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Old 02-17-19, 04:39 PM
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Yeah, the front basket anecdote got me. Reminds me of all the times some commuter who's default is beast mode has passed me. I'll be ticking along at a slightly more than comfortable pace on my Ironman or Univega, and this guy on a 30 lb steel touring bike with racks and panniers cruises by with a cheery "On your left", like it was nothing. Several times over the past couplafew years on the MUP. No idea who he is but I wish I had his legs and lungs.

My only consolation is he's maybe half my age. But still... it reminds me not to spend too much money on speed. Instead, spend money on a fountain of youth. Since PEDs are hard to find and afford, that narrows down "fountain of youth" to "next bike project."
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Here is a nice Purple Haze in 50cm , friendly price too . I'm digin' the saddle .

https://ventura.craigslist.org/bik/d...814020352.html


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This is kind of a hoot , read the ad .

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/...819434037.html

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Old 02-17-19, 09:04 PM
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This is kind of a hoot , read the ad .

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/...819434037.html

Heh! Makes sense. Ride a nice bike, make it look like crap nobody would want to steal.

My dad did that with a Mercedes in college in the early '60s. Although it's possible nobody would steal it anyway. He couldn't get engine parts to keep it running in original condition so he installed a Willys Jeep engine and drivetrain. Useless for long highway trips but a good stealth ATV for rough winters.

My solution for an errand bike is to use one that cost only $100 and would be easy to replace if it were stolen. It doesn't actually look bad. But it's so heavy it would discourage most thieves. With heavy duty puncture proof tires, rack, panniers and locks it weighs about 40 lbs, pretty much like a city rental bike. And the wheelbase is too long for the city bus racks. I suspect anyone who stole it would abandon it within a few days.
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Here is a nice Purple Haze in 50cm , friendly price too . I'm digin' the saddle .

https://ventura.craigslist.org/bik/d...814020352.html


Anything wrong with the rake on the fork?
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Old 02-19-19, 03:36 PM
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OK, here's the MV Ironman in current form, still w/temporary black bar tape but I feel fuscia coming. Components are mostly Sachs Huret 8s Ergo. (some courtesy of @RobbieTunes) The crankset required some, uh, we'll call them repairs.

I added some more 80's bling, with 600 triangular pedals and a pair of NOS Tricolor shoes complete with the correct SM-PD64 cleats.
I started out today practicing on the trainer. Not too bad clipping in and out once I figured it out, but I'll never ride this combo road fixed.


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Old 02-19-19, 04:04 PM
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Very Cool setup.
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Old 02-19-19, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
Anything wrong with the rake on the fork?
Yeah, that does look crashy after checking the other pics in that CL ad.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Yeah, that does look crashy after checking the other pics in that CL ad.
Bahaha, Quote of the year (so far) on this thread.

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Old 02-20-19, 09:47 AM
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OK, here's the MV Ironman in current form, still w/temporary black bar tape but I feel fuscia coming. Components are mostly Sachs Huret 8s Ergo. (some courtesy of @RobbieTunes) The crankset required some, uh, we'll call them repairs.
Had to be magic to fix that.

I added some more 80's bling, with 600 triangular pedals and a pair of NOS Tricolor shoes complete with the correct SM-PD64 cleats.
I started out today practicing on the trainer. Not too bad clipping in and out once I figured it out, but I'll never ride this combo road fixed.

Very, very cool. Show bike, for sure.
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Come on man, "Crashy" hilarious!
Sorry people's, but just every time I say it in my head I laugh out loud.
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Old 02-20-19, 10:29 AM
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Come on man, "Crashy" hilarious!
I thought it was funny, also. Canklecat can bring the zingers. Now if Deal4fuji could post the standup comedian with the drum accompaniment GIF, it would be complete.

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Old 02-20-19, 01:12 PM
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Well here it is Tony , bummer not your size . I'm very tempted .

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...823289611.html

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I thought it was funny, also. Canklecat can bring the zingers. Now if Deal4fuji could post the standup comedian with the drum accompaniment GIF, it would be complete.
You rang....


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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Well here it is Tony , bummer not your size . I'm very tempted .

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...823289611.html

Odd setup as shown (what's up with those brake levers?), but if the frame is good and most components are usable that could be a good project.
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You rang....


There you go!
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Here's one for the collective minds. Obviously, for good or bad reasons, or for no reason at all, Centurion Ironman is the king of vintage "triathlon " bikes, but how many other bikes were touted or at least branded as triathlon bikes but we're in reality just road bikes? But name the model.
Peugeot triathlon.
Nishiki triA.
Pinarello triathlon victory.
fuji and Bridgestone had them but I don't remember the model name. My guess if searching, they're all from the early '80s. Also some things I guess were triathlon specific like trying to keep it aerodynamic and most bikies will say the geometry was different to make handling easier for wanbabe cyclist or maybe because it made riding 112 miles easier. Also too the quality and price was mid range
Today there are really triathlon specific bikes but man apparently price is no object.
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Here's one for the collective minds. Obviously, for good or bad reasons, or for no reason at all, Centurion Ironman is the king of vintage "triathlon " bikes, but how many other bikes were touted or at least branded as triathlon bikes but we're in reality just road bikes? But name the model.
Peugeot triathlon.
Nishiki triA.
Pinarello triathlon victory.
Miyata 512 (and to a lesser extant 912) come to mind as well.

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1987 Schwinn Circuit-- Aero seat stays and Flat black paint because it would look ok when tri athletes neglected to clean it. (According to Schwinn)
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Here is a SPC , apparently they really hold their re sale value . Prolly because the bearings are sealed against contamination by moisture and dirt . Surely you know I jest actually they were vary nice bikes

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...809674955.html


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Old 02-21-19, 08:38 PM
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I'm ashamed to admit that I have never heard of Georgina Terry .... A read from the mighty felslider Centurion Ironman Expert (1987-1989)
I'm aware of this bike , just not Ms. Terry whom is still in business https://georgenaterry.com/

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/...823037703.html


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Mark, you didn't have a need to know since you're not 5' and under. I knew cause bitd my girlfriend was 5' 103#. However she made do with the smallest panasonic dx1000.
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I'm ashamed to admit that I have never heard of Georgina Terry .... A read from the mighty felslider Centurion Ironman Expert (1987-1989)
I'm aware of this bike , just not Ms. Terry whom is still in business https://georgenaterry.com/

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/...823037703.html

It was a Ironman Expert Womens model, there is a lot of misinformation out there that claimed she built the frame or it was a Terry edition, but truth was she came up with the design of using the 24" front wheel and everyone else copied her.
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Every Ironwomen's model and Georgina Terry I've seen looked kinda rough and rusty. Hard to tell whether they were ridden hard and put away wet, or just dumped behind the garage for years because the owners hated the Pepto-Bismol color or were embarrassed by the mini front wheels.
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I actually had one. I'm repeating myself here but I bought for 50 bucks at the flea market. It didn't really fit but 50 bucks! So I washed ride it a bit then sold it to a coworker for 60 bucks. He was buying it for his wife.
It's not pink it's salmon more "orangey" << (kinda like Crashy) pink.
The thing was all original. I didn't like the look of those smaller wheel which is different than a TT/funny bike which is made to keep your frontal area down and not for fit like the women's IM. However I guess it could pass as one provided you put some bullhorn handlebars on it.
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