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Old 02-20-11, 08:35 PM   #1
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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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Old 02-21-11, 02:11 AM   #2
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Nice job! Centurion love in tha hizzy!
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Old 02-21-11, 03:45 AM   #3
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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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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..

Again, super find...
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Clean Machine!! Great Job!!

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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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Thanks much!
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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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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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