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Old 03-13-24, 02:00 AM
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New guy looking for info on vintage bike...

Hello! I'm thinking of restoring a 1987 Dave Scott Centurion Ironman and start riding as a hobby.

If anyone can direct me to a newbie forum that would be great!

I need to learn if the bike is my size, how to go about restoring the bike, and how to actually operate the bike haha

I would post pictures but I need 10 posts....

Thanks!
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Welcome to BF. The best place to seek advice for your bike is the C&V sb-forum. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/ There is also an Ironman thread here somewhere.
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Thanks Chuck M! Is there a sub-forum for new riders? Something like an FAQ that I can reference to pick up the basics of riding?
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You may want to post some questions in general discussion, but I don't know that there is a FAQ. https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/ And you can still upload your picture, they just won't post. But someone will usually help out and post your pictures for you if you upload them. But in two days you can easily have your ten posts and be able to post them yourself.
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Originally Posted by Endless_Search
I would post pictures but I need 10 posts.
Pic Assist - https://www.bikeforums.net/g/picture/33012594

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That is quite a small bike. How tall are you?
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
That is quite a small bike. How tall are you?
Hey thanks! I'm 5'8 with just under 30" inseam for length in pant sizes. Do you think its too small for my frame?
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
That is quite a small bike. How tall are you?
From what little research I came across, I've discovered it might be a 52cm frame

"The sizing is much more easily determined, with the Ironman, by locating the pump peg behind the head tube.
52cm-no pump peg
54cm-pump peg roughly centered behind the head tube
56cm-pump peg roughly 2/3 to 5/8 of the way up the head tube from the down tube
58cm-pump peg a good 3/4 to 7/8 of the way up the head tube from the down tube
60cm-pump peg a good 9/10 of the way up the head tube from the down tube"

From this thread: bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-sales/1049978-1985-centurion-dave-scott-ironman-57-cm.html
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Hey thanks! I'm 5'8 with just under 30" inseam for length in pant sizes. Do you think its too small for my frame?
You'd likely be more comfortable on a 54 cm frame.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
You'd likely be more comfortable on a 54 cm frame.
Ah that sucks, I've seen these for sale on Ebay for $250 for the frame and $800 for a fully functional bike. Thanks!
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Just know that because you see a bike listed on eBay for a certain price, that is what the seller is asking, not what it is worth. I see Takaras listed on eBay frequently for upwards of $600 with $150 shipping. I own three very nice Takaras and all together they are not worth $600 plus shipping.
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Originally Posted by Chuck M
Just know that because you see a bike listed on eBay for a certain price, that is what the seller is asking, not what it is worth. I see Takaras listed on eBay frequently for upwards of $600 with $150 shipping. I own three very nice Takaras and all together they are not worth $600 plus shipping.
No argument here! I'm definitely not spending $600+ on this same bike. I may just get it up and running and ride it for a few rides to see if it's worth keeping. If I like the bike, maybe I can sell this one, and pick up another like it in my size. I like the vintage color scheme on this one for some reason. Thanks!
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Gotta love those colorful '80s liveries🤩
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If the bike is local, contact the owner and ask them to measure the frame size. On bikes of this vintage it is simply the distance between the center of the bottom bracket and the top of the seattube where you insert the seatpost. I'd agree that with the measurements you gave a 54 cm frame would probably do it. Taking a look at the way this bike has the handlebars set, I would think the current owner is too tall for the frame. Turning them upwards would make it easier to grip if you were too tall. Not something I would want to ride that way.
Given the hassle of shipping a bike and not being able to look at it closely I would hesitate to buy a bike from eBay. Where I live, Craigslist seems to be the home of people who list bikes at ridiculous prices but Facebook Marketplace now has a lot more choices and often at more reasonable prices.
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