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Old 10-17-05, 12:24 AM
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First semi-vintage find...another Centurian Ironman

I suppose it's nothing particularly special, considering the ammout of posts about Dave Scott Ironman Centurians popping up lately, but I've just picked up one. I've actually been a solid mountain biker for quite some time, but have recently been bitten by the road bug (most likely because of commuting to class/around town here). I've been looking for a nice steel frame for a few months now, but I suppose given the region (northern West Virginia), they don't seem to pop up very much.

I found this Ironman Expert for $125 which seems a bit high to me, but I suppose that's because I don't haunt yard sales every weekend looking for people selling things they don't know the value of (if only I had that kind of dedication).

I'm not entirely sure of the year - the serial is N7A5437....does that mean '87? It's running all origional 105, and when I rode it felt really smooth - surprisingly so. Rims have stickers reading 'Wolber Super Champion Alpine' - none of that sounds familiar, but I'm guessing they're stock. Either way they seem quite true The only things new on the bike, as far as I can tell, are the seat and the clipless pedals (added by the last owner because they were 'all the rage' despite being 'so hard to use'), which will both be replaced. I'm supposed to get a call from her when she finds the orig straps.

The only thing that I don't like about the bike is the paint job. I really don't like the paint. I'm going to cringe if I have to strip it for repainting though, because the paint job is in increadible shape.....I really doubt the bike's been ridden much. I can't find rust or major chips anywhere, but wow......I really can't deal with this color. I'd definitely be interested in trading the frame/fork for something comperable, but barring that it's going to be covered with a lot of plastic contact-paper until that happens or I find somewhere to paint the frame and work up the guts to ruin near mint decals and paint. Anyone want to trade?

I can't decide if I want to keep everything as is, just doing a lot of cleaning/tuneup stuff, or if I want to convert it to a fixie....probably just keep it as is at least until I get some money saved up. I do have most of the winter to work on it as I want, I suppose.
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Old 10-17-05, 12:36 AM
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Man -- the last time I saw those two colors at the same time, the school janitor had to come and put sawdust on it.

That's even worse than the '87 Centurion Cavaletto I had.
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I'd take the frame/fork off your hands...nothin' to trade for it though...and my roommates would probably kill me for bringing more bike stuff into the apartment.

I love ugly bikes - my pink and white bianchi is beautiful
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Dude, I have the same color frame , but with Ultegra/Shimano 600 components. It's currently my basemiler, knocking off 100-150 miles per week. Seeing as how I do most of my riding at night the color scheme is more of an afterthought. If the bike fits you well and you're happy with the ride quality, you might find yourself caring less.
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Wow, and I thought the 88/89 Ironman had some uber 80's paint going on. Dang! If it were me, I'd paint it (or have it painted), but that's probably because I'm in the middle of one repaint right now and been rather happy with the results thus far.
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I think it's beautiful. And it looks just my size!
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I like the paint, too!
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What size is it
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It's a 54 cm, or at least was advertized as such after being measured by my LBS for the seller.

I went out circling hardware stores today looking for the sticky-backed plastic sheets I've heard about on here (and on case-modding forums), but absolutely could not find anything but contact paper. The brushed steel paper looks cool, but the stuff absolutely does not have enough adhesive to stay on a bike frame. Could anyone shoot me a specific brand name, or clue me in as to what section of Lowes (there's no Home Depot around here) I should have looked in, or maybe give me a sepcific brand name?
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I pink bikes !
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Majik - try the hobby shop. Model plane builders seem to use a lot of stick-on graphis in large sheets.
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I think I had a Hot Wheels that color. Either that, or I saw Don Johnson on one in Miami Vice.

I agree, though--it would be a shame to ruin near-perfect paint and decals.
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I have a Schwinn Super Sport from that era with a similar paint design, except it has white on the seat tube instead of yellow. Schwinn called that color "magenta". Obviously "magenta" is far more "manly" than a bike that is "pink".

Although I'm not wild "magenta", I'm guessing that men's bikes that are pink or magenta may be close to theft-proof. I just don't think that typical street punk would feel comfortable saying to his buddies "Hey, it's NOT pink...it's magenta".
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