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Old 09-28-20, 10:40 AM
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Posted on the "looking for one of these" thread. Small teal IM.

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/bi...203287595.html
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Originally Posted by seypat
Posted on the "looking for one of these" thread. Small teal IM.

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/bi...203287595.html
Damn. Exactly what I'm looking for.
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Originally Posted by seypat
Posted on the "looking for one of these" thread. Small teal IM.

https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/bi...203287595.html
That isn't a Ironman.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
That isn't a Ironman.
My bad. Didn't look too hard the first time.
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Originally Posted by seypat
My bad. Didn't look too hard the first time.
That's my fault. I called it an Expert in the "are you looking for this?" thread based on the teal color, but on closer look I see it's a LeMans RS?
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Originally Posted by AeroGut
That's my fault. I called it an Expert in the "are you looking for this?" thread based on the teal color, but on closer look I see it's a LeMans RS?
Accordo.
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seypat you owe me five minutes of my life back.
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seypat you owe me five minutes of my life back.
I'll try to make it up to you. I 'll keep searching in the Mid Atlantic for your potential bike. What is the exact(small) size and any particular year/color preference?
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how about a 89 Prestige RT? i think its a 56
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Did you mean this Prestige? It looks like a 52cm.
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I made 10 posts!! Here is my 1988 Expert.
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I made 10 posts!! Here is my 1988 Expert.
Beauty
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I made 10 posts!! Here is my 1988 Expert.
Very Nice 👍.
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I made 10 posts!! Here is my 1988 Expert.
Look at the condition of the hoods. That's a clean, minty bike! Probably smells fresh as well.
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I drove up to Oklahoma City to buy this Miami Vice and another Expert. The ad said 54 CM which is my height. In all of my excitement, I didnít measure the bike and it turns out itís a 58 CM. 🤬 The funny thing is I didnít notice it until I built it and started washing it. I was scrubbing it and I thought, huh this is big for 54 CM. 🤦🏻‍♂️
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Originally Posted by thejohnreyes

I drove up to Oklahoma City to buy this Miami Vice and another Expert. The ad said 54 CM which is my height. In all of my excitement, I didnít measure the bike and it turns out itís a 58 CM. 🤬 The funny thing is I didnít notice it until I built it and started washing it. I was scrubbing it and I thought, huh this is big for 54 CM. 🤦🏻‍♂️
That appears to have the same proportions as my '89 Expert (smoke white/blue), which measures 57cm center-to-center along the seat and top tubes. I'm 5'11", 33" inseam, and it suits me. Most comfortable of my three road bikes.

The nominal specs for Ironmen puzzles me because I can't find any standard tube measurement method that equals 56 or 58 cm.

Anyway, my rough gauge is three fingers between the frame pump peg and downtube.
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I'll try to make it up to you. I 'll keep searching in the Mid Atlantic for your potential bike. What is the exact(small) size and any particular year/color preference?
I have too many bikes, having picked up a modern Colnago, a Coppi, and an Exxon Graftek. So, you're going to have to make it up some other way.....

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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Did you mean this Prestige? It looks like a 52cm.

You know, I never measured that prestige i was just going off what the previous owner claimed it was. either way it was to small for me I will have to measure it.
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Originally Posted by canklecat
The nominal specs for Ironmen puzzles me because I can't find any standard tube measurement method that equals 56 or 58 cm.
According to this pic from the 1985 Centurion catalog they measured from the center of the bottom bracket, to the lowest point at the top of the seat tube. Not sure if that may have changed later on though.

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Originally Posted by AustinFitz
According to this pic from the 1985 Centurion catalog they measured from the center of the bottom bracket, to the lowest point at the top of the seat tube. Not sure if that may have changed later on though.

Ahh, that helps. I'd never measured from the center of the BB to the bolt for the seat cluster clamp.

When I measure that way my Ironman is 58cm. Makes sense. Subjectively it feels a bit larger than my 56cm carbon fiber bike (and I prefer longer stems on the carbon fiber bikes), but it's hard to compare measurements of compact frames and horizontal top tube frames.
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Hereís something you donít see everyday. I picked up this 1988 Japanese Domestic Market Expert from a veteran who bought it new in Japan. It doesnít say Ironman as they didnít recognize the Ironman overseas and itís in a color combo not offered in the states. I threw on some tires and wrapped the bars in black Brooks tape to change the look up.
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Originally Posted by thejohnreyes

Hereís something you donít see everyday. I picked up this 1988 Japanese Domestic Market Expert from a veteran who bought it new in Japan. It doesnít say Ironman as they didnít recognize the Ironman overseas and itís in a color combo not offered in the states. I threw on some tires and wrapped the bars in black Brooks tape to change the look up.
Yep not something we see everyday. That's really clean.
Seypat has a '87 Japanese mkt expert.
What's the serial number?
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^^^^^ Note the brake/lever assignment.
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Yep not something we see everyday. That's really clean.
Seypat has a '87 Japanese mkt expert.
What's the serial number?
The serial number is N8A5204

N=Unknown manufacturer
8=1988
A=Weeks 1,2 of January
5204=Frame number in order.
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Here is my black 1989 Expert.
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