Saturday, February 25, 2012

1997 Cannondale H500

1997 Cannondale H500 we refurbished here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes and offer professional bicycle repair services.
This 1997 Cannondale H500 hybrid was made in the USA in the heyday of Cannondale which was still enjoying a huge success based on their mountain bikes. The 1997 Cannondale H500 we are featuring here was probably brought to the Boston area by a foreign student as this model only came in grey in Europe. This cannondale was also well loved as it has been updated with high quality shimano Deore derailer and crankset. Used hybrids are hard to come by as they are pretty modern bikes, the first ones were produced in the late 80's. Most bike companies started offering several models  in the early 90's. They are considered all around bikes and it seems like they are probably the best selling bikes right now. They are so popular that people who don't even know what  a hybrid bike is, still want one. Hybrids rarely stay in our shop for more than a couple of days and larger hybrids such as this 20" Cannondale 1997 H500 usually don't survive 24 hours in the shop in the bikeing season as usually the first person to try them will make a purchase. This specific bike was brought to the shop in the morning, fixed in the afternoon and sold in the evening. A young lady was looking for a light hybrid, we offered her a couple but they were not light enough or in her size. We took her number and once this cannondale was finished we called her first. She bought it on the same day. 1997 Cannondale catalog (European version) here

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