I found this LL Bean Touring Bike on Facebook marketplace, the price looks pretty good and the owner said it was around 15 years old. I know that at some point, but not very recently, LL Bean Bikes were made by canondale. Can anyone give me any information on this bike?
I have a bike just like this one, same color - if you look on the back sprocket protector, (the black plastic piece), it will have Cannondale in raised letters. I bought the bike, along with a Cannondale LL Bean mountain bike in 1983 (I believe) from the catalog, and I'm pretty sure I still have the owners manual. The rear rack is not original to the bike. It has twelve speeds, which was pretty cool at the time when everyone else was still riding bikes with ten. Cheers!
It does sort of look like a Cannondale. I think the tubes look a little small for aluminum but also look too big for steel.
It has the hallmark Cannondale plastic housing guides along the top tube.
You can check the crank and maybe the handlebars and see if they indicate 'Coda'.
Cannondale tourers came with rear racks that look like that. I can't see the chainrings but most tourers come with a triple. It does look like the rear is a long cage for a wider gear range.
But I would agree that this isn't 15 years old. I wouldn't even put it in the 90s. My T700 was a '94 and it had the cables below handlebar tape and had barcon shifters. This looks more like an 80s bike with the combo stem shifters and non-aero brake cabling.
It looks like a fairly standard mid-late 90s road bike. If owner is positive its only 15 years old then its potentially a BSO.
Nothing there makes it a tourer specifically. The frame looks slightly chunky, but not thick like early aluminium bikes. I could be wrong - do the magnet test to see if the frame and/or fork is steel.
The stem shifters say mid 90s, and the over-the-top brake cables would agree.
Someone's added a parcel rack, perhaps for commuting in a dry place? Lack of mudguards/fenders suggest its not from a wet location.
The last person to ride it was not a strong rider, its in the lowest low hillclimbing gear.
Gumwall tyres are not common anymore - could they be original ?