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An Unusual Centurion for T-Mar

Old 12-10-09, 12:38 PM
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An Unusual Centurion for T-Mar

Tom...... Unusual LeMans in that it was never stamped w/ a serial #..... Absolutely nothing on the BB housing or seat tube or dropouts or head tube...... WTH?


BTW, I have to say that this new C&V format sucks, waaaaaay too many advertisements and they like to get in the way when I'm creating a post. I'll purchase a God d**ned star if we can go back to the old site....

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Old 12-10-09, 01:28 PM
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I like that handlebar etching or engraving.
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Originally Posted by bigwoo View Post
Tom...... Unusual LeMans in that it was never stamped w/ a serial #..... Absolutely nothing on the BB housing or seat tube or dropouts...... WTH?


BTW, I have to say that this new C&V format sucks, waaaaaay too many advertisements and they like to get in the way when I'm creating a post. I'll purchase a God d**ned star if we can go back to the old site....

















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Very nice Centurion. I have never seen that logo, which is definitely Centurion and the parent company's, used on the bike itself.Nice copper color-great bike. Every now and then there was a Japanese made bike that came through my store that did not have a serial number anywhere on the bike -bb, head tube, rear dropouts, seat tube -nothing, or completely painted over when new.
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Interesting frame sticker. What do the green letters spell?

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Looks like "Tension" which I'm guessing is gaspipe. Somebody else had a bike here with a 531 rip off sticker but it wasn't the same.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Interesting frame sticker. What do the green letters spell?
Looks like "hi-tension"
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you can see a "-" (dash) before it wraps around to the left

just after th "UL" in yellow
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Old 12-10-09, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Bam42685 View Post
Looks like "Tension" which I'm guessing is gaspipe. Somebody else had a bike here with a 531 rip off sticker but it wasn't the same.
I think this is the one. My favorite, came off a 1976 Superia. "Bonderized" tubing. It made me look twice when I bought this bike!

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Originally Posted by IronFan View Post
you can see a "-" (dash) before it wraps around to the left

just after th "UL" in yellow
So you can... Hi-Tension it is. Gaspipe.

Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
I think this is the one. My favorite, came off a 1976 Superia. "Bonderized" tubing. It made me look twice when I bought this bike!
That's the one. I had a friend pick up a bike with the same sticker. I can't remember the make but it was French IIRC. (EDIT: it was Superia... just like this one)
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'70s hitens, it's quaint
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Treebound, I'm with you. I dig it too.... The earth integrated into a highwheeler being led by a Centurion!

Shin,
Thanks for the image assist

Jacksbike,
I don't doubt that some slipped thru the cracks at all...

cb400bill, Bam, Ironfan,
You got it: "Hi Tension"

Wrk101,
"Bonderized" is a word!!??

Old and new,
I agree....
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Old 12-13-09, 11:03 AM
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Is it just my eyes playing tricks or are there stampings on the left side of the seat lug?

Based on what I've seen, the early Lemans used Raleighesque liveries though 1975. The cross head badge puts the modern limit at 1978. So my best guess is circa 1976-1978. The world's championship stripes have appeared on other model of this era, so it should be in the ballpark. I'd be interested in knowing if this agrees wit thte component date codes.
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The advertisements go away when you become a member, but I don't know how you do that anymore.
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Hey I have exactly the same Lemans in black and 23" size. On mine, there's a serial # on the left side of the seat tube, down near the BB. The date codes on the various components point to 1977. So probably a 1978 bike?

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