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1981 Centurion Semi-Pro

Old 06-28-20, 01:05 PM
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1981 Centurion Semi-Pro

Another Craigslist find this morning. A 1981 Semi-Pro; generally very good condition and mostly original. Stem, bars, brakes and pedals seem to be the only replacement pieces.
Although itís my size, I may try to source missing original parts, rebuild bearings, and send this off to my nephew. Love that Cobalt Blue color with the chrome accents!



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Old 06-28-20, 01:19 PM
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Whoa! Great find!

I love Centurions from the late 70s and very early 80s!
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yet another very nice find on your part!

thanks very much for posting it.

recall that some of these were reported to be Miyata products; shall look forward to reading what the experts have to state...

those aero arrestor operators certainly do look out of place on there


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Old 06-28-20, 02:45 PM
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Thatís the first one I have seen in that color. I really like those bikes , if one ever shows up in Orange in my size I might have to make a spot for it!
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Old 06-28-20, 03:22 PM
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Wow, thatís quite a looker. You must be going for the uncle of the year award.
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Beauty!!!!
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Wow! What a handsome bike, love the paint color.
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I doubt that the lovely Brooks Pro was OEM.
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You are right about that! I popped that one on as soon as I got it home
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Whew! So nice.
...may I call you Uncle.
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Originally Posted by orcas island View Post
You are right about that! I popped that one on as soon as I got it home
I was going to say it wasn't in the ad. My buddy, another one with too many bikes, was asking me to tie him to the mast. Nice bike.
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one of the prettiest bikes in existence: all chrome frame with that dark blue paint almost translucent makes it sparkle and shine through- and the pin-striping..
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one of the prettiest bikes in existence: all chrome frame with that dark blue paint almost translucent makes it sparkle and shine through- and the pin-striping..
You had one at the Color Wheel swap?
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I wish my Pro-tour was that color. Beautiful bike and I am envious of your nephew.
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You had one at the Color Wheel swap?
yep! I ended up selling it to the Color Wheel guy. it was just too pretty to be my commuter bike, which is pretty much what I do. mine was all unoriginal as I got it as a frameset
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It looks like it has been ridden a bit, but not abused. The back story on this is that it belonged to the sellers father-in-law who bought it in Southern California while he was in Los Angeles helping to prepare for the summer Olympics being held there in 1984. I always enjoy finding out about the history connected to a bike.
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Extremely pretty! That crank is just nuts.
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