1999 Cannondale H300

Type: Hybrid 21-speed

Purchased: April  2000 from Kozy's Cyclery

Made: U.S.A.

Frame: Aluminum CAAD2 Hybrid

Components: SRAM Centera grip-shifters, Shimano derailleurs (Acera front, STX rear), CPI crank (42/34/24), Shimano Hyperglide rear, Shimano Nexave brakes with Tektro levers, Weinman 519 rims, Post Moderne suspension seatpost

Additions: Blackburn EX-1 rear rack, bar ends, aero-bars, Terry Liberator saddle, Cateye Tomo cyclometer. Shown with R.E.I. panniers and handlebar bag.

I bought this hybrid bicycle as a close-out in April 2000. I had wanted a Cannondale bicycle for years. Those fat aluminum tubes looked so much more impressive than the skinny steel tubes on other bikes. When I picked it out, I intended to ride it for cross-training and to build my quads with the intent of running an ultra-marathon. Alas, by the time I took delivery, a knee injury had thwarted my aspirations and derailed my running in general. I started to ride the Cannondale with rehabilitation in mind, but it didn't hurt my knee at all so I just kept riding more and more.

My Cannondale took me on six centuries in 2000, plus many other shorter rides. However, its crowning achievement was carrying me along the Grand Illinois Trail in a series of day trips and tours. I became one of the first sixteen riders to complete the route, earning a Trailblazer award. I rode more than 2,000 miles that year.

Once it became clear that cycling was more than a passing fancy, I bought more bikes. This was the Cannondale's demise. I still have it, but it hasn't been ridden more than 100 miles (total) since Spring 2001.

Memorable Rides:

2000 StateLine 60 (67M)

2000 Trek 100 (100M)

2000 Heatstroke 100 (100M)

2000 Metro Metric (99M)

2000 Melon Metric XV (96M)

Grand Illinois Trail multi-part tour (515M)

2000 Tour Of The Ozarks (103.5M)

2000 Goshen Bike Fest (103.5M)

2000 Goshen Kiwanis Bike Century (62.3M)

2001 Biking With Beanzie (63.5M)

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