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Old 06-03-18, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
This bike has me wondering , looks to be a Comp TA but it has fender mounts . ??
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...604099928.html
The Early COMP TA that i have (Frame/Fork) has the fender mounts but the other one (complete). does not have them. Must have been a change somewhere in 1984




Early.. so early it has 1983 headbadge and down tube graphics
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That's what I was kinda thinking , really early , Love that fork crown and the sliver lug striping on the eyelet frame . Thanks fleslider .
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That's what I was kinda thinking , really early , Love that fork crown and the sliver lug striping on the eyelet frame . Thanks fleslider .
Those frames really are pretty. In person, so elegant and subtle.
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Been a while since I posted a pic of this beauty, but rode it all last week (including 45 miles in the rain), so giving it some deserved exposure:

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Old 06-05-18, 05:25 PM
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Been a while since I posted a pic of this beauty, but rode it all last week (including 45 miles in the rain), so giving it some deserved exposure:

Beautiful! Love that color combo. In that picture it has a blueish appearance.
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Here is my 83 SR Semi Pro. I just put it up so we can talk about similarities/differences. People seem to think it is prettier without decals. I have IMs, Lotus, Miyata, Shogun, and SR bikes from 83-87. The Centurions have less in common with the other brands than the other brands amongst themselves.
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The Early COMP TA that i have (Frame/Fork) has the fender mounts but the other one (complete). does not have them. Must have been a change somewhere in 1984




Early.. so early it has 1983 headbadge and down tube graphics

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Old 06-06-18, 10:05 AM
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It appears the Comp TA and IM have different fork crowns than the rest of the lineup. Any idea why?

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Old 06-06-18, 11:35 AM
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86' fork crown , not as pretty .

DSCF2109 by mark westi, on Flickr
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Old 06-06-18, 11:40 AM
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Not sure, but those forks on the '85 Ironman are very cool looking. Docs '86 is shy I want the '85 Ironman in that color.
Speaking of '86, my 86 Ironman is what I've been using for part of last week and This week. It seems to "improve" one section of my regular 26 mile course they decided to repave. Unfortunately it's chip seal, ugh, so I brought out my '86 Ironman, but I gotta tell ya that thing makes me wanna get rid of all my others and just ride it. It's so smooth, comfy, and fast. Here's what it looks like. Almost all Dura Ace.
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My '86's were smooth as butter. Mine had the copper Araya's, and I really dug them.
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@76SLT , Keep us posted on the build, that frame looks like its in great condition, Whats the plan on the build? Stock?, Modernize?

That is still one of my favorite paint schemes for the IM, heres mine
I finished up with the build, and I'm real happy with the way it turned out. I went with Shimano 600 rd, fd, crankset, freewheel and shifters. I bought a set of Tektro R540 brakes, and I had a set of R340 brake levers. I also used a Cinelli 64 handlebars, and stem. Of course new cables and housing. Here's a few pics of it.








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A few more.






Just got the Campy qr this morning from rccardr who incidently did a wonderful job building those wheels.
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Old 06-07-18, 06:42 PM
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So freaking cool, most assuredly.

He can go. He can stop.
He looks great doing it.
What else is there?

Methinks we need an Ironman enclave. Somewhere Somehow Some way.

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Nice build there 76SLT , Tektros rock .
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Very nice build. Love the wheels, what freewheel are you running?
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Very nice build. Love the wheels, what freewheel are you running?
Thanks. Itís a Shimano 600 6 speed 13-24. I will probably get another one eventually, probably 13-28.
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Just got the Campy qr this morning from rccardr who incidently did a wonderful job building those wheels.
now thats a Rider, classic look but with some newer brakes, I like it! Im thinking about going to white bar tape now that the new tape that was on my Master is wearing out. excellent job. Its so clean.. now i got to get mine that clean..
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Very nice build. Love the wheels, what freewheel are you running?
PM me.
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I've been riding my '86 Classic Ironman due to the recently repaved with chip seal portion of my regular route. So on Saturday where I would Normally ride with a friend on my Carbon Ironman with road bars , I instead rode my '86 with aero bars. A couple of weeks before they repaved they made some rumble tracks, that were very visible. However not so much once it was repaved and shadowy. We were hammering as usual (not my idea btw) when I rode on them, jeez loweez I thought I broke my frame and chipped my teeth. They look like tractor tracks and Hurt!
Anyways finally back to riding my '89 "summertime blues" which I'll be racing this triathlon season. So although my '86 and '89 are set up pretty much the same the '89 is without question quicker handling, so it took a ride to get used to it again.
I'm 4 weeks away from my first Tri for this year of a scheduled three, I think...
​​​​​​​Can't wait to put my race wheels on.
Keep the rubber side down Irongents.
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I've been riding my '86 Classic Ironman due to the recently repaved with chip seal portion of my regular route. So on Saturday where I would Normally ride with a friend on my Carbon Ironman with road bars , I instead rode my '86 with aero bars. A couple of weeks before they repaved they made some rumble tracks, that were very visible. However not so much once it was repaved and shadowy. We were hammering as usual (not my idea btw) when I rode on them, jeez loweez I thought I broke my frame and chipped my teeth. They look like tractor tracks and Hurt!
Anyways finally back to riding my '89 "summertime blues" which I'll be racing this triathlon season. So although my '86 and '89 are set up pretty much the same the '89 is without question quicker handling, so it took a ride to get used to it again.
I'm 4 weeks away from my first Tri for this year of a scheduled three, I think...
Can't wait to put my race wheels on.
Keep the rubber side down Irongents.
By the way, I have come across a DT shifter mount for those antique tribars. Mounts at the apex of the bar and the shifters are just inside the bar. Interested?
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Turbo , IM's older bro. ?
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...611181742.html

Centurion Turbo
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Once I got my '89 "summertime blues ironman" I reevaluated my collection and made the decision to pare down to one Ironman per year available. With that in mind I decided to get the one of that year "I" thought was the most excellent. So I moved some stuff around and came up with enough funds to get the Carbon Ironman (midnight rider). To recap, that means the '86 red and white "Classic", '87 "Miami Vice" expert, the '88 Carbon Ironman "Midnight Rider", and '89 "Summertime Blues" master. It's my idea years, obviously yours may very. Point is I'm missing the '85 Ironman. Honestly, after getting rare '89 it actually gave me hope I could get the rare Carbon Ironman. However, when I got the Carbon Ironman It satisfied my appetite and cooled my desire for an '85. So much so I stopped my almost daily search in craigslist Austin, Dallas, and Houston Texas. Curiously I would also search california, specifically San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. California seems to have the most listings. Probably for good reasons, although the Ironman (as we all know) is a road bike, It was promoted as a "tri bike" and California has generally good weather for those 3 activities.
Bottom line I haven't been searching for the '85. However, I think I'll start again but not in a hurry. For one I don't have the funds and two I'm gonna be very particular. I'll be searching for a '85 54cm in the silver. At this point I probably won't use any of the original components sans headset. My plan would be to put sram wireless on it.
Ultimately I'd like to have my '86 a 6 speed(which it is), my '87 a 7 speed (which it is), my '88 an 8 speed (easily done with brifters), my '89 a 9 speed (will require a complete component change) and finally, if I ever get one, an '85 with NOT 5 speed But a wireless 10 speed.
I think I'm gonna start checking craigslist and thebay again. Later Irongents keep the rubber side down.
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Hey tex , is this the grupo you want for that 85' ? https://www.sram.com/stories/introducing-sram-red-etap
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I got to thinking about your new build tex , I'm inspired . I found this 85' Comp TA , It's priced right even with shipping . Now before you say "not my size" , my good bud Kato the weight weenie always rode a frame a few sizes to small but he would make them fit with a set back saddle post and longer stem , longer cranks and raise the seat a bit . One day I asked him "whats up with the small frame ?" He said , Mr . Westi , because it's 1,000 grams lighter . He always called me mister or sir , some Asian people are really polite .
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
You should still not have that problem.

Perhaps it's revenge for you using his toothbrush all those years.

I sorely wish it were near me. Those issues bug me.
I recently noticed that backpedalling while on my large chainring and next-to-largest cog sometimes causes the chain to jump off the cog. No good! I think that's as a result of the previous washer I added to the drive side of the axle, so I added a washer to the non-drive side and the problem seems to be solved. The wheel is extra snug between the chain stays, but it went in without a lot of fuss.

P.S. I should have put my original post on this issue in the Bicycle Mechanics forum, but it's too late now.

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