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Old 11-17-15, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Very nice tex , I hear ya on the black cables seat and wrap .
Just seems like too much white. Plus I think black will make it look meaner. Or as RT likes to say "all business". Oh also walmart only sells black housing. Hah. Seriously though, once I finish the full Ironman, I'll be ready to race a sprint triathlon. So the question is: What color cables, saddle, and wrap would look better when I pass a carbon fiber on the bike in a sprint triathlon? (Not a joke) Hah. Later.

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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Very nice tex , I hear ya on the black cables seat and wrap .
Been there, done that. Really makes the lettering stand out.

I've done one of those in white, one in yellow, and one in black. 3 totally different looks.
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Because you asked tex , and this is IMO , I like black . But I think it also depends on the bike and the color of the bike . I reserve the right to change my mind at anytime .
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Hey glad you got your frame. Well it turns out it was a 56. Cool. I remember you were worried about fit. I'm curious how does it compare to your 56 trek? Which top tube is longer?
I think the decals not being perfect gives character to the almost 30 year old frame.
I'm anxious to see your build. You are demonstrating great patience and self control with your attitude and plan to do it right.
Good luck.
Sidenote : If you get into trouble or have questions with your build, this is a great place to come especially with the likes of rccardr and RobbieTunes as sources.
Yeah, it's a 56 cm and the dimensions are very similar to the Trek. The reach is too long with a 110 mm reach stem and that's why I'm looking for a shorter reach stem. 60-80 mm reach should do the job. Oh, I have no doubt that I'll be asking whatever issue I face on this thread.


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Since most of the frame is pretty good, and only the R side TT decal is compromised, I think it's worth some time and tedious and trouble to rectify.
1-Wash it down good with hot soapy water, rubbing it hard. Dry it very well, blow out the frame tubes, etc.
2-Framesaver if you want, but I often just spray inside the tubes with WD40 and let it go. They'll still outlast me.
3-Liberal WD40 on a cloth, and rub hard and long on every mm of the frame. You'll be amazed at what comes off.
4-Hair dryer on the bike shop decal, until it's good and hot, then peel it off if you want to remove it.
5-Mineral spirits on a cloth, rub on some areas, but don't linger. Wipe off those areas with a clean wet cloth.
6-Another WD40 rubdown. By this time, you'll be where the frame is at it's best.

7-Go back to the decal on the R side of the TT, and rub down with mineral spirits, but not heavy, and not real wet.
--You are preparing the decal for touchup. A silver paint pen works find on the silver part of the decal. 2 coats. Let it dry 3 days.
--After the silver paint has dried 3 days, you can lightly mask along the edges of the letters with pinstripe tape.
--A black fine-point paint pen can restore the outline of the letters, just "write" up along the pinstripe tape.

8-Go to a beauty supply store and find a match for that magenta, perhaps pick up some darker and some white.
--In any case, mix it up and test it on another piece of painted metal. Feel free to do it thinly on the Ironman, and come back every couple of days.
--Don't go too thick, but if you do, a q-tip dipped in rubbing compound, about a week later, can carefully smooth it down.

9-Sure, it's tedious. Sure, it's a PITA. Sure, it is slow. But properly done, can have really good results. The key is patience, don't over-apply anything.

10-When it's done, cheap soft paste-wax it and then ride it. It will pick up more wear and tear as you do, but it will be your wear and tear.
That is solid! Thanks so much for the step wise instructions. I don't plan on removing the bike shop decal. I see it as part of the bike history. I tried to look up the bike shop but it seems like they are in business anymore.
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I also noticed something when I was assembling the forks to the frame. It came with a headset but it's missing the 'ring' or 'cover' shown in the picture below. Is there any way I can just purchase this part? Or the headset will function just fine without it?

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Old 11-17-15, 06:13 PM
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I also noticed something when I was assembling the forks to the frame. It came with a headset but it's missing the 'ring' or 'cover' shown in the picture below. Is there any way I can just purchase this part? Or the headset will function just fine without it?

It will function just fine without that 105 plastic fantastic cover that deteriorates in UV light.
Like you're supposed to only ride in the rain or darkness. I think they put that on there just to make me mad.
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Robbie,

Off topic but I remember one of your posts in the saddle thread. Last night the 13 year old son and I were headed to his Viola lessons. Head East's Never Been Any Reason comes on the radio and he is mesmerized! That opening riff pulls him in. He turns it up and we jam like Wayne and Garth to the end. When we get home he finds it on the net and plays it over and over. I thought you would get a kick out of that!
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Old 11-17-15, 07:28 PM
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I think this one is calling my name.....

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nice! for whatever reason the purple smoke is rare in these parts. remember, its better to regret something you have done, then something you have not.
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Old 11-17-15, 08:11 PM
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Words to live by Jetboy - this one is in your parts - but you can't have it
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Old 11-17-15, 09:24 PM
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go get it. I already have 2 and everyone knows that sea foam is the best color scheme! (see if I can start a war)

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Old 11-17-15, 09:51 PM
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this was in the wacky post thread- but its so classic I had to post it here:

Centurion Master iron Man Dave Scott road Bike

Centurion Master iron Man Dave Scott road Bike - $450 (Irvine Spectrum)

















Not sure why it is good bike


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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
It will function just fine without that 105 plastic fantastic cover that deteriorates in UV light.
Like you're supposed to only ride in the rain or darkness. I think they put that on there just to make me mad.
That's good to know! Climate change man. The UV intensity wasn't so strong 30 years ago!
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Old 11-17-15, 11:14 PM
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go get it. I already have 2 and everyone knows that sea foam is the best color scheme! (see if I can start a war)
You just did. Miami Vice is the best color scheme because I just bought one.
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Old 11-18-15, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Swimmingfox View Post
I think this one is calling my name.....

Prolly is Swimmingfox . What size is that Purple Haze ?
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Originally Posted by Swimmingfox View Post
I think this one is calling my name.....

Boy do I know that feeling. If it's the right size and price, it'll do you good to answer. I say get it. What's the price of regret again?
It looks like it has all original components, however the frame looks like It's gonna need some work. If you're gonna flip it ,I'd pass and wait for better/easier to pop up. Otherwise do it,do it,do it.

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Old 11-18-15, 01:25 AM
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Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
The new whip
Dang fine bike. Looks like it's all there, nothing to do but ride it. Well maybe change that rear derailleur cable housing to white. What are your plans? Looks like it's been upgraded all around. You keeping it or flipping it?
Congratulations and welcome to the forum. I'm glad you took jetboy advice and posted it here. Close up pics would be appreciated by all and also info on the bike as well ie components, plans etc. (Pic assist somebody) Later.
Sidenote : New "Cool" Whip or Hwhip. Hah.

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Robbie,

Off topic but I remember one of your posts in the saddle thread. Last night the 13 year old son and I were headed to his Viola lessons. Head East's Never Been Any Reason comes on the radio and he is mesmerized! That opening riff pulls him in. He turns it up and we jam like Wayne and Garth to the end. When we get home he finds it on the net and plays it over and over. I thought you would get a kick out of that!
Thanks for sharing that. I met my wife 28 years ago, and she's always liked that song. However, she swore up and down for years that it was Nantucket, not Head East. This is due to years of her seeing Nantucket cover it, live. While I've never seen/heard Nantucket's version, I have no doubt it's so good people think it's their song. Nantucket = classic "band kids" from high school who never lost grip on their saxophones, trumpets, etc over the years. They still play locally; many many fundraisers, and their Down East beach music roots come out, along with their humor. Really nice guys. When you order a CD, one of them sends it from his house (in Jacksonville). When they were on their way "up," they often gave their used equipment to other struggling local bands.
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Welcome to the forum. Instant way cool.

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East Charlotte Craigslist, by Eddy? I recognize the bike.
I took a short run at it. Very nice bike.
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Originally Posted by Swimmingfox View Post
Words to live by Jetboy - this one is in your parts - but you can't have it
Hell yeah, Centurion spirit. Get yours first, then help a brother/sister...

And welcome to the forum. You'll get your "I'm smarter than everyone else" certificate in the mail.

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I have an NOS 105 headset.
Already picked one up, thanks though!
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
East Charlotte Craigslist, by Eddy? I recognize the bike.
I took a short run at it. Very nice bike.
That would be the one. He had mentioned you had looked at it.

Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Dang fine bike. Looks like it's all there, nothing to do but ride it. Well maybe change that rear derailleur cable housing to white. What are your plans? Looks like it's been upgraded all around. You keeping it or flipping it?
Congratulations and welcome to the forum. I'm glad you took jetboy advice and posted it here. Close up pics would be appreciated by all and also info on the bike as well ie components, plans etc. (Pic assist somebody) Later.
Sidenote : New "Cool" Whip or Hwhip. Hah.
Thanks! Everything functions wonderfully. I've done a couple rides on it already and, with the exception of one dropped chain thanks to the front derailler limit being to far, there have been no problems. Its a quick bike.

I'll be keeping it and using it as my road bike. I'm big into mountain biking but figured I'd give this road biking thing a shot.
In regards to components it has:
Sante: Brakes, Crankset, 7 speed Freewheel
600 Tricolor: FD, RD, Front hub, Pedals
105: Headset, 7 speed indexed downtube shifters
RX100: Brake Levers
Cinelli: Bars and Stem

The bike paint is in pretty good condition. There are some spots that have been touched up but I've only noticed them when I was looking for them. The decals are all pretty much pristine which is nice.

I was thinking of getting a complete group on it. It used to be I wanted 600 Tricolor on it but the sante components look really nice on the frame. But this is something that's far down the road. I do need to get around to giving it a full wipedown/clean. That will probably happen this weekend.

Here's some photos:

Centurion Slideshow by reedfe | Photobucket


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Nice bikes guys.. man we got some beautiful bikes in this thread.. maybe its just that im partial to CIM's .. nahh that cant be it.

reedfe, Keep that Sante that is some nice stuff i would love to build a bike with Sante.


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