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Old 07-13-11, 08:16 PM   #1
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Centurion LeMans RS

Just wanted some opinions on this, as I think the price for this is just nuts, even for Oregon. I didn't post this on the C&V what's it worth board, because I'm not interested in buying it....I just called to see what they wanted for it.

They said they had already been offered $400 bucks for it and were just waiting for a best offer as they couldn't show it until Saturday. I just chuckled and wish them good luck.

I know Centurions are popular, especially the LeMans.....but 400???? Seriously????

That just seemed absurd to me.....I mean, maybe in San Fran.....

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I mean, maybe in San Fran.....

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comment: pls don't call it "San Fran"

looks to be one of the mid 80s paint jobs.. i don't know what tubing or components came on it but lemans was positioned as "recreational" model, not a racing or touring bike

i think 400 would be steep with that crappy ad
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You should be able to find a VERY nice Ironman for that amount of money.

I sold this Lemans RS recently for $270. It was in very good condition, and had been well cared for throughout the 26 years its been around. It also had been completely overhauled.

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Sorry about the SF reference.....

Ok, so I'm not so off base. I figured the seller was probably feeding me a line to try and jack the price up.....I seriously doubt if they have gotten that kind of offer, especially because of the ad, and because supposedly noone has looked at it......lol

And Roger, you make a great point......the bike in the ad was "just pulled out of storage"......no telling what sort of work it might need, and the bike you sold was ready to go and completely overhauled......

Glad to know I wasn't off base......smelled something funny after the call, and I think I was probably spot on...
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You should be able to find a VERY nice Ironman for that amount of money.

yeah even in the sf bay area 400 will get you a great ironman.
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A really nice Dave Scott Ironman (white/grey splatter, GPX, 61cm) sold in Philomath for $350 if I recall correctly, though it hung around forever. I kind of wish I would have grabbed it.

The mid-valley's just a pain when it comes to finding bikes, you have to realize we're going head to head for all the sweet vintage deals with the stiff market that the close proximity to the two state schools creates. Also the fact that we've got some of the nicest infrastructure and culture in the US when it comes to these sorts of things.

That being said, I'll keep my eyes peeled.
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Agreed, Oregon. As you have said before, when truly good deals appear here in the valley on CL, they disappear almost instantly.....and yea, most of the reason for that is we have a ton of bikers in this state. So demand is very, VERY high.

And geez, that's not a bad deal for an Ironman here. You should have grabbed it.

And fwiw, everytime I see a decent CL ad, I think, "damnit, I bet southpaw is already all over this"......lol.....lol. I now realize what a fantastic deal that Diamondback for $100 in Salem was that I asked about a few days back...and it stuck around for a whole day, too. I probably could have easily made money flipping that. Ah well, live and learn.

I still felt that 400 bucks for that Centurion "just out of storage" was outrageous.

I just texted the sellers that if their "400 buck offers" fell through, that I would still be interested in the bike, but for substantially less. They came back and told me thanks, as they would keep me in mind.

Yea, I'm sure now that the "$400 offers" were complete bs.....lol. No telling what sort of ratty shape the bike is in.

I still would like to find a decent Miyata here, but geez, those bikes, at a somewhat reasonable price, are a rarity here in the valley

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Off topic......not sure if you're into Raleighs or not, Southpaw......but I had someone from Independence contact me recently about a Raleigh Olympian frame that they wanted to sell. (I posted a WTB ad on CL for a frame 58-60cm, less than $75 last week). If you're interested, pm me, as I have their phone number.
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Last weekend I bought an '89 Centurion Le Mans with mostly-intact Shimano Exage group on SF Craigslist for $40. It is potentially my first flip. It is in rough shape & will get a complete overhaul plus around $60-$70 in replacement parts: handlebars (goofy straight bar setup with broken thumb shifters back to drops) handlebar tape, new cables, levers, new saddle, etc. Paint has some nicks and decals are in poor condition. I don't plan to do much to the frame but give it a thorough cleaning, scratch/polish treatment & wax. I've been debating an asking price for the fully-rehabbed bike and was thinking of around $250, and would be happy with $200.

So, yes, I agree that $400 is excessive, even for the SF bay area. In most cases, people buy used bikes on CL to save $. I believe there's a sweet spot in the $200-$300 range for good condition commuter/student bikes. Above that and your average Joe/Jane is more likely to buy a new entry level bike at the LBS for around $500. I've never sold a bike, so this is mostly conjecture and observation from spending WAY too much time perusing CL for things I do not need.

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Another typical CL listing from Oregon......they can't even show the actual bike, but show a bike that is "same vintage" except the bike for sale is red, and not blue.....and oh yea......" The only drawback is the outer chain ring got a little scuffed/few tooth warped, easy fix or unbolt/replace 1 ring, price reduced to match."

And they want $200 for this piece of junk that isn't even pictured......lol.....lol.....

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I sold this minty one for $350 shipped. It's the color. Ask Robbie.

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I sold this minty one for $350 shipped. It's the color. Ask Robbie.

VERY NICE!!!! And the one for sale for supposedly $400 is not even close to as nice as yours.....although the colors are similar.....
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Bought this for $100.
Sold it for $280 after adding triple RSX group with STI's. (Saddle was his idea).
Those colors are popular.
Roger M's 84? model is one of the two smoothest bikes I've ever been on, period.

The Lemans and Lemans RS probably outsold the Ironman, or close to it.
With a Tange 2 frame just 2 oz or so less than an Ironman, a little more relaxed geometry, it was a great all-around bike.
At $300 less, a lot of people walked into an LBS for an Ironman, rolled out on a Lemans or Lemans RS.

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Some really nice examples of some truly beautiful Centurions! Has me slobbering......lol. I just have to laugh at the CL ad for the "we've been offered $400" one here.
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It's the color. I got $315 on ebay for mine 2 years ago.
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I got this Centurion Lemans RS off of CL for $100, and flipped it for $160. It wasn't my size..

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With a Tange 2 frame just 2 oz or so less than an Ironman, a little more relaxed geometry, it was a great all-around bike.
Dag Robbie, I thought it was the other way around. Tange 2, is a couple more oz than Tange 1! I think!
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Got a black/yellow for my roommate, needed tires, for $60. $400 seems like all the money in the world; it's no MV Ironman .
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mmmm seafoam green centurions and diamondbacks <3

that is one of my favorite colors offered. my current "n+1 want" is an Ironman or other centurion frame in that color, converted to single speed
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I got this Centurion Lemans RS off of CL for $100, and flipped it for $160. It wasn't my size..

What market are you in? A Centurion Lemans around here would go for up to $300. For $160, I would've bought the Lemans off you to flip
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Dag Robbie, I thought it was the other way around. Tange 2, is a couple more oz than Tange 1! I think!
It appears you are correct according to Sheldon Brown citing Ashley Wright citing the 1983 Centurion catalog.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurion/index.html

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What market are you in? A Centurion Lemans around here would go for up to $300. For $160, I would've bought the Lemans off you to flip
Ha, that's a good one. I am on the east coast, Maryland..The market must be good around here, because you see that 87/88 Prelude, I paid $50 for that, and my sweet, sweet, 88 Centurion Ironman Expert, I paid $90. The Ironman is cherry too. Not a scratch on it. The seller had Look pedals on it and asked me do I want them or the chrome toe clips.. It don't get any better than that...
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Reviving an older-ish thread for my first post. Glad I found this community as I am new to cycling and just purchased a '86 Centurion LeMans RS. I was lucky enough (in my opinion) to secure a Sea-foam green one here in San Diego. Hopefully someone has some time to answer some questions for a newbie.

As I am new to cycling, i just want to ride the bike. As far as I can tell, everything is original on the bike, including the seat and grip tape. As its my first bike, everything feels great to me. I'm sure as I keep riding, I will find things that I want to change, but right now its purely cosmetic. The bike has some nicks and scratches in the green paint and I wanted to find some paint to fill it in. I have found a Bianchi paint known as Celeste Green and from what I can tell online, it looks pretty close if not the same. Does anyone have any experience with touching up a green Centurion and if so, what did you use.

I am also swapping out the grip tape on the handle bar and wanted to replace the brake-lever hoods. The covers are the original white but both are extremely dirty, been washed numerous times and can stand to be replaced. Anyone know the specific brake hoods i should be looking for or where i can get them?

Thanks everyone in advance for the help.

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