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All-original 1986 Centurion Ironman Expert Dave Scott - Great condition

Old 01-25-14, 04:53 AM
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All-original 1986 Centurion Ironman Expert Dave Scott - Great condition

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I was given a bike from an older family member who had this sitting in his garage for more than 25 years. The bike is a 1986 Centurion Ironman Expert Dave Scott. I have been doing some research on the bike and everything I have found has verified that this bike is 100% original; from the grip-tape, to the toe-clip straps, to the tires which seem to still have plenty of life left in them. This bike might not look exactly like it did when it rolled out of the shop but I'd bet it is one of the best examples of that. The bike is too small for me and just a bit too big for my girlfriend so I'm thinking about selling it. I haven't found one in this condition with all original parts so I was hoping that some people could chime in and tell me more about the bike and what it's worth!

1986 Centurion - Ironman Dave Scott Expert
- Size: 51cm
- All original Shimano 105 and 105-SLR Components
- Biopace Drive System
- Vetta Saddle
- Nitto stem and bars
- Sugino Toe-Straps and Seatpost
- Wheels: Wobler Super Champion Alpine
- Tires: Panarace Tecnova - 200 x 20c

Thanks for reading everyone!!
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Old 01-25-14, 05:10 AM
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Excellent condition, in need of lubrication because it's been sitting so long. However, worth $300-$400 as-is, depending upon location market and marketing skills.

You would be better off taking photos outdoors against a clean neutral background and include a drive side photo. The closeups are fine as-is.

As far as fitting your girlfriend, just find a slightly taller girlfriend, around 5'4"!
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I think the small size may actually hurt you a little on this one but I know I would pay $400 for one that nice in my size. I say that, and I would, but I would cry like a little school girl about anything over $350.
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Yep, $300-350. Size limits the market, but if you're in a college town, wait until spring.

I would buy it as a donor bike, though. Looks like a nice 105 group set.
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Thanks for your replies. What is the best way to go about selling the bike. Should I post it on BF, ebay, craigslist, or all the above?
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Old 01-25-14, 03:30 PM
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So I guess I'm not allowed to reply to a PM because I'm a Newbie, but...

Right now, I wouldn't be willing to sell the bike for less than $350, not including shipping, mainly because I am still trying to find out a little more about it. And I truly feel like this could be someone's prized possession or a collector could get some enjoyment out of the bike (Hopefully there are some girls out there that would want it, or maybe really short men... haha). I CANNOT find one in this condition and with ALL original parts, so I would love to see it go to a good home where they wont be tearing her apart. I really appreciate your interest though! and thank you for the selling tips!!
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Old 01-25-14, 04:23 PM
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Such lack of trust from a noob!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. FYI, they are rare in certain midwest locations, but far more common in the west, south, and east. I bought one in Toledo, OH last summer for $275.

Another fellow here just paid $150 for an exceptionally clean example in Orange County, CA a week ago.
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-Scott-Expert

Sold prices are all over the map on ebay and require a lot of effort to pack and ship.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/Sporting-Goo...H_Sold=1&rt=nc
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Thanks for putting up the links. Just as a side-point, I am from San Francisco Bay Area. Maybe i'm just too in love with the bike! Haha. Those were pretty great examples but they weren't 100% stock... close, but not 100%. When looking through the CV threads, people talk a lot about getting a bike with all original parts; that bikes like that are worth much more. I still have yet to see one like this. Its not that I don't have trust in you guys! haha. I just really want to find someone who would appreciate the bike for being all original; maybe a collector or someone who likes to restore bikes back to original show room quality. I don't know if there are many people out there like that. Maybe its just wishful thinking!

If you guys had this bike (all original, Great condition, but it just isn't your size), what would you do with it. I would REALLY like to keep it all together and not part it out. If you were to sell it, what would be your asking price. I appreciate all the help I'm getting! You have all been very patient with this over-excited noob!
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The bike you've got is generally viewed as a good rider, meaning you wouldn't hang it on a wall. As such, original dry rotted tires/tubes/bar tape, dry grease, and other consumables like cables are not considered a good thing. The bike is a really nice example in an attractive size for a woman which is probably who would buy it. If I were selling it, I would grease the cables, chain and replace the tires/tubes and maybe the bar tape if it was dried out as well as tune it up. I would find out what similar equipped bikes in that size are going for in my area, and price it on the high end due to condition and road worthiness. I would list on craigslist with good pictures and a detailed write-up including size, height of rider, frame material, components, maintenance performed, etc. Hope that helps and good luck.

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I had a minty Ironman in a 58 cm that was in perfect condition. 10 actual miles on the bike, then original owner hung it up in a dry basement. Kept the 105 components and put them on another bike. Sold frame/fork with headset and seatpost for $200.00.

FWIW, the bike you've got is cool, not rare, condition aside and not likely to get any sort of huge premium. I agree with the $300 to $400 range. It is sad but there are thousands of garage queens out there. Folks get all steamed up to ride, maybe get in shape as a New Year's resolution or whatever and then just don't follow through. Happens all the time.
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Let the OP enjoy has fantasy moment as if he were the first guy to be dating Kate Upton!
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