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Old 07-30-16, 10:36 AM
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Congrats on the finish texaspandj .
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105 wins on shifting, GPX wins on braking. Nod to 105 unless you have to brake a lot....

Great setups. Nothing but "let's do this...."

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Kicks my ass....way to bring it.
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Although I didn't place in the triathlon, thanks to my 88 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman I did manage to average 22.6 mph on the 12 mile bike course. I was 2 minutes short of placing, pretty good considering zero swim training. I'm hoping to average 23 mph before the years up. Ok later Irongents.
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Originally Posted by fleslider
was about 10 miles from home and this happened to the Rear wheel, It was the Original 36 hole Wolber Alpine. :-(
I recently had similar damage to a CTL-370 Araya that I'm pretty sure was the original rear wheel on my Ironman.
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Since some of the old rims are starting to fail I will give a plug for Sun ME14A as replacements. Good all around rim. A little blingy, a little aero. Machined brake surfaces. Looks good on an old bike.
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Agreed. Back in "the day," the Sun M14A was a heck of a rim, across the spectrum, for value, durability, strength vs. weight. Why they quite making it, I can only guess, but I tend to think it was to add the braking surface.

Originally Posted by seypat
Since some of the old rims are starting to fail I will give a plug for Sun ME14A as replacements. Good all around rim. A little blingy, a little aero. Machined brake surfaces. Looks good on an old bike.
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Old 07-30-16, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by johnlink
I recently had similar damage to a CTL-370 Araya that I'm pretty sure was the original rear wheel on my Ironman.
CTL-370's were OEM on the '88 and '89's. The 370 was to designate the rim weight. The problem is, they put 700x18/19 Technova tires on them, which were hard as plywood. A lot of wheels went out of true early on, using the OEM tires, and people blamed the rim. Unique story, in that if Centurion had spec'd a better tire, the bad mojo blamed on the rims may never have seen the light of day.

SOP back then was to change the tires, then tension and true with Loctite, and an amazing set of wheels was "reborn." 95% of the owners didn't know that (not a lot of internet back then). Perhaps another reason you can pick up an Ironman in some places for such a reasonable price, do the SOP on the wheels, and be very pleasantly surprised at the lively, precise, and agile ride.

One wonders, if for $3-$4 a tire, Centurion may have had enough momentum from the '88-'89 sales to actually get into the 90's with the marque. The Diamondbacks that followed sure didn't run those Technova's.

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Old 08-01-16, 08:24 PM
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Not mine , just puttin' it out there if anybody has to have one . https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...705486518.html
Actually i'm loosing sleep over this .Cannondale Racing 500 bike Ha ha Ms. Westi would not approve . But I can still surf for the diamonds .

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Originally Posted by markwesti
Not mine , just puttin' it out there if anybody has to have one . 58. CM. CENTURION. PRESTIGE. ROAD. BIKE. 18. SPEED.
Actually i'm loosing sleep over this .Cannondale Racing 500 bike Ha ha Ms. Westi would not approve . But I can still surf for the diamonds .

That Cannondale photographs nice ! triple chainring too ! The saddle and bar position has all the markings of a Craigslist score too !
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Originally Posted by markwesti
Congrats on the finish texaspandj .
YES !

Almost makes me want to put some bullhorns and a set of early Profile clip ons I have on my IM -- A Uni fabric rear wheel cover would complete the package - I used to see so many of these machines decked out just that way when I started cycling in the early 90's


Why not? - this way I might get some more use out of Mr IM Since I am never in contention for a TT victory, it would be cool to bring some old school flava' to my next club TT ! (I can hang in a crit just fine in my USAC category and age group, - but a TT is what shows a guy just how out of shape he is in, and trust me, --riding a 28 y/o IM will NOT make a difference over a new Speshy Shiv
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Originally Posted by johnlink
I recently had similar damage to a CTL-370 Araya that I'm pretty sure was the original rear wheel on my Ironman.
So i take your IM is a 1988 or 1989 ?
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Old 08-02-16, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by fleslider
So i take your IM is a 1988 or 1989 ?
It was a 1989. Here's a link to a slideshow I made from a recent photoshoot:
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Nice IM a quiet upgrade to 7400 series Dura Ace
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Man I've been enjoying summer on my Ironman(s). Every time I pick one to ride I think I could live with just this one. But I can't see myself without all of them. Lately my favorite has been my 88 road bike with 9 speed ultegra. Although a 52 cm, with the saddle pulled back, the 175 cranks, the seat post maxed, it fits pretty dang good. So fast, nimble, light and those components are awesome too.
I started at about 196 lbs and now down to 175. For my 5'7" body, I'm still too heavy. But I did it mostly by training. I haven't changed my diet but I do eat a little less. My goal is to get to the 160s before years end. Then I can a have better slate to start 2017 on, and break the 25 mph average speed mark in the biking portion of a triathlon. Could be a pipe dream but sometimes my life feels like a dream.
I feel so fortunate to live in my small Cen-tex town. We basically have three interesting things, our lake, our river, and our park. They're kinda all connected in some form. Btw the first triathlon ever held in Texas was in our town. Dr. Pepper was invented here. Our tallest building only 22 stories is one of the first "sky scrapers" in Texas. It missed being the first by a year, it was beat by a 14 story building in Dallas. When first built Our suspension bridge was the longest single span Bridge west of the Mississippi and the only bridge to cross the Brazos river. I guess I'm hometown proud. But the best thing about living here is the ease in which to get on the road and RIDE. Sometimes/most times I feel so fortunate and wish all Ironman Owner's could ride the routes I ride.
On Sundays we do our family rides. I use my MV Ironman to pull my toddler daughter in the baby trailer, my wife rides her 50cm classic Ironman, and lately our nephew has been riding my wife's schwinn hybrid. That boy is the devil I tell ya, don't let his young (12 years old) brad pitt looks fool you. He rides too fast on the river walk, rides with no hands, always competing, always wants to wrestle me, crashed into me , yeah gotta love em.
Ok enough oversharing, keep the rubber side down Irongents. I think I'll ride my uhhhhhh 89 Ironman as fast as I can on my 26 mile route today, but slow enough to still enjoy the view and life. Later.
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Hi All,

Here is my Miami Vice that was inspired by this thread here. This has been favorite lately over my 84 Schwinn Pelton in scarlet red.
Just sharing some photos.

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https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...WNUaTdRazlNd1E
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Originally Posted by jastiz
Hi All,

Here is my Miami Vice that was inspired by this thread here. This has been favorite lately over my 84 Schwinn Pelton in scarlet red.
Just sharing some photos.

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https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...WNUaTdRazlNd1E
Very very Nice. Give us some specs. That paint looks excellent. Congratulations and enjoy.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Very very Nice. Give us some specs. That paint looks excellent. Congratulations and enjoy.
Shimano 5800 group(black/silver mix). Shimano RS21 wheels. Deda RHM bar/100mm 8degree stem/quiil converter. Nashbar FR1 saddle. Thompson post. Most components from ribble. Frame I bought here.

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Originally Posted by jastiz
Hi All,

Here is my Miami Vice that was inspired by this thread here. This has been favorite lately over my 84 Schwinn Pelton in scarlet red.
Just sharing some photos.

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https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...WNUaTdRazlNd1E
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Nice clip in thongs. Why Yellow?
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Originally Posted by curbtender
Nice clip in thongs. Why Yellow? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs8y3kneqrs
The Ironman logo, not visible due to glare, is bright yellow. And the wrap was $2 at REI's yard sale. The total bike cost here is $260. The jersey was $45 and the lighted sign was $15. I got ripped off on the sign, had to buy a $5.99 bulb.
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Looking good R.T.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Looking good R.T.
Thanks. Just spent 6 very hot hours tearing the bike completely down, rebuilding it. It fell over and ripped the yellow wrap, so I figured I'd get it right. Rebuilt with 9-sp Dura Ace STI, including crankset/BB and Rolf Vector Pro wheelset, white leather wrap, and the yellow accents are now the cables, the bag, and on the wheels. Looks pretty good, and I'll get some good rides on it, with a 12-23 cassette to give me some front shifting practice.

I'll take it to the Dairyland Dare next year, as we'll have a Retro Roadie class. With that gearing, I won't ride it. Decision on the Carbon-R is pending: stay with 10-sp DT shifters and composite Modolo brake levers, or slide over to 5700 STI's.... doesn't matter that much, it's still my "go to" bike.

With a full 5700 group in the box, and a full Campy group in the box (8-sp), I guess I'll be looking for a frame or something.... being very patient. The death of my Radac was an omen-it goes on the trainer for much-needed days indoors.

If it had been cold, I'd have worn my '89 Centurion jacket. Snazzy. This winter should find me some time to work on a Centurion jersey design.
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Originally Posted by curbtender
Nice clip in thongs. Why Yellow? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs8y3kneqrs
Rebuilt today with 9sp DA and went white leather on the wrap.....pics to follow.
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Any preferences between dark and white/yellow components?
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