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Itís hard to beat classics.

Old 05-30-19, 08:36 AM
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Itís hard to beat classics.

Ive tried to like the new modern bikes, but I keep coming back to the classics. Looking forward to getting this one loaded up.









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Old 05-30-19, 10:33 AM
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Any plans for fenders?
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Old 05-30-19, 10:38 AM
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Fenders for when I actually tour, but not for everyday riding. I don’t like fenders and I don’t like riding in the rain.
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So not actually going anywhere touring, on it .. ? but you did find a nice bike..
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So not actually going anywhere touring, on it .. ? but you did find a nice bike..
Fenders will be installed before the tour. I will not leave them on for everyday rides. I do plan on a couple tours this summer. Being a firefighter gives me plenty of time to tour and also Iím able to shack up at other fire stations.
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looks like a nice old tourer. have fun with it.
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Nice bike! I love 80s steel for daily commuters and "race" bikes. That one looks like it's in great condition.

Is that an ARX rear derailer? I didn't like the cable clamp style on those. Can't quite tell from the picture. And are those the shifters that auto-trim the front derailer when you shift the rear? Those were neat. Again, nice bike.
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Nice bike. Enjoy and be safe.
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Ive tried to like the new modern bikes, but I keep coming back to the classics. Looking forward to getting this one loaded up.









for some reason can't see the pic...
What do you consider modern? The new endurance bikes from the past two years are a game changer from what I hear
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Old 05-31-19, 09:48 AM
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I think that is the old Suntour Le Tech front derailleur. I really liked that derailleur, it is high normal. Thus, both levers go the same direction, forward for higher gearing and back for lower. I use that on one of my touring bikes and I would use it on more bikes if it would fit. But some of my bikes have too little room between the rear fender and seattube for that derailleur to fit in the space.

Don't load it up too much, the smaller diameter down tube on the older classic bikes could mean a lot of frame flex with a load.

Always make sure your front brake cable is always in good shape. Without a fender, the straddle cable on the front could catch the front tire and lock up the wheel.
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Centurion Pro Tour does not have long chainstays (1979 had 430mm CS), large squarish rear bags may not work without heel-strike, especially for large bicyclists. Extra-long JandD Expedition rack may be good choice.
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When loading older sport touring bikes, I like carrying as much weight up front as feasible. Cuts down on frame flexing. Also, your rear rack shown may not be stable under heavy load (side to side flex) and it's possible you may have heel strike with larger rear panniers. Front rack and four smaller front panniers may work for you.

Beautiful bike, nice ride. Enjoy !
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Nice find! I'm a sucker for old Japanese steel, and I have a hoard of Miyatas, Centurions, Univegas, Bridgestones, and a Panasonic here or there.
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nice older bike but as someone who toured and rode on a similar, slightly newer generation of touring bike, I certainly appreciate the advantages of "new" bikes.

less flexy frames, more gears so a wider spread and tighter jumps between shifts with no real life change in chain life (for me anyway), better brakes generally-even with cantis but especially with discs, bearing areas that are more robust and longer lasting and easier to work on headsets, bb's, stronger rim designs also.

and as someone still completely comfortable using dt shifters and still fast at multifinger right hand front and rear shifts at almost the same time, modern shifting units are simply nice to use and the safety/handling advantages of shifting while having your hands on the hoods is great.

but again, nice bike
enjoy riding it.
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