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Old 03-13-14, 08:58 PM   #1
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Need help identifying my Lemans Centurion

First off, sorry if I am posting in the wrong thread; this is a little confusing to me. I've been a lurker of this sight for quite some, but I decided to finally register because I haven't been able to find a bike identical to mine on here.

Anyway, I purchased this bike maybe a year ago at a flea market. I have no idea what year it is, what "model" it is, where the serial number is located, the dimensions of the bike, etc. I think this bike might be for a tall person because I am 5'6", but bike seat goes a little past my waist.

All I know is that under the seat it states "special 74 tubing," there is "SunTour" plastered in different areas of the bike, states it's made in Japan, and "fabrication garantie".

I've attached a photo. All help would be greatly appreciated.

(I picked this bike up for $25. I replaced the handlebar grip, brake cables, and tires, totaling to $60)
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Old 03-13-14, 09:21 PM   #2
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see post #62 on this page

That bike is three sizes to big for a 5'6" rider. You probably need a 52-53cm frame.
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Old 03-13-14, 09:21 PM   #3
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Looks to be a 24" or 60cm frame, which would be 'too tall' for a normal 5'6" rider. I'm barely 5'8" and by most 'bike fit' calculators, I should be riding a 54 or or maybe 55cm frame - but I ride a long 57cm, My 'other' bike is a 58cm. What I am trying to say is it all depends on the 'fit' - how it fits your body size/type.

Based on a couple of the visual clues shown in your pic of the bike, it is a relatively low or entry level bike. SunTour made components ranging form basic entry level to downright outstanding quality components - it depends on which level of components you have - GT, V-GT, Honor, etc. More detailed drive-side pics would certainly help, but I'm guessing that you have a $50-75 bike there, tops.
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Old 03-13-14, 10:02 PM   #4
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Mid 70's department store bike, You paid about what its worth. If thats the current seat height its too bike for you.
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1. Agreed, way too big. I'd guess it's a 24" or 25", suitable for someone 5'10"-6'1" or so.
2. The Centurion Lemans I know of was a pretty decent bike store model from the late 80's - the bike in that photo looks like it came from the Green Stamps redemption outlet. I guess the model name's been around a long time.

Probably worth $60 to someone who really needs a bike for basic transportation and it was the right size.
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Hi, Cougrrcj. What exactly do you mean by "drive-side" pictures? Is that angle from where I am sitting on the bike, looking down on the handlebars?
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A big thank you to everyone that has helped. I greatly appreciate all your replies!
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Old 03-14-14, 01:31 PM   #8
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What exactly do you mean by "drive-side" pictures?
Drive-side means on the right, the side with the chain, the rear derailleur, the chainrings, etc. Most of the interesting details are on that side, even though the rider almost never sees it from that side.
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