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What to do with this $30 garage sale special....(10 posts)

What to do with this $30 garage sale special....2melow
Aug 27, 2002 9:27 AM
Hey guys, I picked this 1988 Centurion up at a garage sale for $30 this spring. I work with the woman who owned it (yup, a tall one!) and it was involved in a crash back in 1992 or so. By looking at the wheels, i'd say it has less than 100 miles on it 'cause the anodizing isn't even worn off the rims yet! When I bought it, the front wheel was potato chipped, and the drop bars were bent. I did replace the front wheel with a spare I had lying around. So, I bought it....put some nitto mustache bars and matching bar tape on it, some 700x28 messenger tires on, and a profile stem I had around to give me a more upright position for commuting

Now, I am trying to make this into my daily commuter bike into work. I'd like ike to put some fatter tires on it - maybe some cyclocross 700x30 and maybe some SKS fenders for the sloppy snow days here in Colorado. Right now, the 700x28's rub the rear brake (which has been removed and some paint/metal shaved off w/ a dremel tool) but these tires are a little taller than most 28mm's I believe.

So, will cutting off the rear brake boss turn this frame into a wet noodle? What would you do if you has this thing? I work in the bike industry and have the Quality Bicycle Products catalog right here in front of me, so getting parts shouldn't shouldn't be a problem....

Thanks in advance!
re: What to do with this $30 garage sale special....Dave Hickey
Aug 27, 2002 9:57 AM
I'd take the rear brake boss and cut it off and move it up to where the paint changes color. In Colorado, there should be plenty of frame builders that would bo the job. If you're worried about the paint, just paint a contrasting stripe at the new boss location.
By the way, very nice looking bike! nmDave Hickey
Aug 27, 2002 9:59 AM
Man, I wanted one of those SO BAD.cory
Aug 27, 2002 1:33 PM
I've had better bikes since, but if I had to pick one I longed for and didn't get, that would be it. I had a bunch of other stuff going on in my life and never did get the money together. What is it, about a 63cm? Shoot, I'll give you $35 for it right now.
Just on principle, I wouldn't cut the brake bridge off, I don't think. It would give you room for fenders, but that would leave a long stretch of stay sticking out there with nothing to keep it from flexing. You could sell it to me instead....
Aug 27, 2002 1:58 PM
I'm not sure about the size...I think it is a 62. I think i'll just put some 25mm's on it...I should still be able to fit some fenders. I wanted some bigger tires to take some cush out of the roads and bike path joints. know what I mean.
Convert it to fixed gear & throw the brake away (nm)eddie m
Aug 27, 2002 4:43 PM
Fork looks like it is bent back a little n/mcurlybike
Aug 27, 2002 7:19 PM
re: What to do with this $30 garage sale special....bent_sprocket
Aug 28, 2002 12:41 PM
it's got horizontal (or's hard to see in the photo) dropouts, so it's just begging to be turned into a fixed-gear.

if it were me (and i'd even offer to buy it from you if i wasn't so damned short), i'd ditch the gears, put on a fixed/free flip-flop hub and gear it for about 65" or so.

definitely keep the moustache bars though.

do not cut the rear brake bridge.
I'd do nothing at all to. It's perfect!scottfree
Aug 29, 2002 9:06 AM
Frame damageCalvin
Sep 20, 2002 3:22 AM
I would look closely at the frame, if you have not already done so. The fork does look a bit out of line from the headtube angle. Check beneath the top and down tubes for any wrinkles or ripples, indicating bent steel. The image below is a bad case of this, your's may be more subtle.

Regarding your tire idea, are you then running with one brake? A builder could add a bridge fairly cheaply. If the frame is not damaged from the crash, it would still be worth it.