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Old 02-29-16, 12:52 PM
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Centurion Pro Tour

There have been various threads posted here regarding this particular Centurion model, which appears to be highly regarded. Some have converted theirs to 650b as well - I have always considered the Centurion Pro Tour a rather unique production bike, perhaps a bit misleading in regard to the low numbers and hand made aspect of the frames. I just purchased a late '70's ( or so ) version from forum member gugie, who was kind enough to prep the frame and make sure everything was perfectly aligned, should be delivered soon and from there it will be built up with 700C wheels, hammered fenders etc.

It would be great to see other Pro Tours as well, although I cannot imagine there are too many, especially the first generation with the center pull brake posts. I was going to measure the axle once I remove the crank set from a Nishiki Cresta that most of the parts are coming from, but does anyone know the proper width for using an older Sugino triple crank set with a cartridge bottom bracket? I would think around 117mm or so. Need to order one soon.


I will post images once it arrives and is being built up, in the meantime, anyone have their own Pro Tour they would like to share? I suppose because there are bound to be only a few the Semi Pro models are welcome as well.
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I thought long and hard about buying that frame. It's a beauty. What center pulls are you going with? It's my understanding that MAFACs will fit on the studs just dandy, but for Dia-Compes (more appropriate to the frame) you need the conversion hardware that Compass sells. If cost were no object, I'd go with Paul Racers.



Forum member @bicyclebradley had a great build thread on his a while back, but it was the canti version.

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My only experience with Centurion. Was my first bike as an adult. 1984 model purchased in Spring 1985 for $299.



edit: now gone to other owners. I moved away from touring frames, but it was my only roadie for a dozen years and served faithfully as the 'wet' bike for many more.
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Old 02-29-16, 02:03 PM
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1983 model for sale on auction with a few days left-- looks pretty much original.
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I thought about buying that bike as well. What a really great bike.
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My favorite bike for the last couple of years

IMG_20150926_171031497 by Chris Wilson, on Flickr

76' Centurion ProTour.
55 ish "French Fit"
Phil hubs, Sun CR18 hoops, Pasela 32mm tires.
Brooks Saddle and bar tape.
Dia-Comp brakes.
Nitto Bars and stem
T.A. Chainset
Suntour Cyclone Mechs, shifters and freewheel.

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One of my earliest C&V purchases, a '78 Pro Tour. Entirely too big for me, but every inch of it screamed quality.













...Shame I didn't yet know the first thing about photographing a bicycle.
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3 of 4 pictured, complete bikes are wearing fenders.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
One of my earliest C&V purchases, a '78 Pro Tour. Entirely too big for me, but every inch of it screamed quality.
...Shame I didn't yet know the first thing about photographing a bicycle.
Great minds think alike.



And I need to work on my photography skills as well!
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Those with burgundy ( closet color I can think of ) paint certainly do a great job of contrasting with the chrome accents, and it is a favorite but I will take what I can get! And thanks gugie for posting a picture of the frame - it just arrived in Blaine today so i will be driving down there on Wednesday to pick it up.
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Originally Posted by VintageRide View Post
Those with burgundy ( closet color I can think of ) paint certainly do a great job of contrasting with the chrome accents, and it is a favorite but I will take what I can get! And thanks gugie for posting a picture of the frame - it just arrived in Blaine today so i will be driving down there on Wednesday to pick it up.
Honestly, I wish my 60cm were pearly silver white like the 57cm youre picking up. Maybe someday we can meet in between with you and your brother for a Tour de Pro Tour.
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@gugie -- For a minute I thought we had pics of the same bike, but that would've meant you added a front reflector and nobody does that. There are officially at least two in 60cm rolling around PDX I guess.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
@gugie -- For a minute I thought we had pics of the same bike, but that would've meant you added a front reflector and nobody does that. There are officially at least two in 60cm rolling around PDX I guess.
Yep, I ran out to the shop to see if mine was missing when I saw your post! Did you sell it to someone in Portlandia?
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I would love to get my hands on one of these. It's near the top of my list of sensible, not too flashy looking touring bikes for year long commuting.
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I had the cheaper version Elite GT, easily the biggest regret of all the bikes I have sold.
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We had some good times together in 2015. Still have to get 'round to adjusting the front canti yoke but haven't done any serious loaded rides with it so braking has been fine. Looking forward to taking it on some longer rides this year!

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Yep, I ran out to the shop to see if mine was missing when I saw your post! Did you sell it to someone in Portlandia?
Yeah, sold it to the guy up there who makes the wool jerseys... umm... don't remember his name and a cursory search didn't turn up his business card. Only owned it briefly before realizing it was waaay too big, but if I knew then what I know now that sucker woulda been ebay, not a local CL sale.
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Those bikes are serious Class A bikes, all the way around.
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I had the cheaper version Elite GT, easily the biggest regret of all the bikes I have sold.
Mine is on "long term loan" to the eldest son. Still a great bike.
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Here's my 1977 silver-gray version without the completely-chromed frame. Hopefully the weather breaks for the better soon here in Sweden, because she hasn't been out since around October.



So far she has lived with me in three US states and now three towns in southern Sweden, and has also seen some roads in Denmark. Once I work out the issue of choosing a front derailleur, she'll get 2x8 brifters that have been sitting in a box for a couple months now...

I'm trying to find a link to my original 6-year old thread, but I can't find it.

Edit: Found the original thread here.

Now she wears 135 mm spaced rear hybrid cassette hub, 8-speed cassette, Sanyo dynamo front hub with B&M dynamo lighting, 700c rims, Shimano Acera modern MTB rear derailleur. A really fantastic bike.

Edit again: Found some more recent pictures.

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Oh, for what it's worth:

Paul's brakes will not fit on the posts on the Centurion bikes. They use V-brake standard posts and mounting plates.

The Dia Compes are among the most competent brakes I've ever used. I also have a set of Paul's CPs mounted on the brake bolt of a different bike that are excellent, but I'm not sure they're any better, really.
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Originally Posted by djkashuba View Post

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Damn, that's she looks like nekkid?

Wow! Mine's wearing a pretty burgundy dress, but you've got me thinking...
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Those bikes are serious Class A bikes, all the way around.
and people wonder what drew me to Centurions.... First ones I saw were in a shop, before I ever thought about buying another bike.
Shop had a Pro Tour and a Semi Pro sitting in the window, and was selling the Lemans 12 and Super Lemans like nobody's business.
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