Oct 30, 2018 - by Evan Bailey
My 3 boys are growing up too fast! Before I realized it my oldest son is now in 3rd grade, and he’s now on his 3rd bike. My wife and I realized recently that he has now outgrown his bike which is a cheap 16” Mongoose Walmart bike that we bought him a few years back. His two younger brothers have been wanting to upgrade their bikes as well so the time felt right. Also, he has made comments to me about wanting to start doing some cross country riding with me so yay!
So I did some research and determined that for his age and size a 24” bike should fit him. I soon discovered with my research a few issues and problems in this search which you can read about in my article on the best 24” kid bike under $500 here.
While I was still researching for that article, I did something I usually don’t do and looked on Craigslist for a used 24” bike just for kicks. I found right away a guy selling 2 Cannondale 24” bikes. The street had the lefty rigid fork (so lighter weight) and disc brakes which was intriguing. He wanted $150 for it so I decided to go check it out.
It was down in the Clearlake area so a bit of a drive from my house in Spring but that’s Houston for you. When I got there the bike was in much poorer shape than it looked in the photos and was described to me through emails. Bummer… But I saw some potential in it.
I realized the rear derailleur was toast, the right rear brake lever was stuck solid, had some lighter surface rust on rear freewheel, but I thought it wasn’t that big of a deal and saw potential in at least the frame and the wheelset. I offered him $120 which now thinking back was probably too much but oh well. I now have a project bike for my son that I am planning to fix up and give to him on or before Christmas!
My plan is to turn it into a cheaper Cannondale Cujo which sells for $525. The Cannondale Street 24 was around $520 new and designed for more street use but I feel I can turn it into a beginner trail bike and give my son a good introduction into the sport. Let’s see what happens! Follow me on my re-build of this thing.
Here are the specs:
2014 Cannondale Street 24 - $520 new / bought for $120