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Old 04-02-18, 03:08 PM
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Centurion bike identification/ possible appraisal

I have an old centurion bike that I recently found out might be a pretty cool old thing. Just wanted to confirm that and find out a bit about it.

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Based on the dark-can't-see-crap pictures and the lack of information about the bike (i.e., model, components, condition, etc.), I can authoritatively pronounce this bike to be worth somewhere between something and nothing.
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Can’t tell what model yours is from the pics, but it is a relatively lower-end model given the parts on the bike.
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Here's a bit of history on the make. It appears that yours is from the mid-70's, which means it would be made from high-tensile tubing that's heavier than the tubing WSI specified in the 80's. Despite that, it's likely a very nice handling bike with mid-range components designed for comfortable, reliable use. If the bike fits, ride it!
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Originally Posted by Aubergine
Can’t tell what model yours is from the pics, but it is a relatively lower-end model given the parts on the bike.
what parts are lower end? Is it worth putting a little bit of money into it? I was thinking some cheap new aluminum rims (one is dented) and maybe a new brake system? rims look to be 100$ for both front and back.

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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist
Based on the dark-can't-see-crap pictures and the lack of information about the bike (i.e., model, components, condition, etc.), I can authoritatively pronounce this bike to be worth somewhere between something and nothing.
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Most helpful forum response I've ever seen. As you can read from the rest of the post I do not have information on the "i.e., model, components, condition, etc." I also had to cut the resolution and quality of the images in half to fit them on the forum. I even tried posting links to higher quality images because this is my first post but apparently I have to have 10 posts first.

Due to this response I can authoritatively pronounce this poster's input and experience to be worth somewhere between something and nothing.
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The head badge on your bike points to it being from the mid 70's. The stem shifters, kickstand, and safety lever brakes, point towards it being a lower end, or recreational, bike.
Not a bad bike but not one of Centurions more lusted after high end race bikes. I'm going to guess what you have is of of the most popular early Centurion bikes, a Le Mans.
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Originally Posted by behindmymonocle
what parts are lower end? Is it worth putting a little bit of money into it? I was thinking some cheap new aluminum rims (one is dented) and maybe a new brake system? rims look to be 100$ for both front and back.

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The ROI on upgrading a bike like this is never good. I'd fix what needs fixing (one wheel?) tune it up and you've got a nice mid-entry level rider that you could do up with racks and mudguards if you wanted. Those brakes can probably be dialed in just fine. Call it a classy B-bike and look for your next bike up the food chain. N+1.

The frame is the heart of a nice bike so generally you don't want to throw good parts at an lower quality frame (read non-butted). Still, yours looks decent from even with dark-crappy pics.
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Likely a LeMans...

Given the age, likely a LeMans 12.

It is a relatively useful bike, worth it's utility value as a nice functional road bike that will clean up well and deliver years of service.

It is not exactly worth a new set of wheels, maybe a used set of wheels.

It will be best to clean it up, lube it and adjust it, then ride it. If you like it, maybe spring for wrap and whatever it may need.
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Unfortunately, I can't read the first charactetrs in the serial number, which are critical to determining the age.However, it was manufactured by Nissan. The decal style, in conjunction with the head badge style, puts it into the very late 1970s, which is consistent with the handful of Nissan manufactured Centurion that have surfaced.

Regarding the model, I agree that it appears to be a Lemans. It has a claw mount rear derailleur, so it is lower than a Super Lemans. The LeMans of this era typically used butted tubes in the main triangle, but they were hi-tensile steel.
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