All Terrain Bikes: December 2008 Archives

Cannondale M400 - Regenerated to Urban Utility

Catalog_clip.jpgM400_1-3-forweb.jpgThis is going to be an early spring project.   It should get fenders and a rack (or racks).  All indication, it that it's a 1996 model like the one in the catalog clip above.  Right now, it's resting after apparently having been a campus commuter and then riding all over the US strapped to the back of an RV to be used as a scooter during car shows and camping trips.  I had a friend who had a (probably 10 years older) version of this bike back in the late '80s and I loved riding least around town, that is.  This seems like an excellent candidate to build a budget-minded version of something like the Trek Portland , Raleigh Detour, or a Kona urban bikes.  I know, there's generally a tire size and brake technology difference there, but I think something reasonable can be worked out to breath new vitality into the M400.   It had a huge comfort seat on it that I had to change for the one in the pictures.  Otherwise, all the important parts seem to be in good shape, so after some cleaning, new cables/housings, some component upgrades and some accessories, this ought to be a nice bike.  This is the basic 'today' condition of the M400:

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By the way, you can find the 1996 and other Cannondale Catalogs online at Vintage Cannondale.

This bike has been leaning on various walls around the house since some time during the summer of 2009, but I just got around to getting it out on some test rides.  There are some tweaks left in store for it and some minor tuning to do here and there, but basically, this is it:

CM400_urban_regen3.jpgHere's a basic run-down of what happened with it:

  • Replaced crank with Sakae (traditional) touring triple crankset (170mm)
  • Replaced cantilever brakes with Tektro V-brakes and levers
  • Replaced rear derailleur with Shimano Deore LX 7-speed
  • Replaced front derailleur with Shimano Deore ("9 speed)
  • Replaced shifters with Deore LX 3x7 thumb shifters
  • Replaced handlebar and grips (inverted 'city/touring' bar and cork grips sealed with shellac)
  • Replaced rear wheel with complete, built used wheel
and a few additions...

  • Planet Bike fenders with mudflaps
  • Front rack
  • Rear light
  • Front Taskforce Cree LED light
  • Nashbar mini-panniers
  • Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals
  • Kenda 1.5" urban tires
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