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Old 07-28-17, 04:07 PM
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Centurion Pro Tour Progress

I have finished the majority of the work on my 1984 Centurion Pro Tour 15. I picked this bike up from @Lascauxcaveman inAugust 2013. It is surprising that Ihave had this bike for almost four years now. I cleaned and lubed everything. The changes I made to the bike are fairly minor and include: Stock Centurion rear rack from @nesteel, a used SuntourCyclone GT rear derailleur from e-bay, used handlebars and Gran Compe brake levers from e-bay, and stem, leather handlebar tape, cables/housings, and barrel adjusters from VO. I also installed the Nitto front rack I purchased at the same time as the bike from @Lascauxcaveman. I did upgrade to a seven-speed Freewheel shortly after getting the bike (without spreading the rear dropouts).

I love the way this bike rides, it is great for those longer outings. When I am just going for a ride in the afternoon, I use the Ironman, but this bike for all others. Next is to get some new fenders from VO (I like the faceted ones) and a bag for the front rack.

For @Wildwood, I am almost positive this is your old bike… Look familiar?

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Old 07-28-17, 04:18 PM
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Looks great! I had one from the same year - they ride very, very well. Enjoy!
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Oh, and I also converted from shrader to presta valves with the insert that goes in the wheel.
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Originally Posted by CountryBiking View Post
@Wildwood, I am almost positive this is your old bike… Look familiar?
Yep, he's the guy I bought it from, a year or two before passing it on to you. IIRC, he bought it new in 1983 or '84. And I'd say I really miss it, but I've acquired several tourers one size up since then, and I'm pretty happy with them.

Really like what you've done with it; the bar tape and saddle colors are perfect for that frame I never did like those black bars that were on there, and only got a little use from the interrupters.

And I was an Idiot to sell you that Nitto front rack. D'oh!
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Oh, and I also converted from shrader to presta valves with the insert that goes in the wheel.
Good move.

If I were restricted to one bicycle, a road touring bike would be a very logical choice. Looking good!
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Nice bike, did a great job of updating it. I like my VO fenders and the same front rack but I had to get longer stays to reach the lower mounts on my 81
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That is looking GREAT! A flagship level bike with flagship level components on it!

I absolutely LOVE the GranCompe levers. There's something so understatedly classy about them.

IMO- the ride of a touring bike is something really really special. Some may consider it slow and deliberate, I think it's cushy and elegant. The analogy I use is a 1972 Cadillac ElDorado of bikes.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
That is looking GREAT! A flagship level bike with flagship level components on it!

I absolutely LOVE the GranCompe levers. There's something so understatedly classy about them.

IMO- the ride of a touring bike is something really really special. Some may consider it slow and deliberate, I think it's cushy and elegant. The analogy I use is a 1972 Cadillac ElDorado of bikes.

Thank you for the thoughts.

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Looks great! I had one from the same year - they ride very, very well. Enjoy!

It does ride nice, thank you.

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Yep, he's the guy I bought it from, a year or two before passing it on to you. IIRC, he bought it new in 1983 or '84. And I'd say I really miss it, but I've acquired several tourers one size up since then, and I'm pretty happy with them.

Really like what you've done with it; the bar tape and saddle colors are perfect for that frame I never did like those black bars that were on there, and only got a little use from the interrupters.

And I was an Idiot to sell you that Nitto front rack. D'oh!

Thank you Caveman! I like the Nitto rack!!

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Good move.

If I were restricted to one bicycle, a road touring bike would be a very logical choice. Looking good!

I agree, I cannot carry much on my Ironman. Thank you.

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Nice bike, did a great job of updating it. I like my VO fenders and the same front rack but I had to get longer stays to reach the lower mounts on my 81

Yours is a nice looking bike too! Thank you.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
That is looking GREAT! A flagship level bike with flagship level components on it!

I absolutely LOVE the GranCompe levers. There's something so understatedly classy about them.

IMO- the ride of a touring bike is something really really special. Some may consider it slow and deliberate, I think it's cushy and elegant. The analogy I use is a 1972 Cadillac ElDorado of bikes.
+1

My '79 Pro Tour is easily my favorite bike to ride.

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I absolutely LOVE the GranCompe levers. ...
The do indeed look great, but the reach is a bit too long for me to make a quick and strong panic grab, which is why I stuck with ca. 1960s Weinmanns or the early 1970s DiaCompe Weinmann clones.
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So here's the history.
Purchased in the Spring of '85, from a shop in San Jose, CA for $300. I lived in Los Gatos and rode the San Jose side of the Santa Cruz Mts. And the flats toward Campbell and onward to Santa Clara. 27"X1 1/4" and double box wall rims have that 'big roll' feeling. Moved to Santa Cruz county in 1988, so now the coastal side of the mountains was my playground. It had a baby carrier on the original rear rack for many years. Then a kidback tag-a-long attached to the seatpost. It took me on many centuries Santa Cruz to Monterey and return. Twice down the coast road to Morro Bay.


It was my only roadie for more than a dozen years. Liked the versatility and the durability.
I moved on to 9 then 10 speed Ergo. But the Centurion touring with friction 5 was my start.


edit: the first cycle computer turned over 20,000 before breaking, so the frame's mileage is a guess at 40-50k miles, before Tim got it.


It has never looked better than now. Enjoy.

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That is indeed a beautiful machine! I love what you've done with it. Very tasteful and classy. I have the lower spec 1984 Elite GT with the same geometry. It's my favorite bike by far, and as mentioned before feels like a big plush Cadillac. I hope to find myself a 1984 Pro Tour one day too.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
So here's the history.
Purchased in the Spring of '85, from a shop in San Jose, CA for $300. I lived in Los Gatos and rode the San Jose side of the Santa Cruz Mts. And the flats toward Campbell and onward to Santa Clara. 27"X1 1/4" and double box wall rims have that 'big roll' feeling. Moved to Santa Cruz county in 1988, so now the coastal side of the mountains was my playground. It had a baby carrier on the original rear rack for many years. Then a kidback tag-a-long attached to the seatpost. It took me on many centuries Santa Cruz to Monterey and return. Twice down the coast road to Morro Bay.


It was my only roadie for more than a dozen years. Liked the versatility and the durability.
I moved on to 9 then 10 speed Ergo. But the Centurion touring with friction 5 was my start.


edit: the first cycle computer turned over 20,000 before breaking, so the frame's mileage is a guess at 40-50k miles, before Tim got it.


It has never looked better than now. Enjoy.
That's great to have that history!!!

I like to guess where my bikes, guitars and stereos have been... it's got to be really cool in KNOWING.
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So here's the history.
Purchased in the Spring of '85, from a shop in San Jose, CA for $300. I lived in Los Gatos and rode the San Jose side of the Santa Cruz Mts. And the flats toward Campbell and onward to Santa Clara. 27"X1 1/4" and double box wall rims have that 'big roll' feeling. Moved to Santa Cruz county in 1988, so now the coastal side of the mountains was my playground. It had a baby carrier on the original rear rack for many years. Then a kidback tag-a-long attached to the seatpost. It took me on many centuries Santa Cruz to Monterey and return. Twice down the coast road to Morro Bay.


It was my only roadie for more than a dozen years. Liked the versatility and the durability.
I moved on to 9 then 10 speed Ergo. But the Centurion touring with friction 5 was my start.


edit: the first cycle computer turned over 20,000 before breaking, so the frame's mileage is a guess at 40-50k miles, before Tim got it.


It has never looked better than now. Enjoy.
Thank you @Wildwood for the back story. I have picked up bits and pieces of it through your other posts on BF, but it is great to have the "rest of the story." Thank you again.

Wow, that's a lot of miles. When I was going through it, I wanted to take the drive side crank off to clean it thoroughly. I attempted to pull it with the Audex crank cap and allen bolt, but it would not come (I did not want to pull too hard on that bolt), so I had to use my puller (which worked fine). The BB spindle is still tight and spins like butter (I am not sure if it is original, but I suspect it is), so I did not have to open it up.

Maybe I will meet you someday at one of the Caveman's outings. My wife and I like riding around the north Olympic Peninsula in the PA, Sequim, PT area. We haven't quite been up to his recent treks though.
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That is indeed a beautiful machine! I love what you've done with it. Very tasteful and classy. I have the lower spec 1984 Elite GT with the same geometry. It's my favorite bike by far, and as mentioned before feels like a big plush Cadillac. I hope to find myself a 1984 Pro Tour one day too.
AustinFitz, I see that you also have an '85 Ironman. That is my other go-to bike that I bought new in 1985. I love its ride too!!
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@CountryBiking - reguestimating mileage on the frame is more likely closer to 35,000. There was an early Cannondale that shared annual miles for 3 years, before my rump demanded it be sold. So not exactly my sole roadie for 14 years, but almost; as the aluminum experience was soooo forgettable.
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AustinFitz, I see that you also have an '85 Ironman. That is my other go-to bike that I bought new in 1985. I love its ride too!!
Yep! I love mine too! I just recently bought it from it's original owner. He was sad to see it go, but happy it was going to someone who would really appreciated it. It's in great condition! Only reason I don't ride it too often is because I can't take more than a few miles on the original Turbo saddle, and I haven't been able to afford the Brooks I want yet. Other than the saddle it's a fantastic bike! I've been hooked on Centurions since the first ride on my Elite GT

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Well, a bit more progress on the Pro Tour...

I just installed some VO fenders. I would like to thank @bicyclebradley for his excellent thread on his Pro Tour build. His fender install description was very helpful. I also beefed up the mounting of the Nitto front rack. I got an extravagant small bag for the rack too. Now I am ready for my winter rides! What do y'all think? ...
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Man, that is one sweet ProTour.
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^^^ Thank you. I call it my Cadillac ride!
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Some things just get better when properly maintained & upgraded.

As stated before, Never Looked Better.

A bicycle living the Good Life.
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That looks fantastic.
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Well, a bit more progress on the Pro Tour...

I just installed some VO fenders. I would like to thank @bicyclebradley for his excellent thread on his Pro Tour build. His fender install description was very helpful. I also beefed up the mounting of the Nitto front rack. I got an extravagant small bag for the rack too. Now I am ready for my winter rides! What do y'all think? ...
I think:
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That is absolutely gorgeous! The '84 Pro Tour has been a dream bike of mine for a long time now, and if all goes according to plan I should be the owner of one soon!
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