It’s a 1998 Cannondale F700, purchased on eBay in 2002 for $500, while I was recovering with my arm in a sling from my first broken collarbone (on the right side). My thought was that now that I’d been officially indoctrinated into the world of cycling and broken bones, I might as well go all the way and try mountain biking.
Then a little while later, I went mountain biking and rolled down a cliff cracked my helmet and gave myself a nice concussion, and reasoned that at least when I go down on a road bike, I can blame someone else.
Since then, I’ve tried riding in the dirt several more times, with the best friends in the world who’ve all told me I’d have a much better time on a newer bike. They are so full of it. I love them.
I dreamt of fenders over a year ago, but the guys at one particular shop who that I will not mention said that due to my Cannondale’s particular design in the fork regions, full fenders would not be possible; I’d have to go with a clip-on variety that seemed more suited for a BMX bike, not a rockin’ city bike like my own, and even that would require some adapter thingy, they said, which I ordered, and have since lost, but oh well.
Oh well, because in the middle of our last rain storm, I e-mailed my friend Tim Brennan at Paradigm Cycles in San Anselmo, and asked him what he thought of fenders on my Cannondale.
“Totally doable,” he said. “E-mail me pictures of the forks, so I can make sure.”
Which I did, and within a week, my new SKS fenders arrived from Quality Bike Products (QPB) in Minnesota. Tim spent a good hour fighting with my bike to put them on — it wasn’t as easy as he had thought! — and the result is the city bike of my dreams.