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Christmas Came Early-1987 Centurion Dave Scott Expert Ironman-Intact/Time Vault

Old 12-01-18, 12:30 PM
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I swear I had nothing to do with this.

The movement grows on it's own.
First seedsbelize.
Now this.

It never ends.


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Actually, gonna have to take about a three-four month break if the Medical Insurance can ever get done with their approval process, been a month. Then find out how the new body recovers.

But I feel fortunate as I have three vintage bikes that appear in the new and excellent book "Japanese Steel" and they all ride really nice. They seem to have found me, like this bike did.
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Incredible luck ... outstanding condition ... Old fella has found a good home ...
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You got the best color scheme.

Now, ride it like you stole it!

Seriously though, congrats on a great bike. It rivals the thoroughbreds.
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Robbie its partly your fault..

Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I swear I had nothing to do with this.

The movement grows on it's own.
First seedsbelize.
Now this.

It never ends.


I was happy with my too big for me Lemans but when researching info for it I kept seeing this RobbieTunes dude raving about the Ironman. Now I have two...
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Old 12-02-18, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
One day I'll get one of these and see what all the fuss is about. In the meantime, enjoy yours! Congrats on finding it complete and correct; that doesn't suck.
Better get one the secret is out!
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Here is my other red Japanese racing bike which shares DNA with the 1987 Centurion Expert Ironman. This is a 1976 Takahishi Sannow Sport, search my posts and you will find the full story on this bike with many detail photos (head badge alone will be worth the search), but of interest to this post is the history. If you will look up the Centurion Professional you will find that its bike frame is identical to that of the Sannow Sport, but this frame likely custom ordered from Sannow Sport has three differences, those lovely identical but chromed lugs on the head tube and top of the seat tube, then there is also the First Generation Black Dura Ace gruppo minus the hubs. And the hubs? Sunshine Pro-Am hubs as nice a hub as you'll ever find. Someone in 1976 built their dream bike. I added the Nitto lugged stem to give me the reach I needed and the SPD pedals. I also swapped out the drilled black 52T chain ring and moved the drilled black 47T inner ring to the outer ring and added a 42T as a new inner chain ring as I ride this bike and the knees appreciate the help. Also I swapped out the Unicantor Cenilli seat, carefully stored, to be replaced by my butt loves them Selle Italia seat. It will be very interesting to compare the rides of these two bikes, joined in DNA and separated by 11 years.

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Originally Posted by TXsailor View Post
I was happy with my too big for me Lemans but when researching info for it I kept seeing this RobbieTunes dude raving about the Ironman. Now I have two...
And your children will have them.
And your children's children.
And so it goes.
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Ace.

The admiration certain Japanese builders had for Cinelli products is obvious, and their attempts to honor it and reproduce it are equal in quality.

The Pro Tour and Semi Pro certainly demonstrate that, and Tsunoda and others yielded no ground in their skills and craftsmanship.
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Here is my other red Japanese racing bike which shares DNA with the 1987 Centurion Expert Ironman. This is a 1976 Takahishi Sannow Sport, search my posts and you will find the full story on this bike with many detail photos (head badge alone will be worth the search), but of interest to this post is the history. If you will look up the Centurion Professional you will find that its bike frame is identical to that of the Sannow Sport, but this frame likely custom ordered . It will be very interesting to compare the rides of these two bikes, joined in DNA and separated by 11 years.
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Thanks Robbie and yes the Ferrari that is the Cinelli Super Sport was venerated, so these hand made Japanese bikes to the Toyota GT of the early 60s. For the 87 Ironman my plan is to clean it and touch up the two rust spots on the seat tube other little nicks but leave the decals as is, though I will keep you in mind on the seat tube decal that has been scraped on one side. Plan there is to see if a careful coating of clear coat will smooth things out a little. I like the signs of use as that's my plan on all my vintage bikes, use. It just adds to their art..

And yes I have similar thoughts, these are not just my bike, but hopefully a grand child's bike, or, if not then as I age out they may be a special award to a deserving school child, you know that one whose eyes grow big and the smile rides with them when they ride away.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
And your children will have them.
And your children's children.
And so it goes.
How true that is. I am trying to get the guy on E-bay to ship the 50 cm one I bought nearly two weeks ago for my granddaughter. I am starting to think I'm going to have to get a refund and give up on him.
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Nice score Since6!

I grease both the seatpost and the Stem , it helps keep the rusting (Steel-2-Steel) and the galvanic corrosion (Aluminum-2-Steel) down on the them.
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Fleslider thanks. Yes, soon as I had cleaned the old grease off both seatpost and stem I got out my tube of Phil's grease and coated both liberally. Amazing that neither had welded themselves together as both were removed for packing and shipping. Just set up my 72 Katakura-Silk/Nishiki Professional on the trainer and will move the cycle computer to the rear wheel to begin the winter training rides while vintage rock and roll makes the time pass.
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Originally Posted by since6 View Post
...while vintage rock and roll makes the time pass.
+1

Dave Clark Five (rippin' out of the radio)
The Who (for intervals)
The Ramones (keep that cadence up)

But my favorite trainer song is, and remains, "Enter Sandman"
I have no idea why. I'm not really into that band.
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Now there's a thought for a post, great winter trainer play lists.
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Hereís another thing that simply must go. The wonky calibrated seat post with many many really long channels. From what Iíve read about this seat post design itís an invitation if you get caught out in the rain some day to dumping water down into the bottom bracket and/or rusting the seat tube. Suggestions of period correct replacements for this seat post are welcome.
just go for a nitto....work great look great
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