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Old 06-08-20, 09:05 AM
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The dude gets it. Not only about the IM, but about C & V in general.
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To everyone else, in a week you'll see why I'm thanking him.
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Anyone else notice that the Ironman Information thread is no longer a stickie? Or I just can't see it.
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Yeah, I noticed that too. Wondered whether it was folded into this thread, but I'm not sure how that could be done.
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There could be a few reasons for the sticky becoming non adhesive.

The IM thread has slipped to the 2nd page as of late. Maybe the powers that be thought it was time to take the sticky down.
Maybe the OG, the originator, the instigator of said sticky felt his voice was no longer being heard over the BF waves. Maybe he opened his eyes, looked around and didn't like what he saw. Maybe he felt the winds of change a blowing and decided to take down his content. We all fight the good fight for what we deem just and honorable causes. If the fight seems lost, what then?

Who knows why the sticky is gone. Let's try to keep the IM thread on the front page and see if it comes back.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
There could be a few reasons for the sticky becoming non adhesive.

The IM thread has slipped to the 2nd page as of late. Maybe the powers that be thought it was time to take the sticky down.
Maybe the OG, the originator, the instigator of said sticky felt his voice was no longer being heard over the BF waves. Maybe he opened his eyes, looked around and didn't like what he saw. Maybe he felt the winds of change a blowing and decided to take down his content. We all fight the good fight for what we deem just and honorable causes. If the fight seems lost, what then?

Who knows why the sticky is gone. Let's try to keep the IM thread on the front page and see if it comes back.
If the fight seems lost, some of us throw our hands in the air and walk away. Still fewer of us leave the country. But I digress.
I came in here to say my '88 Expert will go on the block in the Fall/Winter. Here in Mexico. I'm selling off half the fleet, and it didn't make the cut. A '80 Trek 414 beat it out. In part due to paint. The 414 paint is exquisite, and a solid color. The Expert is two-tone, and red(I never liked a red bike). And the old Treks just fit me like no other bike I've ever experienced.
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All cleaned, refurbished & advertised for sale today. I think it's a 1987 but, not completely sure. It's a Centurion Master with Shimano 600 groupset.




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I have been Ironman-less since my '88 and '89 Experts went South to fine new homes in October. I DID have this nasty '87 MV out in the barn at the far end of the project queue:
















I decided to do something about it:



Two weeks and $50 later







For the price I don't mind doing a little clean-up work.




Final assembly in the secret underground workshop.




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The yellow one and the black one are both sweet!
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Really nice 87 Master. I've missed out on a couple not nearly as nice. I sold my VVGC Red Classic last week and I am without an IM. My son and wife each have one and I am keeping my 84 Turbo. I am trying to convince myself that I am not a collector. And then...I check the local classifieds and see that I just missed an OK red 86 for 80 bucks
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Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
All cleaned, refurbished & advertised for sale today. I think it's a 1987 but, not completely sure. It's a Centurion Master with Shimano 600 groupset.
I had the same bike as my first Ironman, and yes I believe it was a 1987 model. If I was like a foot shorter (I'm 6'4", so maybe 8 inches shorter ) I'd buy that fine example from you, good luck with your sale, looks like it is in fantastic condition.
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Old 06-11-20, 03:18 PM
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All cleaned, refurbished & advertised for sale today. I think it's a 1987 but, not completely sure. It's a Centurion Master with Shimano 600 groupset.




Definitely an '87, and a sweet one at that.
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Old 06-11-20, 03:21 PM
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^^^^^ Yup, an '87. The "7E" in the serial number indicates an early March 1987 build. And agreed, it's an exemplary copy, right down to the bronze-y finish chainrings. Someone's going to be a very happy new member of the Ironman Army.

Re top506 's reboot, if the original paint scheme is Miami Vice, the new one must be Boston Legal.....
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I got it listed on Craigslist, Facebook, & the North FL Bike club for $475. It's the highest priced bike I've ever tried to sell. Wish me luck..........................Be good. Have fun.
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^^^^^ Yup, an '87. The "7E" in the serial number indicates an early March 1987 build.
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​​​​7 is indeed for '87 however I believe the E indicates April.
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Far as I know, E means the fifth fortnight.
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Far as I know, E means the fifth fortnight.
Right, I see, if you're using fortnight. However, I'm using Hummers each letter is a month.
A= January
B = February
D = March
E = April
G = May
H = June
K = July
L = August
M = September
N = October
P = November
S = December
It's a slight variation on tmars outstanding work on centurion serial number codes.
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All cleaned, refurbished & advertised for sale today. I think it's a 1987 but, not completely sure. It's a Centurion Master with Shimano 600 groupset.



Here's a question. I've thought about putting some kind of housing/tubing inside the under BB cable guides to prevent the cable from wearing down the paint/cable guide. Has anyone tried this before?
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Here's a question. I've thought about putting some kind of housing/tubing inside the under BB cable guides to prevent the cable from wearing down the paint/cable guide. Has anyone tried this before?
Yep, yep. I do it to all my bikes. I use the inner cable housing tubes. Works but some times you have to use glue to keep them in Place.
First thing I thought of when I saw the pristine BB shell cable guide pic.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Yep, yep. I do it to all my bikes. I use the inner cable housing tubes. Works but some times you have to use glue to keep them in Place.
First thing I thought of when I saw the pristine BB shell cable guide pic.
Good to know.
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Here is something different.
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Originally Posted by top506 View Post
I have been Ironman-less since my '88 and '89 Experts went South to fine new homes in October. I DID have this nasty '87 MV out in the barn at the far end of the project queue:
















I decided to do something about it:



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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Yep, yep. I do it to all my bikes. I use the inner cable housing tubes. Works but some times you have to use glue to keep them in Place.
First thing I thought of when I saw the pristine BB shell cable guide pic.
Reminds me, I've been intending to do that next time I replace the cables. I do use those cable liners on my Univega, which has a convoluted brazed on metal guides to direct the brake cables around the seat cluster toward the rear cantilever brake. But I want to put 'em in the guides for the Ironman and Trekenstein too. Trek's original stamped sheet metal cable guides don't reliably hold the cables and I've frayed cables a couple of times before noticing when shifting became balky.

I remember trying to find those cable liners a couplafew years ago online and had no idea what they were called. So I went to the LBS, and within 10 seconds of trying to describe them the shop manager fished one out of a drawer and gave it to me. They've done a lot of stuff like that -- just giving away doodads, or charging little or nothing for quick minor adjustments or repairs.

Which is one of many reasons I try to buy replaceable stuff like tubes, lubes, etc., from that LBS whenever possible. I visited a couple of times during the pandemic shutdown (semi-shutdown for some "essential" businesses, which limited customers to only 2 or 3 at a time, and I always wore a mask) just to buy a few doodads that I didn't really need.
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You can always pull them out of old V-brake noodles.

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Reminds me, I've been intending to do that next time I replace the cables. I do use those cable liners on my Univega, which has a convoluted brazed on metal guides to direct the brake cables around the seat cluster toward the rear cantilever brake. But I want to put 'em in the guides for the Ironman and Trekenstein too. Trek's original stamped sheet metal cable guides don't reliably hold the cables and I've frayed cables a couple of times before noticing when shifting became balky.

I remember trying to find those cable liners a couplafew years ago online and had no idea what they were called. So I went to the LBS, and within 10 seconds of trying to describe them the shop manager fished one out of a drawer and gave it to me. They've done a lot of stuff like that -- just giving away doodads, or charging little or nothing for quick minor adjustments or repairs.

Which is one of many reasons I try to buy replaceable stuff like tubes, lubes, etc., from that LBS whenever possible. I visited a couple of times during the pandemic shutdown (semi-shutdown for some "essential" businesses, which limited customers to only 2 or 3 at a time, and I always wore a mask) just to buy a few doodads that I didn't really need.
Yeah , like top I just pull them out of unused gear cable housing (it ain't easy, you actually cut it out BTW). But , IRONically, I had already cut two correct size pieces for you C-Cat to go with the groupset I still have for you. That's when I thought you were gonna install that groupset on your Ironman.

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