Bicycle Mechanics - Putting a Centurion LeMans RS Back Together
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07-11-09, 10:54 AM
Hola friends, I've come here for your help. I've got this old Centurion LeMans RS my dad found years ago sitting in the back of my garage and I want to put it back together to take with me to college this coming year. I live in Miami. All I know is that it needs new tires. The wheels (rims?) are barely rusted and seem o.k. How much should it cost to get some new tires on this thing? And how should I go about reassembling it? Should I be looking into new wheels and such? I don't Want to spend to much on this.
Also, I'll be going up north to a lot of snow and bad weather, would I still be able to ride this bike through it all?
If it needs tires, it'll probably need tubes as well. Take the front wheel off, then take the tube out. Next, remove the tire. Now check to see it the rim tape is ok. Next, pump up the tube to see if it is any good. You may want to leave it for awhile, so in the meantime, now would be a good time to go and buy some tubes and tires. Don't forget to buy beer.
07-11-09, 11:23 AM
Ha, thanks for the quick reply. The tubes are no good and they god thrown away a long time ago along with what I'm assuming is the rim tape. All I have left are the tires for size reference and the wheels.
If you don't have tire levers, you may want to get a set. Now remember, don't forget the beer!
07-11-09, 08:35 PM
I'll make sure I do that, Thanks. Any price estimates? Other suggestions?
07-11-09, 09:30 PM
Do you have any photos that you can post? That would help so we could see what, if anything, needs to be done to get the bike back up to speed.
New tires, tubes, and rims strips will collectively cost around $30 and up. It will be fine in bad weather. You might want to add fenders if you will be riding in the rain and such. Also, factor in the cost of a good lock if you will be at college with no way to bring the bike inside with you.
Also, welcome to BF.
07-12-09, 03:56 AM
I agree, post photos so folks know what you are working on. I just restored my own Lemans RS that I bought new in like 1987...and LOVE the bike. I think I put about 40 bucks into all the needed small parts, and some time to clean and adjust it all. Have fun and keep everyone informed...you'll get lots of great help here!
07-12-09, 03:29 PM
Thanks for all the support! This is sort of an off hand thing. I have some pictures I took this morning, I'll probably have them uploaded tonight.
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