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Centurion Turbo

Meeting seller to see this bike later this afternoon. CL ad has lousy pic but it's black, seller says original and very clean. Appears similar to this one from the catalog scan on Sheldon's site:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurio...s/04turbo.html

Probably too big for me. But either good for a modest flip or a trade. What do you think; how high would you go?
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Meeting seller to see this bike later this afternoon. CL ad has lousy pic but it's black, seller says original and very clean. Appears similar to this one from the catalog scan on Sheldon's site:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/centurio...s/04turbo.html

Probably too big for me. But either good for a modest flip or a trade. What do you think; how high would you go?
If it's totally original and very clean it's worth every one of the $250 the seller is asking. Lots of Superbe and full chrome beneath the paint. I sold one last summer that was not fully original and a 7 out of 10 cosmetic condition for $425 and the buyer was thrilled to get it.
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If you decide it won't work for you, PM me. Seriously.
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Oh man Im sad! I used to have that bike! I miss it bad. It was really quick and it rode smooth as silk.
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Originally Posted by 23skidoo View Post
If it's totally original and very clean it's worth every one of the $250 the seller is asking. Lots of Superbe and full chrome beneath the paint. I sold one last summer that was not fully original and a 7 out of 10 cosmetic condition for $425 and the buyer was thrilled to get it.
Wow! I agree, it's probably worth the $250, but not if you plan to flip or trade, despite 23skidoo's good fortune. For a keeper, I think it's a pretty good deal.

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It would have to be totally, completely perfect for it to have any flip potential around here. A popular or smaller sized version might bring $250 to $300 around here in riding season, and would take a while to get it. I would not be able to break even on a larger size (anything over 24 inch). I would pass in my market, as there is no margin for error.

But every market is unique.

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It's beautiful.

Having hesitated-and-lost on a couple of occasions, I went out to see the bike before the responses even came in. And I bought it, at the asking as the guy would not budge. I would have been even more eager to do so when he listed the bike for $150 on Christmas Eve but once I saw it I figured this was a can't-lose proposition.

It's in extremely good condition, appears to be all-original down to the tires and toe clip straps. It has been ridden, has some scratches to the paint that should touch up well as it's plain black, and a bit of wear to the Turbo saddle, but the working parts look very very clean. I suspect it got a season or two of use then was stored. It is just as the catalog shows, in fact this could be that exact bike.

It's definitely 56cm, which, to my surprise, I can ride, with the seatpost way down. I have been riding a 49cm and thinking a 52 would be better, but maybe I've been selling myself short.

The 'how much is too much' thread got me to thinking, and I had already decided that $250-300 was, for now, my top limit. For that price I have got a bike that is WAY better than I am as a cyclist. I'll try to get pics up tomorrow.
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Good price for an excellent condition keeper. I raise the bar myself for a keeper. Condition is everything, and when you can get a pristine vintage bike, its worth quite a bit more. No practical way to recreate pristine. Well done! And a 56 is a popular size, so if you change your mind later, you should be able to move on without losing anything. Try doing that with a new bike!
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Congrats, it sounds like a great bike! You would have been kicking yourself if you had missed it and the price is very fair, especially in such a large city as Chicago.
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