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    FedEx dude just dropped this off on my driveway.. will update when I pull it out of box tomorrow.

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    Unboxing was straight forward, this bike was packed really well..
    even for Cannondale standards back in the early 90's
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    Lifting the +100 lb. bike out of the box was not easy, even without front wheel & all parts mounted.
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    Less than 30 min., it's assembled & charging.. will take a spin once charged.
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    I put about 16 miles on it this morning, mostly on PAS, ECO level.
    Near the end of my ride, I got it up to level 2, keeping it stead at around 20 mph with undulating terrain.
    Battery is down to about 2/3 level at the end of the ride.

    It definitely needs a taller seat for me, pedaling with my knees bent is not ideal for long rides.
    I'm already thinking about adapting a bicycle seatpost with a custom mounting bracket.
    Juiced Bikes do offer a tall seat bracket, which is not available and cost $50.
    I can probably weld together some piece to fit my needs.
    I'm about to replace the C70 once I get used to the Scorpion.
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    What is it like to pedal? Looks like there may be a fair amount of resistance with those larger tires. Is it doable to get up out of the seat to pound it when pedaling? I assume you just plug it into any 12V plug to recharge. Let us know how long it takes to reach full charge from near dead battery.

    If I were still working and had a considerable distance to and from work, one of those could have been in my sights. But back in the day, I just pedaled to and from, mostly a year round. About the only time I did not cycle was when there was a slushy snow fall and it froze to jagged ice after. Loose traction and fall on that stuff and it hurts really bad.

    When I started second career, my commute was 100 miles a day so thus the VFR.
     
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    Annual birthday ride, 46 miles today.
    76 degree F, at 5:30 AM
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    46 miles is an impressive distance in a one bike ride. I ride just shy of 30 km on my rides 3 or 4 times a week. I don't mind the heat so much as the sweat rolling down my head and onto my sunglasses. Then if I stop for a break and take my helmet off, water pours from under there as the padding seems to trap it there somewhat. I still have some steam after 30 km, but not a lot.

    I would imagine there are some fantastic rides around there and lots of historic things to look at. Great ride and thanks for posting.
     
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    On newer road bicycles (pedal bikes), tires are going from 23mm to 32mm widths as on mine and the larger tires are actually a little faster and ride much better with much less air pressure required than the narrow tires. This is counter-intuitive but the patch changes from longitudinally to crossways, thus less rolling resistance. I had to experience it to believe it. It's totally true and this is coming from a long distance road bike rider with many century T-shirts in my closet. it's just physics.
     
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    I don't know that physics would agree with you. Less air pressure, larger footprint, higher rolling resistance,
    all that would seem to disprove your statement. Until the racers move away from marrow high pressure tires
    I'll reserve judgement.
     
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    From 2016:
     
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    Interesting video, and I can see what happens when one doesn't keep up with the latest and
    greatest. Thanks for educating me on this.
     
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    Another myth about wheels..
     
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    Physics does agree with me. Look it up. 32mm tires have a SMALLER footprint and less rolling resistance than smaller higher pressure tires. Racers are going to larger tires except on time trials where weight and aero is everything for short distances. Have you ridden a good carbon frame with disc brakes which allow for larger tires? What did it feel like and what did your bike computer tell you? How long has it been since you were in a good bike shop?
     
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    My son's 1988 Cannondale SR2000, mostly original will all Dura Ace components. Back before they figured out how to make Aluminum frames ride good!

    I have more miles on this bike than my 86 VF500F LOL.

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    Been shopping on Alibaba for cargo e-bike the last week, just placed an order for this.. expect to arrive by Xmas.
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    32 miles yesterday, 18 miles today, I'm burning off the Thanksgiving excess eating.
    Temperature in the mid-low 50's, low wind; I can get used to this global warming if it stays like this all winter.
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    Received an update on my Chinese Cargo bike order back in late OCT.
    Cargo e-bike has been built, packed up & picked up by ground transport to be carried to sea port for sea transport to US.
    Estimate 25-50 days to delivery at my location.
    Not sure if legit, or just trying to make me feel better, Chinese contact sent a picture of the bike on factory floor:
    I see changes to kickstand to centerstand on frame, seat & grips color difference & frame gusset just under the headtube looks different.
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