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    Ironman Expert before & after

    I picked this up in September in trade for a Trek MTB and I finally got around to cleaning it up. A new chain is on the way, but I didn't feel like waiting to take some photos.

    The bike is going out as a loaner to a friend who wants to compete in his second duathalon. I told him I'd sell it to him if he really wants it, but I'm hoping he'll just borrow it for a while - I really love the way it rides.

    The before shots:







    And after some clean-up:






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    Nice job! Centurion love in tha hizzy!
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    Lovely clean-up. Plenty of life in that bike yet, and good that it's going to used for some racing - not just sitting in the back of a garage gathering dust.
    You just need some old-school Mavic, Scott or Profile tri bar clipons now to complete the look, and maybe a Nitto 66 forward post.... but I digress.

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    beautiful job.
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    Real good looking bike, Chris. I've seen a Master version of the Ironman here on C&V. What are the differences between the two? Are there any other versions ?

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    The master had Shimano 600.
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    Looks nice...good job. Good photos too. Can you tell me what kind of stand you are using in the before photos?

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    Thanks for the compliments. It's obvious that this bike has very low mileage, most of the wear is from being moved around a garage for 20+ years.

    @ 55/Rad: The stand in the first few photos is a leg from a Gitzo tripod, it's back where it belongs now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
    Thanks for the compliments. It's obvious that this bike has very low mileage, most of the wear is from being moved around a garage for 20+ years.

    @ 55/Rad: The stand in the first few photos is a leg from a Gitzo tripod, it's back where it belongs now
    Beautiful bike, I got her big sister in 60cm, exactly like yours.. picked it up about 4 weeks ago, and just like you, crazy about it.. It is in very good to excellent condition. In fact, it is a carbon copy of yours just larger..

    The ride is awesome. I just order a set of tires with wipe stripes.. Only because the stockers look dull..

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    Clean Machine!! Great Job!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cehowardGS View Post
    Beautiful bike, I got her big sister in 60cm, exactly like yours.. picked it up about 4 weeks ago, and just like you, crazy about it.. It is in very good to excellent condition. In fact, it is a carbon copy of yours just larger..

    The ride is awesome. I just order a set of tires with wipe stripes.. Only because the stockers look dull..

    Again, super find...
    I saw the thread about your bike and that's what inspired me to get rolling on this one. Thanks for that!

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    Clean Machine!! Great Job!!

    andy
    Thanks much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
    I saw the thread about your bike and that's what inspired me to get rolling on this one. Thanks for that!

    Thanks much!
    Well, after looking at yours, I think I am going for some new white bar tape, along with those tires with the white stripes on it.. Then some wax...we on a roll.
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    You guys are gonna make me look bad....this is the dirty pic.
    I've already gone out and cleaned up the frame a lot, even cleaned the tubulars.
    Peer pressure, you see.


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    Love the pic, I dont feel as bad for having brifters on mine now
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    Looks gorgeous Robbie, I'm pretty sure yours is cleaner than mine!

    I could only clean the hoods to an off-white color and they made the new tape looked too white in comparison, so I tinted it slightly with clear shellac. It matches the aged paint on the frame better too now...

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    Nice work! A much needed cleaning made that penny shine like brand new!
    One thing I found similar to yours and my Ironman is the yellow grease stains around the headset/fork. I also had it on the BB shell as well (mine was white where I see yours is painted teal). I'm still battling that same problem now with a Team Fuji that I'm cleaning up. The yellow grease has stained the white paint and nothing I'm using is taking it off.

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    Yes, it definitely penetrated into the paint. I tried some polishing compound, but gave up when I realized that it wasn't helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
    You guys are gonna make me look bad....this is the dirty pic.
    I've already gone out and cleaned up the frame a lot, even cleaned the tubulars.
    Peer pressure, you see.



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