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I'm not worthy! But is it OK if I play with you guys? (bike pic enclosed)(13 posts)

I'm not worthy! But is it OK if I play with you guys? (bike pic enclosed)BowWow
Apr 21, 2003 10:07 PM

This is my ride. It is a 58cm Centurion of unknown age or model. It's lugged steel, made in Japan, and it's red with gold pinstriping. That's all I know about the frame.

I "inherited" the bike from a neighbor, and parted out a couple of old bikes I had accumulated over the years to "upgrade" it - especially to lose the steel wheels. My total investment: $100 Canadian (about $60 US) for seat, seatpost, cables, pedals, bar tape, and the most expensive item, the computer.

For what it's worth, my riding gear also cost me about $100 Canadian - Performance Colorblock shorts, Walmart jersey and socks, Bell Zodiac helmet, generic industrial glasses, Axo MTB shoes (I told you I'm not a roadie!), and Louis Garneau crochet back 1/2 finger gloves.

Weight: Approx 26 lbs
Frame: Centurion lugged steel
Fork: Centurion 1" threaded steel
Headset: Generic 1" threaded chromed steel
Crank: SR 160mm aluminum with aluminum chainrings
Pedals: Generic SPDs
Front Wheel: Sansin sealed bearing hub, Araya 700c rim
Front Tire: Michelin Tracer 700 x 28C
Rear Wheel: Unknown hub, Araya 27 x 1 1/4 rim
Rear Tire: IRC 27 x 1 1/4
Cluster: Unknown
FD: Shimano Altus steel
RD: Shimano Acera long cage
Shifters: Shimano friction downtube
Brakes: Diacomp center pull
Levers: Weinman
Bars: Winpista Aluminum
Stem: Cinelli 120 quill
Seatpost: Generic aluminum
Seat: Velo
Waterbottle Cage: Generic, mounted with hose clamps
Computer: Cateye Astrale with cadence

So for a total investment of about $200 I'm a roadie! or at least a wannabe roadie...

I plan on riding the Centurion this season and next, then upgrading during the winter of 2004. I'll be asking for advice then, you can count on it!

Thanks for being a great resource!

Welcome! (what provence are you in??) nmsctri
Apr 21, 2003 10:29 PM
nmind that question, i see your other post... (nm)sctri
Apr 21, 2003 10:30 PM
No, you can't play!! :-)Iamhoosier
Apr 22, 2003 4:25 AM
Posting beautiful pictures like that and the ride report below makes me envious(sp). Only pictures of dreadful days allowed from that area. (actually, post more)
I've got a late 80's Centurion Accordo that I'm hoping to ...joekm
Apr 22, 2003 4:27 AM
update to my new commuter bike. All I really need to do is modernize the drive train (ultegra triple I'm hoping), fix/replace the wheels, put on some Specialized Armadillo's and I should be good to go.

I rode that thing as my regular road bike for a long time and I liked it. I think they make a pretty fair lugged steel frame.
Sweet ride. Old bikes are cool. nmMB1
Apr 22, 2003 4:39 AM
If You Ride A Bike, You Are A Friend Of OursGregory Taylor
Apr 22, 2003 5:44 AM
By the way, cool bike. I have a good buddy (a VERY strong rider) that has an older Centurion Turbo that he loves. Very comfortable, and nicely made. When you do upgrade, keep this one -- it would make a nice fixie or single speed.
so long as it's not razor scooter, unicycle, or recumbent. ;) nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 22, 2003 5:47 AM
Damn right. We DO have standards, even if they are low (nm)Gregory Taylor
Apr 22, 2003 5:53 AM
Apr 22, 2003 5:56 AM

I see no helmet on your list!! That will cost you about 1/4 of what you spent already, but you should get one!!! :)

Bell Zodiac - cost me C$25 at LBS... (nm)BowWow
Apr 22, 2003 6:05 AM
No, Steve, you're NOT worthy, but we'll allow you to play anywayKG 361
Apr 22, 2003 6:10 AM
Being the all-knowing-all-seeing-all-inclusive cycling gods that we are! HA! If you spend any time here you'll see that we are a sorry group, but civil (for the most part.) Sweet bike. All bikes are good, even, dare I say, BMX bikes. That's a sweet ride, BTW. Welcome!
Since you don't have 'safety levers' on the brakes....bicyclerepairman
Apr 23, 2003 3:24 PM
you're OK. Great color, and the chrome fork crown is nice too. Actually, what gets me is YOUR BIKE LOOKS BRAND NEW! That decal on the fork is cool...what does it say? I had a similar crankset on my first nice (mid-70's Japanese) bike, and the outer chainring would bend....I would bend it would bend...etc. Very frustrating, and solved only with a new (better) crank. Hope yours is/stays straight.