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Old 07-29-17, 01:29 AM
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Centurion Comp TA $175 worth it?

Hi, I was wondering if this Centurion might be worth it as a commuter bike (15 miles to school and 15 back). It seems pretty clean and I've read good things about Centurion bikes. Hoping to get more into biking, move out of the world of POC walmart bikes, and learn general maintenance and repairs (would getting a cheaper bike that might need some fixing up be more worth it?). Thanks!
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Old 07-29-17, 03:48 AM
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Jump on it!!!!
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Old 07-29-17, 08:52 AM
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Yes it is worth it very solid mid level bike with good components.
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Old 07-29-17, 08:53 AM
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This is a fine bike and the price is good (not great) but it may not be your best choice as a commuter. Personally if looking for a commuter, I would prefer a bike with eyelets (racks come in handy when carrying stuff).
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This is the predecessor to the Centurion Ironman. Although not a commuter it has the most relaxed geometry of the Ironman, so you got that going for you.
Definitely a good deal in that condition. It is very similar to the first year 85 Ironman.
Looks like a 52cm, champion 2 tubing, wheel(s) not original.
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The Tange 1 frame on that bike is worth $150 by itself. The really nice thing about these old Japanese road bikes is that they will accept brand new threaded parts. That bike could easily be upgraded to a 7 or 8 speed brifter set up. Looks a little rough around the edges. Mis-matched wheelset. No bar tape. Probably needs a few new parts. As long as it fits & everything works $175 is a reasonable price.
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Awesome, thanks again for the help guys! The alternative at the moment is a $120 Centurion Turbo. I've heard this has an adaptor so I could actually attach a rack. Hopefully someone can confirm that it does. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have at the moment.
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The Tange 1 frame on that bike is worth $150 by itself. The really nice thing about these old Japanese road bikes is that they will accept brand new threaded parts. That bike could easily be upgraded to a 7 or 8 speed brifter set up. Looks a little rough around the edges. Mis-matched wheelset. No bar tape. Probably needs a few new parts. As long as it fits & everything works $175 is a reasonable price.
Maybe on Ebay.

The sellers asking price is spot on on CL.
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Old 07-29-17, 02:07 PM
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Awesome, thanks again for the help guys! The alternative at the moment is a $120 Centurion Turbo. I've heard this has an adaptor so I could actually attach a rack. Hopefully someone can confirm that it does. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have at the moment.
Without better pictures, it's hard to say for sure, but the Turbo is a better bike than the Comp TA. The Turbo is essentially a renamed Semi Pro, and was their top race bike for 84.

I don't see if it was asked anywhere, but how tall are you? The Turbo looks like a 54cm, maybe one size bigger than the Comp TA. The Turbo would probably fit someone 5'4" to 5'9". It could probably be made to work outside to that range, but it wouldn't be ideal.
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I'm about 5'9" so hopefully the turbo would fit me (the owner mentioned that she measured from ground to top tube 31 inches so I was thinking I should be fine based on inseam). Fingers crossed the turbo hasn't sold yet and I get more pictures.
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The turbo looks to be a slightly better deal and most likely a better fit. The only drawbacks are you would be limited rack wise and you don't have enough clearance for much bigger tires or fenders. It has slightly more aggressive geometry then the TA so while a better bike it may not work as well as commuter.
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Old 07-29-17, 03:10 PM
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IMHO, both are too small if you are 5'9". Just had a 5'9" fellow come by today to ride a Miyata 610 about 54cm. Sure enough, he felt it was too small. You need a 56-57cm frame.
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If you're OK with commuting on a bike with 25c tires or so, the Turbo is good and is likely a better fit. Frankly, I'd get a different bike for commuting but some people like commuting on a more race oriented bike.

How much carrying capacity do you need? Are you locking the bike outside or are you taking it in to your office? There are seatpost attachments you can get that will hold a bag. The commuter section can talk you through your options. You can also get a big carradice bag (a saddle bag) with a quick release attachment. Those things can hold a lot
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I was actually wondering about the tires as well and how different they'd feel and durability. Is there any way of switching them out if I wanted or would that require a rim change?


A few other bikes I found that might be worth mentioning are a $160 Univega Gran Turismo (57 or 58cm), $100 Schwinn Tempo (55-56cm), $125 1979 Motobecane Grand Jubilee, $140 Univega Le Mans RS, and $80 Schwinn Le Tour (58cm). Any of these a better choice for commuting
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I was actually wondering about the tires as well and how different they'd feel and durability. Is there any way of switching them out if I wanted or would that require a rim change?


A few other bikes I found that might be worth mentioning are a $160 Univega Gran Turismo (57 or 58cm), $100 Schwinn Tempo (55-56cm), $125 1979 Motobecane Grand Jubilee, $140 Univega Le Mans RS, and $80 Schwinn Le Tour (58cm). Any of these a better choice for commuting
Yes, most of them are better choices for commuting if you value running a larger tire, perhaps fenders, and a rack. The gran turismo if it is in decent shape and it if fits is likely the pic here but it seems a bit large. The 1979 Grand jubilee would also work and that's a good price assuming that the bike checks out and it fits. Hard to say if the value is there without pics of the bike.

The thing to keep in mind is that if the bike has eyelets, that's a good thing for a commuter bike because it will be easy to mount a real rack.

The other thing which helps is longer reach brakes (not the short reach you find on racing bikes) as this lets you mount a larger volume tire (to deal with city streets) and maybe even fenders.

Are you getting these bikes from CL? If you tell us where you are located, we can give you a better idea of what is available and what will work.
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Old 07-29-17, 05:24 PM
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Oops forgot to clarify, the pictures shown were for the Centurion Turbo.

Also forgot to mention this bike would be locked outside (I was thinking detaching the front wheel assuming I found a bike with quick release wheels so I could lock the frame and wheels all together to any racks). I've already had two POC bikes get stolen so I'd definitely love to avoid a nice one getting stolen.

In terms of carrying things, ideally I could carry a backpack with laptop, books, and charger, and a duffle bag for the gym with me. Anything else would just be bonus.

I will definitely post pictures and specs then of those bikes in a bit.

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That turbo is at the very least 56, definitely not a 54.
Also if you're gonna upgrade the shift bosses are a little different but can be remedied reportedly by altering shift bosses on frame, shifters, or shifter cable stops.
Both bikes have enough clearance to host a bigger tire than 25.

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Old 07-30-17, 01:10 AM
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Here's the Gran Turismo mentioned earlier. Issue with this particular bike may be the sizing as well as lack of pictures or knowledge of parts by owner. From the sounds of it, I'd be the third owner of this bike, but no upgrades were ever done so hopefully parts should just be originals. Seller says it's $160.
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Here's the 1979 Motobecane Grand Jubilee. Seems solid, original Suntour components, improved rims, generic tires, Vitus 172 (I've heard mixed reviews about this frame) but I'm again wondering about the size. Owner is 6'3" but he's mentioned he has the seat up 4 inches. Any ideas about this one?
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Lastly, I was wondering about the Schwinn Tempo I mentioned since it was 55 or 56 cm. It's original parts (minus the seat) and would be bought from the original owner. However, I'm wondering if it actually has the eyelets to attach a rack. I really can't tell. Unfortunately, it's also another CL find with only one picture. Thanks again everyone for all the help.
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That Tempo is fit for a Sasquatch. Much bigger than 56cm, more like 62.
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The gran turismo and the tempo are too large. The moto might work but I have no idea how a 6 ft 3 rider rode that bike. That's a good bike with some really nice components. Who ever told you mixed things about a vitus 172 frame (and this is a full vitus 172 frame) did not know what they are talking about. French bikes are a bit funky in terms of finding parts but this forum can help you navigate the oddities of a French machine. This is a fine machine if it fits.
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I dunno if you're interested in a vintage MTB (one with a rigid fork) but they make fine commuters once you swap the tires out for skinwalls. They have plenty of room for decent volume tires, fenders, rack etc.

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I'd be after the motobecane or the univega gt.
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NBike, Is this going to be your only bike, or just something for transportation?

If just transportation, I would seriously consider finding a quality, but ugly bike for theft deterrence. Maybe even ugly it up. A can or two of garish spray paint, applied sloppily to everything will go a long way to convincing a would-be thief to move on. The earlier suggestion for an older mountain bike is a good one. I used to have a Trek 950 converted to drop bars. It fit 2.3" tires, and with with 2.0" Schwalbe Kojack tires, it was as fast or faster than any of my road bikes. Big tires = built in suspension, and the lower pressure you can run them at greatly reduces the risk of punctures. They're cheap, and the frames are tough enough to carry more than you would want to, and almost all of them have eyelets for fenders and racks. (At least older rigid mountain bikes.)

Racing style road bikes are great for getting from A to B as fast as possible, but not very practical for carrying anything, or necessarily doing so comfortably. If there is any way possible to mount a rear rack, I would recommend it. Then you can use a rear pannier or pannier / backpack combo to get your load off your back. Commuting with a backpack gets old. (and sweaty) You'll have whatever you want to bring with you, plus another 3-5 lbs worth of U-Lock or heavy chain. (Assuming you don't want this bike stolen too. A U-lock isn't 100%, but it's far better than any cable lock at making sure your bike is still there when you get back.)

If you don't want a mountain bike, then I would recommend a touring bike, or an older 70's sport bike, as they usually came with 27x1 1/4 tires. That extra tire volume will really be appreciated when riding over lousy pavement (most of So Cal.)

Just where is this 15 mile commute of yours? Any big hills / grades? (I can't think of too many areas around here where you can go 15 miles without significant hills, other than along the coast.) Many of these racing bikes are geared too high for someone that isn't in race shape. Many touring bikes will come stock with lower gearing, and all mountain bikes will be geared low enough for any hills around here.

If you can give us a few more specifics, I'm sure we'll be able to point you towards some reasonably priced, quality bikes in the area.

Also, you may want to post over in the main Classic and Vintage section, as you will get a lot more eyes, and this really isn't about any specific bike anymore.
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