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Bike frame question Centurion

Old 11-05-12, 02:21 AM
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Bike frame question Centurion

Hey guys,

I'm new to this forum, and to fixed gear bikes all together. I recently was given a frame by a friend and after a little research I found
that I have a 1982 Centurion LeMans frame. My question is, should I keep the frame in the stock color/sticker scheme? Would I be "ruining"
it if I were to paint it? Or is it nothing special?

I came to found out that this particular model was of high value back in '82.


Thank you.
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Old 11-05-12, 03:17 AM
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You should ask in Classic and Vintage Appraisals to see if it's worth anything: https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-and-Inquiries
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Originally Posted by colezombie View Post
...a 1982 Centurion LeMans frame. My question is, should I keep the frame in the stock color/sticker scheme? Would I be "ruining"
it if I were to paint it? ...
Cole,
It is not a high value frame. If there is nothing substantially wrong with the paint condition, leave it as is. That way, you can re-sell the bike if you get tired of it. Save the time and money and leave the paint alone.

BTW, it will make a nice riding FG.

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Phil,
Thanks man, I don't believe I'll want to sell it or be tired of it any time soon so I guess I'll make it my own. By the way I doubt I could re-sell it, I am quite short and it is a fairly small frame that not many could ride.
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In some areas smaller frames are in high demand and will go for higher prices. Those old Centurions are sweet; hope you enjoy it!
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If the original paint is in good condition and there's nothing that needs serious repair, leave it as is. The original paint is old and awesome. I cringe every time I see an old an old frame repainted, the original paint is part of its history.
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Originally Posted by MAGAIVER View Post
If the original paint is in good condition and there's nothing that needs serious repair, leave it as is. The original paint is old and awesome. I cringe every time I see an old an old frame repainted, the original paint is part of its history.
That was part of my delima with painting it. Though the bike is yellow, and I am not a big fan of yellow. It has a weathered character to it though, which does appeal to me.

Hard decision.
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