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Centurion Le Mans RS...(6 posts)

Centurion Le Mans RS...Mountain Cycle Shawn
Apr 13, 2003 12:24 PM
A friend gave me a green and white Centurion Le Mans RS. At first it didn't look so good. But after taking it apart and cleaning it, I found it's in mint condition. I am not sure what year it is. It has index shifting and biopace chain rings. I have no need for a pure road bike so I took off the drops and installed a straight carbon bar, Oury grips, Sram brake levers and a 135mm stem. All used stuff I had laying around. I am going to install a couple green Michelin Mud or Sprint cyclocross tires, if they fit, because I need to ride it on smooth fire roads and on the street. Everything else I will leave original. Could someone please tell me what they know about this bike? What year it might be? Was it a good bike in its day?
re: Centurion Le Mans RS...rogue_CT1
Apr 13, 2003 2:37 PM
I had one. I bought it new in 1986 for around $400 I think. It wasn't a great bike but it got me through until I could afford and was ready for a full blown high end race bike. It was the second tier bike by Centurion, the best bike they made was the Ironman. That bike was considerably more expensive with better components and wheels.

Sorry I really can't tell you more about the bike. It is basically an entry level frame with low end components. Mine is red and white and still sitting in my basement. I found one for sale on e-bay for around $50 if that tells you anything. It should be fine for what you are using it for. It always seemed like a solid frame from what I remember of it.
I know about what Rogue knows...saw one last week for $50cory
Apr 13, 2003 4:39 PM
Don't let that low price turn you off to the bike, though--it was a decent, useful bike, all most people ever need, but there's not much market for those old-school roadies because people don't understand the downtube shifters and think six-speed is vastly inferior to nine. For most riding it's more than adequate. If the one I saw had fit me, I probably would have bought it and set it up with toe clips and stuff, so I could just hop on and ride it to the store....
My sentimental favoriteSteve D
Apr 13, 2003 6:49 PM
I ride a green and white Centurion just like the one you describe and its my favorite bike because it reminds me of my first riding partner (and brother-in-law) who was killed in the Pan Am 103 bombing of Lockerbie Scotland.

The bike was his.

In the late 80's we rode together all the time. He was a student at URI and I was dating his sister. We spent hours riding together and he became one of my best friends. I was with him when he bought the bike in 1987(?) and I spent many a mile tucked in behind it as Robbie pulled me along the many beautiful roads in Southern RI. We had some great times.

In 1989 Robbie went to England for a year abroad and brought his bike. He rode all over the place his first semester. On his way home for Christmas, his plane was bombed by terrorists.

After his death, I found that I coudn't ride because it only reminded me of how much I missed him. It was so painful that several years went by without me touching my bike. In the meantime, Robbie's bike was shipped home from England and sat in his parent's basement.

Well, time does heal. I'm riding again, and now whenever I ride up on a celeste colored Bianchi (I've never seen another green Centurion), I just smile and think of Robbie.

A few years ago I pulled the Centurion out of the cellar and converted it to a fixed gear. I've only put a 1000 or so miles on it, but they've been some of the best miles. So while the Centurion isn't my "best" bike, it is cleary my favorite.
My sentimental favoriterogue_CT1
Apr 13, 2003 7:18 PM
Steve - FWIW sorry about your loss... Thanks for sharing it with us. I can see why it would be your favorite bike.
Thanks Steve...Mountain Cycle Shawn
Apr 13, 2003 8:43 PM
for sharing your story! It brought a tear to my eye and my girlfriends eye. I am glad your riding again and I am glad you have his bike to ride. My bike is the same model you have, and for some reason it is really special to me. When I get it finished I will post a picture for you.
Talk to you soon,