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Centurion Accordo...just picked it up!

Old 07-14-16, 03:30 PM
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Centurion Accordo...just picked it up!

Well, while going over Craigslist this morning, I spotted this bike in a 25'' frame. My size. But it was listed like this...even spelled wrong:

MENS CENTURIAN BIKE ~ NEEDS WORK !!!
MODEL : ACCORDO
DOUBLE BUTTED TUBES
25" FROM CENTER OF CRANK TO TOP OF SEAT POST !!!
$25~~~~~~~ ITS A CLASSIC !!!!


It even had a worn out bicycle bag attached over the handlebars (that was worn and smelled). Chain was almost solid rust where I had an issue removing it from the rear gears, but I had intentions on using a set I have anyway. But the paint is in such nice condition, even through the dirt, I was shocked and VERY happy!!!
So, to cut to the chase, I went to see it (it smells like an old damp basement, mainly the torn saddle) and of course for the price bought it! I can't wait to get started on it.
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Old 07-14-16, 03:40 PM
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Here's the photo that was on CRAIGSLIST...
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Old 07-14-16, 04:46 PM
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Cant go wrong for $25. It appears to have an Exage Sport group.

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Old 07-14-16, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
Can go wrong for $25. It appears to have an Exage Sport group.
Yes it does.
And as I started cleaning off the layers of dirt residing on the frame, I was blown away as to how nice the paint is! MUCH better than I could have ever hoped for. Apparently it was "put away wet" and left. And if what I read is true, this model ACCORDO is a 1989 and the last year it was made. I haven't had a red bike in a while, so this will be fun!
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Best part besides price, good paint & decals....it's your size!! Good score! Good luck with it!
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yup its a 1989 Model. The frame gfx is 1989 only.
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Old 07-15-16, 08:33 AM
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I might try and get started on it today. Well, least the tear down part to see what I'm really dealing with...but I'm chomping at the bit to polish and wax the frame!!!
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That looks a lot like how I found my 1989 Club Fuji. It looked like had been stored outside, leaning against something. It cleaned up nicely and now my son rides it. Some touch up paint and wax will do wonders for an old frame.
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I keep my bikes like I keep my cars...polished and waxed. This is also a couple of shots I took when I got it home yesterday. Filthy, but what lies beneath as I started is what I had hoped for.
BTW...I just got the chain off...using a screw driver and a heavy-duty pair of pliers. The links didn't want to budge at all, so it took twisting back and forth in one area (also using a rust removing solvent) to get it apart. This should be the worst of it.
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Keep us posted on the build. looks like it will be fun. heres a picture of another 1989 Accordo that I redid during the winter.

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keeping my fingers crossed for you that the post isn't stuck
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
keeping my fingers crossed for you that the post isn't stuck
I was wondering that also along with the pedals. But...all came off! The seat post still had some grease on it.
I've stripped the bike apart, so now begins the cleaning, greasing and rebuilding. I'll post some photos as I begin!
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Old 07-15-16, 07:19 PM
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[QUOTE=fleslider;18915393]Keep us posted on the build. looks like it will be fun. heres a picture of another 1989 Accordo that I redid during the winter.

Nice way to spend the off months! It really looks great!!


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My wife has had an Accordo since 1987?
It's been a great bike.
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As the work continues, I'll post some photos along the way.
Here are the parts I've stripped off, which came off very easily as I had hoped for. But it was the paint that I was most concerned with having issues on and it turns out I had nothing to worry about.
As you can see, I was so anxious to work on the paint, I didn't even remove the brake levers or the front derailleur. To get some of the grime off that seemed set into the paint, I went to my car cleaning cabinet and found an older can of rubbing compound I had saved years ago. If you've never used this before on a bike, go carefully or you'll remove more than what you want to. Anyway, this did the trick. I could see a bright red coming back, and after that I used one of my car polishes, Mequiars, to then make it look like the paint was wet. The photos don't do it justice. And when the bike is all done, a nice coat of wax.
So, this as far as I've gotten as of today;. The work continues...
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Since the pics were taken, I've cleaned and polished both derailleurs...brakes...and the cranks. I've also cleaned and repacked the bottom bracket and headset and cleaned the pedals, removing the useless straps. Next will be the neck and handlebars, brake levers and scouring the hoods. Bet I can get them pretty clean!

I just ordered Shimano brake cables off of ebay and I have derailleur cable here. If I don't want to repack the wheel hubs, etc. (which I don't), I'll use another set I have ready and waiting.

Hey...it's looking good so far!!!!!
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wow already its big change. the frame is cleaning up nicely!

What color are you going to tape the bars with?
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
wow already its big change. the frame is cleaning up nicely!

What color are you going to tape the bars with?
Probably white, to go with the decals and cables. But, since I'm putting a Specialized black saddle on it which has a bit of red on it, I might use black tape and change the cables to black. Hmmm...maybe even red tape. Decisions, decisions...

BTW...the chain was so rusted, it was almost like it was cut from one piece of steel. Worst one I've ever had to break off.

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I just put a set of wheels I had lying around on the bike. They're ARAYA black rim from an old Bianchi I had I figured I was going to use. But...although they spin true...the Freewheel has a slight wobble to it!! What the heck is causing this? Everything is tight. Any ideas???? If these don't work out, I have another setI'll use.

In the meantime, work continues along nicely. I need to attach the cables for the derailleurs and I'm waiting for the brake cables to arrive. So far, I'm very happy!!!

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I saw a really similar deal on CL yesterday on an Accordo exactly like yours OP, only it was a 54cm - too small for me. Otherwise I would've grabbed it. If you Google that bike you'll see some pretty cool restorations people have done on them. They're a really great looking ride in that red and white.
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I saw a really similar deal on CL yesterday on an Accordo exactly like yours OP, only it was a 54cm - too small for me. Otherwise I would've grabbed it. If you Google that bike you'll see some pretty cool restorations people have done on them. They're a really great looking ride in that red and white.
If you can get a good deal on a bike like this, just get it for the components. Sell the frameset by itself and you'll have spare parts for a future build. I did that with a Centurion Ironman Expert many years ago. Parts were mint, and I sold the frameset for more than I paid for the entire bike.
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Originally Posted by oldbikenewbike View Post
If you can get a good deal on a bike like this, just get it for the components. Sell the frameset by itself and you'll have spare parts for a future build. I did that with a Centurion Ironman Expert many years ago. Parts were mint, and I sold the frameset for more than I paid for the entire bike.
Yeah I thought about doing that, but the bike was missing it's front wheel, and the parts looked pretty banged up. I just cannot bring another bike home right now either, lol.
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look over the Exage RD closely, in the body casting corners around the parallelogram pivots - they have a tendency to crack.
Shimano has a stress riser in all their RDs that has been there forever to cut their weight below Campy and Suntour.
It makes their RD body very sensitive to cleanliness of the alloy casting. Many of the newer low-grade Shimano RDs have cracked there.
Here's a Tiagra busted in the same spot
Specifically, my buddy and his daughter just rebuilt a Frankenbike Shogun Selectra for her - first year of the Exage SIS, and sure enough, the RD was cracked there.
He replaced the derailleurs and brakes with new 105

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[QUOTE=bulldog1935;18924564]look over the Exage RD closely, in the body casting corners around the parallelogram pivots - they have a tendency to crack.

Thanks for the warning! I've never heard of this before, but apparently it's more prevalent than I would have guessed on something like this. I'll give it a good looking over in the morning.
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NOt bad for $25! Great looking build so far...
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