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    2 dollar garage sale buy

    Just now discovering the classic 10 speed steel bikes. So started looking for the fun of it and came across this Centurion Lemans for only 2 dollars at the city wide garage sale weekend. Looks to even have the original tires on it and just minor flaws. Still doin my research on what year it is and all, but when i get the info i will post it. Just could not pass up for 2 dollars.
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    Congratulations. That is really cool for two bucks.
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    I wish I could find a $2 Centurion.

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    Wish I could find a $2 anything. Good find!

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    "I'd buy that for a dollar!" (or two). That was a veiled movie reference, public adulation to the first person to identify the movie...no Googlers please

    BTW, OP, love the lugwork on that frame...

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    um, I'm going to have to say Robocop, where there was an old dude who said that about random stuff in a commercial. In college, one of the guys started us all saying that about any particularly fine piece of tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    "I'd buy that for a dollar!" (or two). That was a veiled movie reference, public adulation to the first person to identify the movie...no Googlers please

    BTW, OP, love the lugwork on that frame...

    Oh crap what is that movie. It cuts to a game show with some guy saying that. This will bug me the rest of the day.

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    Believe it or not! Not that long ago...maybe 10 years ago...it wasn't unheard of to find bikes like that at garage sales for under $10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    um, I'm going to have to say Robocop, where there was an old dude who said that about random stuff in a commercial. In college, one of the guys started us all saying that about any particularly fine piece of tail.
    BINGO, nice job. Here's your adulation:

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    Oh crap what is that movie. It cuts to a game show with some guy saying that. This will bug me the rest of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycleheimer View Post
    Believe it or not! Not that long ago...maybe 10 years ago...it wasn't unheard of to find bikes like that at garage sales for under $10.
    Trying to put one over on the kids again, eh Grampa?

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    Well so far have not found out the year, and the only numbers on it i have found are on the seat tube under the seat stays R194. Still looking for info. I will get back later

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    OH yeah, can't pass up a 10 speed for $2 and a Centurion too! Nice. Good find.
    As I'm looking at that bike, it looks like one of the early Centurions that were supposed to be Raleighs. The story goes that Raleigh was supposed to buy a load of bikes from a west coast firm. They backed out of the deal and the jobber was stuck with a bunch of bikes. He put Centurion decals on the bikes, sold them to LBS as a no-name nicer entry level bike. Then realized he had a winner when the LBSs asked for more bikes. Your bike looks like it could be one of those. The decals, the locations, look at those lugs, look just like Raleigh lugs of the era.
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    Thanks for that info Roccobike, that is kinda of where my research was going to that it was an earlier centurion with the numbers being so small. I will keep looking. There was a small sticker on the chain stays on the bottom that said designed by paul mitchell, if I am not mistaken..

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    Quote Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
    "I'd buy that for a dollar!" (or two). That was a veiled movie reference, public adulation to the first person to identify the movie...no Googlers please

    BTW, OP, love the lugwork on that frame...
    It was on a game show that played during RoboCop. Remember it being on during the convenience store robbery where the safe is hidden behind the wall of beer cans. BTW, my El Camino was used on the street scenes in RoboCop, which was filmed in Dallas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tclong03 View Post
    Just now discovering the classic 10 speed steel bikes. So started looking for the fun of it and came across this Centurion Lemans for only 2 dollars at the city wide garage sale weekend. Looks to even have the original tires on it and just minor flaws. Still doin my research on what year it is and all, but when i get the info i will post it. Just could not pass up for 2 dollars.
    $2?!

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    Just kidding! Nice catch.
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    it's 'leaving the scene of an accident' because no state government has passed a law against 'leaving the scene of an on-purpose'.

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    Dang, that even beats my $5 garage queen Raleigh Sports 3-speed. Nice find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roll-Monroe-Co View Post
    Trying to put one over on the kids again, eh Grampa?
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    Beats my $5 Continental and my $8 Fuji Touring III but doesn't beat my $1 1975 GMC Jimmy.
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    I saw one in much worse shape sell locally on Craigslist in less than one day for $50.

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    I once bought a 6000 SUX for $499....but $2 for a Centurion Lemans has that beat.
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    I,ll give ya 3 bux for it ,thats One Buck profit !--------- your a WINNER !
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    Got the lemans out last night and looked over the bike again, and I was wrong on the sticker. It actualy said designed by mitchell. I plan on riding it tonight to get a feel for it.

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    I'll buy the wheels for $2.

    Nice score!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim View Post
    Beats my $5 Continental and my $8 Fuji Touring III but doesn't beat my $1 1975 GMC Jimmy.
    Somebody paid you $1 to take a GMC Jimmy off their hands? You should've held out for more.
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    This is one of the things that I like about vintage bikes - the hunt and result. Many of the bikes I have found, over the years, have very interesting how found stories attached to them. Stories that I report in MY "TEN SPEEDS". A two dollar find is, indeed, a great how found story to attach to the bike. Nice going.

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