion with a progressive community of riders.  I hope you all can join me in embracing the new year with whatever activities you see fit.  I’ve started running after work in order to build my fitness up in another way besides cycling.  and though I love cycling and racing, there’s a certain sense of ease with running.  in the most basic form, only shoes are needed.  I guess if you’re cut out for it, you don’t need those, either.  my point being, enjoy yourself.

the caad5 is now here, and the parts list is still floating around my head.  I’m sure within the next week it’ll be solidified – shortly thereafter I’ll place another big order with freewheel hayes.  you can expect built pictures later this month.  this setup will be replacing the silver langster.  I haven’t decided what I want to do with the frameset yet, but I’ll probably keep it for a while since it’s already partially built up.  the wheelset will act as backup for my slr/hed belgium set once track season starts.


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saeco caad5.

prior to cannondale’s development of the six13 for saeco (remember “legalize my cannondale“?), there was the cannondale caad5.  it didn’t quite have all the bells and whistles of the 2009 caad9, but for 2002, it was pretty good.  power pyramid down tube, which was larger in diameter near the bottom bracket and thicker in material near the head tube to put flex at bay, the 1 1/8” threadless integrated headset, carbon fork (with aluminum steerer), those killer hourglass seat stays for vibration dampening, and of course, the bb30 bottom bracket shell, a bit ahead of it’s time to say the least.  and though the caad9 had a wider, more flared top tube near the headset, more aero/sculpted hourglass stays, and a full carbon fork, the basics of the bike remained the same.  aluminum, welded in the good old usa.

yes, the bike above is my newest acquisition.  a practically new caad5 from 2002, in my size.  it’ll be replacing my brifter langster on city riding, and should be a really practical/fun build.  in short, 2×10 5700, risers, flatbar shifters, and a wheel build that I’m extremely excited about.  stay tuned.

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s-works langster.

big pictures, finally.  click to enlarge – maybe even open up a new tab:

now I’m off to my cinema 4d class!

taking the s-works langster.  see full part’s list on velospace.

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stay tuned.

saddle height and angle dialed in.  1 side of rim sidewalls already colored black.  better pictures coming soon.  probably tomorrow night, after my cinema 4d class.  or sunday…

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new frame day.

look at what fedex just delivered!  it’s in really great condition, practically brand new.  I may be stopping by the shop later…

and yes, the focus is on the back wall, leaving the rear triangle a bit hazy.  just back up from the computer screen a bit, and everything will be crystal clear, ha!

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this bought that.

I’ve been keeping a keen eye out for steel track framesets in my size, and when I saw this pink giro on ebay, I knew I’d have to jump.  the price was right, and the seller just happened to be in san francisco.  hoping he’d be willing to sell locally for cash and pick-up, I e-mailed.  as it turns out, the seller was naveen, who I saw riding out of sausalito this morning – small world, right?  I picked up the bike a couple hours ago.  I’m selling the sugino 75 cranks, chainring, hatta bottom bracket, nitto risers and stem (removed from the frame) to fund the new build.

stay tuned!

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