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Old 05-15-18, 05:10 AM
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First, get healed...

We don't need our Iron canklecat to be down....

Good info.. I agree with the clumsiness of some Conti tires. So far, the GP4000SII is my cookie, in 23,25, and 28 on bikes they'll fit. I have used beaded UltraSports and they are good for the $, sometimes 14.99 each. Not into GrandSports or Gatorskins.

I have limited experience with Schwalbe but their customer service is good, excellent even.

As my GPX is on a 12-28 freewheel, I wonder if the spring is just stretched more? I like the thunk, but a ramped Shimano freewheel improves the smoothness lots.
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@canklecat, man sorry to hear about your wreck. But is your bike ok? (Just joshing with you).
A few years ago my wife and I were riding on our mup when she went down and hurt her shoulder. I was in front and accelerated around a bend and there was a snake which I missed, but my wife went around it then over compensated on turning back and a couple wobbles and she went down pretty hard. She still ocassionally has shoulder pain. It should be noted that although she didn't go to the doctor she was 30 years old, very fit, and tough as nails. So,I hope you've seen a Doctor.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Just received a message that I was using a lot of memory, then it wiped a very long reply to you clean. I'll get back later, but very interesting stuff. Thanks
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Well page 188 and time to post your '88 if you have one. The "squiggly" graphics set the '88 apart. Also first year for tricolor components on the masters and beginning of the fade color schemes. Only year a Carbon model was offered. The Carbon Ironman has the Centurion name on the down tube and seat tube, and here's mine.
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@canklecat, man sorry to hear about your wreck. But is your bike ok? (Just joshing with you).
Heh! Yup, bike seems to be okay. I was riding my Univega. A friend who's a mechanic is checking it out.

I'm anxious to get back on the Ironman. I'd just tweaked it to my liking the day before I was clobbered by a car. The latest tweak was replacing the original long Win stem with a shorter stem @RobbieTunes sent me. I got to ride it twice and it felt much better. Better balanced both sitting and standing to climb or sprint, more efficient and much easier on my neck. Didn't seem to have any adverse effects on bike fit either -- saddle, etc., still felt right. Rode some of my fastest times on a familiar 20 mile segment and wasn't really even pushing that hard. When I stood to climb the bike felt like it was under me rather than behind me, so I was getting more efficient pedaling while standing. Eventually I'll try some compact drops with less drop. But it'll be awhile before I can ride again.

I was cautious on the first couple of rides with the shorter stem because I'd heard some comments that a shorter stem makes handling twitchy. But the balance and handling felt great to me, including fast downhills and curves. The most recent comments about twitchy handling from shorter stems may be related to the current trend toward smaller frames on road racing bikes, with longer stems and seat posts to adapt the smaller frames to taller riders. Either that theory doesn't apply to older frames that fit the rider according to the old conventional guidelines for bike fits, or I'm just not very sensitive to minor changes in handling.

I also tweaked the finger-reach on the GPX brake levers. Easy with the grub screws recessed into the top of the metal humps, and I left the rubber hoods off for the test rides. So I could tip the handlebar back a bit to suit myself for both the drops and riding the hoods, and still restore the brake levers to a position where I could easily reach them with my fingertips.

And squirting some Boeshield T-9 into the cables/housings really helped. Apparently I was fighting some dry cables and oxidation before. I should replace the cables and housings but they're still in good shape so I'll probably just clean and lube them all while I'm recovering from the shoulder injury. Although right now I'm still one-handed. I might check the local Aldi for one of those $30 bike stands I see people raving about.

But I'm betting it'll be a couple of months at least before I can ride again. Depends on whether I'll need surgery, etc., for the shoulder. I don't have medical insurance and we're still waiting for the driver's insurance company to respond, etc.

Fortunately my legs seem okay, just minor scrapes on the knees. So I can keep walking and doing squats, lunges, etc., to stay reasonably fit. And I might get a trainer to use the bike indoors.
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sounds like a request for '88's.

So I'll play. I missed the '87 roll call, just didn't get it the idea. OK, I'm slow. Bite Me.

Purple Haze, 1988 "Master". 9sp DA w/Rolfs. If it does not look like rain, this bike will climb Thunder Ridge again on Sunday. I broke 2 spokes on the rear wheel, so it's running Velocity Deep V rims on Origin8 hubs, paired spokes, but this time, 32 rear, 24 front. I'll have the Rolfs back on once I get them re-tensioned. Given the very high tension on them, I want it done by a pro.
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1988 "Expert" and I don't remember the nickname. Suntour GPX and it was a sweetie. 3TTT Forma bars, only ergos that ever fit my hands. I have no idea what possessed me to mount a $60 Blackburn Amber cage on a 23 lb bike.
Go ahead, let the looks fool you.

And the '88 Ironman Carbon. I swapped out the fork, and installed 9sp Ultegra, including wheelset. This was ridden 100% on the drops, note the odd seatpost (25.0). I tried lots of different wheels on Ironman Carbon frames, and the Carbon-R. Very light wheels simply don't work. The reassuring "footprint" of something in the 1400-1700g range is about right for me.

Yeah, '88 was a good year.



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Well page 188 and time to post your '88 if you have one. The "squiggly" graphics set the '88 apart. Also first year for tricolor components on the masters and beginning of the fade color schemes. Only year a Carbon model was offered. The Carbon Ironman has the Centurion name on the down tube and seat tube, and here's mine.

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I need a tin foil helmet , https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...585217905.html Chinese Petrol Yuan excepted as payment ? Oh man , and I just bought a Bit Coin !
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes...091248813.html

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Old 05-16-18, 08:29 AM
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Heres my 88's

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Nothing political about it, simple strategic analysis, but I deleted it. An example of long-term planning vs. none.

Thanks for keeping me in line.

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Let's all share our political thoughts and get the thread locked.
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Great minds......
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Heres my 88's

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Saw it in my email RT , got a good laugh from it . Thanks . It's a crazy state I live in . ( Not geography , of mind )
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my 1988 Master with Shimano 600. An all original bike including bar tape.
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^^^ DaaaAANG!
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Hey RT, looks like someone is selling a IM that looks just like yours or you had.. and they took the picture for the CL ad, at your house.. lol

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/b...589916088.html
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Hey RT, looks like someone is selling a IM that looks just like yours or you had.. and they took the picture for the CL ad, at your house.. lol

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/b...589916088.html
And they didn't even hang around for a beer...

"Photo is not exact bike. Actual bike is all red, otherwise looks the same." Sure. If so, I'd buy it.

That's definitely my bike. Thanks, fleslider!


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An 88 Expert



Currently undergoing paint touch-up for the summer! (but those white/red fade sections of the frame are a SOB)

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Hey RT, looks like someone is selling a IM that looks just like yours or you had.. and they took the picture for the CL ad, at your house.. lol

https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/b...589916088.html
Now that you mentioned it, it is actually a 1985 and in really good shape, and either 60 or 62cm.

And also, I'm looking for someone to facilitate it to me. I met Deal4Fuji last night at the Ride of Silence, great guy, 6'5" and he wants an Ironman. He was on a Lotus Excelle, by the way. The pics are from the owner, and he sounds like a nice guy.




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^^^ thanks Robbie, I didn't want one until I started following this thread and the sticky Ironman info thread. It was really great meeting you and @brianinc-ville last night !! You were as nice and helpful as I've heard (from 3speedslow) and read about here. I found out Brian was a former college radio DJ, so I'm trying to recruit him to WFOO on the BF dial C&V was represented pretty well with your ghost white Raleigh and Brian's '61 Atala that he commuter-ized. I'm not worthy to be in this kind of company and don't know why we didn't get a group photo, but I was able to get some fuzzy screen shots from the local news report. It was a really nice ride and it was cool to hear a smattering of applause occasionally. Here's Robbie, Brian & myself, (the blur)



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carbon ironman 58cm- may be a good deal.

no pics but might be a deal-
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik...588030276.html
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carbon ironman 58cm- may be a good deal.

no pics but might be a deal-
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik...588030276.html
Thanks jb, probably a little small for me but someone else might be interested. I've got my fingers crossed the '85 will work out. Robbie's using his clout and connections to possibly get it here if it's still on the market.
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That 85 looks like a 64 cm so basically 63 cm c to c, should still work for 6'5" lessen you have shorter legs. I'm also looking for a '85 but the Silver and way smaller 54cm.
But for sure that red '85 looks good and hope it works out with a facilitator.

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56 cm frame/fork inbound. Likely the headset, too.

The one shown by 3speedslow, a repaint. I have decals for it, white letters, silver logo, and Tange frame stickers.

I am going to need a 54cm frame. Will not need the fork and it will be painted.....so cosmetics are not an issue.

Ironman frames only. I need to keep the soul intact.
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Now that you mentioned it, it is actually a 1985 and in really good shape, and either 60 or 62cm.

And also, I'm looking for someone to facilitate it to me. I met Deal4Fuji last night at the Ride of Silence, great guy, 6'5" and he wants an Ironman. He was on a Lotus Excelle, by the way. The pics are from the owner, and he sounds like a nice guy.



Nice looking 85. RT i can facilitate for you and @Deal4Fuji just let me know what you need from me. Always happy to get a IM to a new owner. Hopefully we have a new IronGent in the making..
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
That 85 looks like a 64 cm so basically 63 cm c to c, should still work for 6'5" lessen you have shorter legs. I'm also looking for a '85 but the Silver and way smaller 54cm.
But for sure that red '85 looks good and hope it works out with a facilitator.
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Nice looking 85. RT i can facilitate for you and @Deal4Fuji just let me know what you need from me. Always happy to get a IM to a new owner. Hopefully we have a new IronGent in the making..
I hope so too - thanks guys !!
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
theres a 54cm 1985 Prestige up in the Rockies , Poster wants $500.00

https://rockies.craigslist.org/bik/d...569363933.html

looks like in this Ad he has come down to $300.00 https://rockies.craigslist.org/bik/d...571593891.html
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