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Old 07-05-07, 12:50 PM   #1
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Centurion Ironman Expert--Opinions?

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/363104032.html

Is this a reasonable price? Are there any areas that I should closely examine on the bike? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-05-07, 12:53 PM   #2
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It's a nice enough bike, but not really a collectible. The price strikes me as high, but then I'm pretty (actually, very) tight with my money.
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I would say it's a bit high too. You are in the Bay Area though, and that probably adds $100 to any bike. If that bike is in PRISTINE shape, it might be worth it. I do like my Ironman, although it's one of the twitchier bikes I own (probably because it's got a 24" front wheel, though).

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Unless you are dead set on that color (and even if you are), I've posted many of these to the BOBishBikesFS list that are asking far less than that. Check the archives:

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/BOBishBikesFS/

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+1 on the price comments; that being said, I have that year (1986, or maybe 1987 ... I think the changes were negligible)) Shimano 105 group on my UJB, and it's great. Sheldon Brown sings the praises of that vintage 105 SLR brakes, calling them the best single pivot sidepull ever made, as well as the indexed shifting, which he says was superior to Dura Ace for that year, with features of the 105 being incorporated into the Dura Ace line in the next year or two.

It looks pretty cherry, so if it's a rider, I'd make an aggressive offer. Keep in mind that even at that price, it's less than half of what you'll pay for the cheapest POS welded aluminum roadie at your local bike shop.
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http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/363104032.html

Is this a reasonable price? Are there any areas that I should closely examine on the bike? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Are you sure you could live with that color?
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Old 07-05-07, 02:02 PM   #7
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It would probably sell fairly quickly for somewhere around $250 in the SF area, so that is it's relative "worth" in that market. Assuming od course that it is a good, clean example. It would be worth less if it shows signs of obvious wear, and needs maintenance or stuff like tires/tape, etc. Good bikes, and popular. This one has the added value of being a smaller size (52cm), and there are a ton of women in that area that are looking for road bikes.

For reference, I sold an Ironman Master last Christmas to a young lady in The City. I was asking $280 and took $260, and had a few others interested.

If you like the bike, it is clean, and it fits you, go talk to the owner and see what their bottom line is. Right now, everyone is looking for a good bike, so you might have to pay a bit more to get what you want.
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