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Old 08-13-22, 07:21 AM
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^^^^^ Thanks all, that's good intel. Looks like the lettering changed in '89. I actually kinda like the "mystery" effect of having the Centurion branding, but not the model. I think I'd leave it. So as a 1988, would it be spaced 126mm or 130?

Dangit, why did it have to be my size?.......
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Here's my Ironman (midnight rider) , set up for triathlons. 126 spacing but with a little persuasion I put Dura Ace 8 speed on it.
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^^^^^ Thanks all, that's good intel. Looks like the lettering changed in '89. I actually kinda like the "mystery" effect of having the Centurion branding, but not the model. I think I'd leave it. So as a 1988, would it be spaced 126mm or 130?

Dangit, why did it have to be my size?.......
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And 126 for the 7-speed group. Now, I could send you a complete NOS takeoff 1055 group, with wheels, for very cheap. From a ‘92 Paramount. Enabling is the name of our game.

The ‘88 Ironman Carbon lettering/ scheme had the squiggles, with the DT font expanding in thickness from “C” to “N”

The ‘89 Carbon R matched the ‘89 Ironman scheme, consistent DT font, more subtle, no squiggles. And a different fork.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
^^^^^ Thanks all, that's good intel. Looks like the lettering changed in '89. I actually kinda like the "mystery" effect of having the Centurion branding, but not the model. I think I'd leave it. So as a 1988, would it be spaced 126mm or 130?

Dangit, why did it have to be my size?.......
Kevin Costner plowed under part of his cash crop, putting his family in danger of starvation and subjecting them to massive public ridicule, to build a baseball field.
He didn't hesitate.
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Kevin Costner plowed under part of his cash crop, putting his family in danger of starvation and subjecting them to massive public ridicule, to build a baseball field.
He didn't hesitate.
Then Hollywood and MLB destroyed it.
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Not mine , friendly price . texaspandj it could fit .
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Old 08-14-22, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Here's my Ironman (midnight rider) , set up for triathlons. 126 spacing but with a little persuasion I put Dura Ace 8 speed on it.
Excellent!
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Old 08-15-22, 09:11 PM
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Not mine , friendly price . texaspandj it could fit .
https://santabarbara.craigslist.org/...520861849.html
Same model, same year as mine. Rode it weeks ago in a time trial.
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Old 08-19-22, 06:26 AM
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After many months looking at this thread, I finally got around to restoring my Grandpa's Ironman which was sitting around in storage.

My Grandpa didn't care about the pink, or any style as seen from his original zebra handlebar wrap; he even used tan Rust-Oleum all over to fix minor scuffs. The bike was badly bent, a metalwork guru friend helped me straightened the frame with a jig het took a hammer to the bike in just the right spots which melted away large bulges in the metal from other damage. I had just planned on sanding away rust spots and touching things up with poorly matching Testors paint. My friend wanted things done right, so he brought out the sandblaster. We saved as much of the original and iconic paint as we could.

Way more work later than I imagined, the bike is just about done. I still need to track down some white hoods, and decide on a seat, but she rides, and is faaaaast.









In the shop, with randomly another friend's found in rough shaped Miami Vice (all in primer):


How I found her:


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Nice job Dewey. Of course you will show us your friends MV when he is done and perhaps some process pics. If I could keep all my favorite bikes, I would still have my MV.
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..... my Grandpa's Ironman ....
I think it's a milestone that the IM has been around long enough for this phrase to appear.
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I think it's a milestone that the IM has been around long enough for this phrase to appear.
Ha, I also ride his Bridgestone XO-2 as my daily driver and bikepacker.
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
Nice job Dewey. Of course you will show us your friends MV when he is done and perhaps some process pics. If I could keep all my favorite bikes, I would still have my MV.

Saving as much paint as we could.

Removing parts. Note the terrible tan touchup and major rust/dent damage.


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Great Job Dewey.
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A cold front has hit Cen-Tex, temperatures in the 90s predicted for the next two weeks.
And just in time for me to start working out again. I'll start running Tues which is my daughter's first day of 2nd grade. Man, time flies. I'll be lifting weights 2 or 3 times a week. Running 3 to 6 miles Mon-Fri. I'll ride my Ironman Sat and/or Sun. Once January comes I'll reassess. All this in preparation for the 2023 triathlon season. I'm so ready to train again. I've actually ridden the last 3 Sundays about 20 miles each ride.
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Originally Posted by Dewey Cox View Post
Nice barn-door Microbus photobomb. Looks a lot like the red/white '63 that was our family car when I was a kid. (It was what my dad could afford to haul around a wife and 6 kids, on a teacher's salary in the early '60s)
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Not mine . Georgina Terry IM , friendly price .
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Last week I took my first outdoor ride on the Ironman since late 2021. Just an hour and 17 miles, about all my aching neck can tolerate for now.

Lingering vertigo from a bout with COVID last autumn kept me off the bike outdoors, although I did some indoor trainer sessions and continued to jog and walk a lot outdoors to stay fit. I'm a little off my maximum pace for short distances on the bike, and far from being able to handle a continuous 2-3 hour ride, let alone a century. But I'm pleased that jogging and walking have kept my legs and lungs reasonably fit.

Took almost a year but I finally feel pretty much recovered from the Super Cooties. The vax kept me from being hospitalized, but it was still pretty miserable for months with flu-like symptoms. I think half my diet the past year has consisted of ibuprofen, aspirin, decongestants and expectorants, and inhalers.

I was on the verge of replacing the downtube shifters on the Ironman with brifters, but every time I ride that bike with the crisp-shifting old Suntour GPX setup, I remember how much I like it just the way it is.
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Last week I took my first outdoor ride on the Ironman since late 2021. Just an hour and 17 miles, about all my aching neck can tolerate for now.

Lingering vertigo from a bout with COVID last autumn kept me off the bike outdoors, although I did some indoor trainer sessions and continued to jog and walk a lot outdoors to stay fit. I'm a little off my maximum pace for short distances on the bike, and far from being able to handle a continuous 2-3 hour ride, let alone a century. But I'm pleased that jogging and walking have kept my legs and lungs reasonably fit.

Took almost a year but I finally feel pretty much recovered from the Super Cooties. The vax kept me from being hospitalized, but it was still pretty miserable for months with flu-like symptoms. I think half my diet the past year has consisted of ibuprofen, aspirin, decongestants and expectorants, and inhalers.

I was on the verge of replacing the downtube shifters on the Ironman with brifters, but every time I ride that bike with the crisp-shifting old Suntour GPX setup, I remember how much I like it just the way it is.
Dang It! It hits some worse than others but so glad to hear from you and glad you're on the mend.
Im not on here as much as I used to but you were conspicuous in your absence. I'm thinking now that I'll be working out and riding again I'll be on here more often.
Glad to hear from you though.
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I started my pre training to pre season today. In other words I'm trying to get in shape enough to start training in January.
I ran 3 Miles at a pedestrian pace that I could maintain the whole way. I can ride 20 miles easily enough so I figured I could run 3 Miles. I was trying to keep my heart rate down. I read that at my age it should be at 125 for aerobic Base. I think I stand up at that, actually my resting heart rate is 68. I don't use a Heart rate monitor but really considered it this time around. But I probably just do the ole usual of slow base running.
I'll be riding every weekend on one of my Ironman. Actually only my '85 O.G. is out of commission. The plastic cable stops I Dremeled to fit the odd bosses shifted. So I gotta get me a new set of cable stops.
So this weekend wil be this.
This my favorite Ironman ('86 Classic 6 speed). I need update pic as it's now sporting a dura ace cramkset.. to go with the Dura Ace bb,hs, rd,fd, and hubs. Original gripshift shifters. Brakeset is Shimano 600.

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Da small world…..

So, I’m sitting on the side of a mountain, talking to a guy who is there to go 4-wheeling and camping.
He cycles, and we talk a bit.

I mention that I like to do neo-retro, he grins, says “I moved my Centurion Lemans RS to 9-speed Ultegra.” Well, it was on, then. I whip out the iPad.

He’s kindred.



The deck rails in the lower part of the pic were temporarily occupied by bears a couple of nights ago. They were after the bird feeders, which we forgot to bring in while watching a movie.



Pike’s Peak is at the right, trying to hide behind the tree. It’s 65 miles away, straight line distance.
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^^^Beautiful views.
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Posting this pic for posterity's sake.
Last weekend at a music venue, Me with two of my grandsons. I'm 188 lbs! Meanwhile I was about the same weight as my grandson when I was a freshman like he is this Year.I'm determined to lose some Baby fat...so I can ride My Ironman FASTER.

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^^^^^ Winner of the "two coolest t-shirts of this thread" award.
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