I'm brand new here so hello! I bought a Cannondale F5 2009, red, in June of 2009 while my brother was fighting cancer. I'd been using an ancient, 1999, Specialized Hardrock bought at a pawnshop and it was never working right, no front shocks, and I have painful physical disabilities that were exacerbated without shocks.
I went to the local shop here in Hamilton, Pieriks Cycle, and picked up the red f5. I loved it, except that the mechanic could never fix it right. I think it was him, I hope so, as it worked fine but there were these awful clicking and crackling sounds that took until October to fix.
i loved the bike. I put 1,500 miles on the bike building up strength and using it for "therapy" dealing with my only sibling's illness. He died in November. earlier that month my locked bike was stolen from outside a business and as I am on a disability pension right now, the 1,000 dollar cdn loss was devestating. I was paying off that credit card for months.
So, I digress.
I've put another bike on layaway with Pieriks, thinking it was a black f5, 2010 model. Today I made the last payment and it will be in in a week. they didn't have my frame size in and she said, "I don't know if we can get in 2009 models." and I stared. '2009?? I was led to believe it was a 2010 mode."
No. It's a 2009. She did find a 2009 in small frame and I'll have it in about a week give or take a day or so.
Long way to get to this. I apologize. I was up all night, eagerly awaiting the 2010 F5 today. Can the F5 2009 be upgraded with components to the 2010 model's improvements? I mean, can I effectively build it up to the 2010 or will that be cost prohibitive?
What are your opinions on the 2009 F5? I'll post a pic when I get it. See, I'm using this to train for the 2010 June 12/13th 200 MILE Ride to Conquer Cancer. As a two time survivor myself, it's important. Then Jerry died and I'd vowed to do it, so I started paying down this bike. It has to get me through up to 500 km of riding a week, this 200 mile/321.9 km weekend charity ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls, a year of riding, and the 2011 same charity ride.
Tips, advice?How can I best use and care for this bike when I pick it up? I want it to last as long as possible and if those of you who have an F5, 2009 model, or have had one, could share your joys and irritations with the bike, I would really appreciate it. Things to do and to avoid doing? That sort of thing.
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