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Old 08-26-18, 07:25 PM
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Well at first I was gonna' name it "trim that stud down it scares me" . But that's to hard to say . OK how about "I'm a stud just look at my seat" . That's no good either , OK tex is in the lead .
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Old 08-27-18, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Holy smokes! What an Ironman RT!
Now those pics are way better. Love the steathiness of it all.
How does It ride , particularly the carbon fork contrast to the stock steel?
It's criterium quick, as far as handling. I'm not saying you can fall asleep on an Ironman and be OK, but on this one, late on a long hot day, paying attention would be a good idea.

Just as smooth, mind you, but that's a carbon saddle, and some bumps are more intimate than I'm used to.

If I get a chance, I'll run it in a pace line this week.

I had the privilege of running in a 6-man line recently, 3x double file, which is how they do it here. I could tell they were nervous about a guy on a down tube shifted Ironman, in a pace line, but the (apparently) brave guy who elected to ride beside me quickly figured there was no imminent hazard. Six guys, all in their 50's, running 20. I could feel the contentment and determination as we added miles. We went single file for the last mile, puttin' it on. It was fun, and it appeared to be that way for everyone. There was just a "yeah" feeling to finishing up.

I digress. What I meant to say is I will take it out, hopefully with the same bunch, this week, and we'll see how it goes.
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PS: One of them said he had an old Schwinn I may be interested in. Said it was a Peloton or a Prologue, started with a "P."

I kept a straight face and said "sure, I'll take a look at it."

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Old 08-27-18, 06:19 AM
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Could it be the Grey Ghost? Or maybe the Grim Reaper?
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Old 08-27-18, 03:51 PM
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"Is that an Ironman?"

"Yes."

"What year is it?"

"1988"

"What model?"

"Well, Not Your Daddy's"

I'm sort of assuming there would then be an awkward silence....followed by a lack of conversation.

Maybe that isn't the best name.
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Old 08-27-18, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
PS: One of them said he had an old Schwinn I may be interested in. Said it was a Peloton or a Prologue, started with a "P."

I kept a straight face and said "sure, I'll take a look at it."

Probably a Passage.
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Old 08-28-18, 05:19 AM
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Go ahead, kill the buzz....
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Originally Posted by seypat
Could it be the Grey Ghost? Or maybe the Grim Reaper?
Grindstone?
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New-to-me owner of a red Centurion Comp TA. Markwesti sent me here. I'll post pics when it's daylight. Nice to see all the different versions of these bikes but now I want a purple one after seeing the post your purple bikes thread
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Old 08-28-18, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Happy?

Allow me to get all corny about it.....

















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Old 08-28-18, 08:05 PM
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Were any ironman frames built with internal rear brake routing?
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Were any ironman frames built with internal rear brake routing?
Not Centurions, but there were others...

Cannondale (maybe)

Kestrel (probably had it)

Murray (can't forget the 40-lb Ironman MTB). Nope. All 74 cables were externally routed.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Not Centurions, but there were others...
Thanks for the confirmation. I didn't think any were internally routed and didnt see any on the various dedication sites, but wanted to make sure.

my Novara trionfo, which has been claimed to be a rebadged ironman many times over, has internal routing.
I just got curious since i happened to see the serial# tonight and decided to look up where the frame was made(ends up its 'unknown').

I guess the straight brake bridge is another difference as i see ironman frames have an arched bridge, at least for some of the models.



the hunt for info continues.

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Both Novara and Performance offered frames very similar to the Ironman, Panasonic, Nishiki, etc. There was an article long ago in a magazine far far away that listed the probable brands all made at that factory. I'd not be surprised at all if they shared a birthplace.

I once drove 2 hours to pick up a "Titanium 56cm bike" that was advertised on CL for $300. It had Ti rails on the saddle, but was a Tange 1 frame, yellow, looked just like an Ironman, with OEM splotched paint. A very nice frame. I bought it, anyway, and traded it to junkfoodjunkie here on BF.


He said it rode really nicely, and I think our research found it to be from Performance.

Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Thanks for the confirmation. I didn't think any were internally routed and didnt see any on the various dedication sites, but wanted to make sure.

my Novara trionfo, which has been claimed to be a rebadged ironman many times over, has internal routing.
I just got curious since i happened to see the serial# tonight and decided to look up where the frame was made(ends up its 'unknown').

I guess the straight brake bridge is another difference as i see ironman frames have an arched bridge, at least for some of the models.



the hunt for info continues.

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Old 08-30-18, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by omg_my_butt
New-to-me owner of a red Centurion Comp TA. Markwesti sent me here. I'll post pics when it's daylight. Nice to see all the different versions of these bikes but now I want a purple one after seeing the post your purple bikes thread
Pretty cool and welcome.
​​​​I see where you might need a smaller frame bike. Where are you located? Maybe we can help.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Pretty cool and welcome.
​​​​I see where you might need a smaller frame bike. Where are you located? Maybe we can help.
Warms me heart.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Pretty cool and welcome.
​​​​I see where you might need a smaller frame bike. Where are you located? Maybe we can help.
I'm in the Philadelphia area.
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Old 08-31-18, 02:50 PM
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Not quite an Ironman, but I think this belongs here. 1990 Diamondback/Centurion Interval.







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Wow, a Smoke on the Water D Back Interval. Don't see one of those every day. This is the first I've seen. I've only seen one Interval in person, solid blue. That is cool.

Welcome to the IM arena.
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Old 09-01-18, 08:07 AM
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I was curious as to the Diamondback / Centurion connection, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. I noticed that the Ironman line isn't mentioned among notable models Since informed users can add information to wiki articles, who wants to step up and correct this oversight

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centur...cycle_company)

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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji
I was curious as to the Diamondback / Centurion connection, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. I noticed that the Ironman line isn't mentioned among notable models Since informed users can add information to wiki articles, who wants to step up and correct this oversight

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centur...cycle_company)
Who you callin' "informed?"

BTW, Ken, so glad Lou got her bike back. Great news.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Who you callin' "informed?"
Maybe infirmed is the better word, at least in my case thanks Robbie. I nominate [MENTION=418370]canklecat[/MENTION] to do the wikipedia editing. He's a wordsmith and an Ironman !
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Originally Posted by deal4fuji
maybe infirmed is the better word, at least in my case Thanks robbie. I nominate [mention=418370]canklecat[/mention] to do the wikipedia editing. He's a wordsmith and an ironman !
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I was running with a guy this weekend when the subject of Dave Scott came up. The guy told me a good story about running a big half marathon in Charlotte during the 80's.(could have been 84 or 85)
Dave Scott was the featured speaker. The guy said he gave a great clinic then did a great job mingling afterwards. Very personable. He said the next morning Dave came out, greeted and shook every participant's hand from the front to the back. He then took off in the race in dead last. He worked his way through the group chatting with people having a good time and still managed to finish about 20th. The guy was super impressed with Dave Scott that day.

Robbie was probably in that race as well.
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