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Old 06-16-20, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
A small woman's Ironman came through my home a few years ago, back when I was flipping bikes. My kid Juj already had a bike of their own but they fell in love with this bike with the small front wheel, a replica of the Terry design. (I'm using they/them pronouns to refer to my kid, as that is their choice.) The bike was too small for my kid, but they loved it anyway. Eventually I sold the bike. Then they met Kat, their girlfriend, now their wife, who is 5'0" (152 cm) tall. And a bike just like the one I had bought and sold popped up, so I grabbed it. Kat isn't an experienced rider and wasn't all that comfortable with the racing geometry and drop handlebars. On my suggestion and her approval, I just replaced the handlebars. I have to find some shifters that will mount on the handlebars, because upright bars and down-tube shifters are not a great mix.

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Nice score Tom, that 87 looks to be in great shape! A set of Deore (XT) thumbies would be perfect for it !
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I've posted how I never watched the tv series Miami Vice bitd and after watching a utube video of Edward James Olmos talking about his initial contact with the show made me want to watch it. So recently I purchased the first season DVD, liked it, purchased second season. I thought what the hey I'll buy the next season too. But as the kids say, they caught me slipping. The first two seasons were relatively cheap 5 or 6 bucks. But I didn't do my due diligence, and the next season is two to three times that. They got me on that one. Still contemplating getting it...
Speaking of Miami Vice, I rode mine yesterday and it gave me a great ride. I think it's funny that in spite of it being my heaviest bike , with lowest level of components, cheapest tires, worst accessories on it (saddle bag, bottle and cages) it always surprises me that it never disappoints. <There's gotta be a better/clearer way to say that @canklecat.
Anyways, which leads me to another thought. How many of y'all are making it to the (RTs) HNH in august? And if going, are you riding an Ironman? And if riding an Ironman, which one? I want to know so I can bring an Ironman that isn't the the same as someone else's.
I know @jim dandy has a Summertime Blues Ironman like me but not sure he'll make it. (Remember JD you don't have to do the full hundred and your presence would certainly be appreciated) C-Cat has a Smoke On The Water Ironman and I don't have one of those....anymore. My cycling buddy I believe is still going and he has a '88 Yellow/White straight fade Ironman Master, I don't have one of those....anymore either.
I'd like to take my '86 Classic however I'd need to change the 13-21 dura ace freewheel to 13-26 as a precautionary measure. I keep thinking it'll be the '88 Carbon Midnight Rider as it has a a rangey 13-28 8 speed cassette. And honestly I have no problem taking the Miami Vice with 13-26 dura ace freewheel but I would switch out to better lighter accessories.
So who's Going?

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I wish i could go but unfortunately i cant. I do have one request if everyone that goes is ok with it. I would like to ask that someone takes a picture of all the Centurions that are in the group in a large group shot something cool , My intentions is to use it on the vintage-centurion website. heck even if they are not in this group and some one is there with a centurion see if they would be willing. I think it would be a cool pic of all these centurions that are still being used 30+ years later.

Of course i would need all owners of the bikes in the picture to give me permission to use it.

heres some 1987 love
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
A small woman's Ironman came through my home a few years ago, back when I was flipping bikes. My kid Juj already had a bike of their own but they fell in love with this bike with the small front wheel, a replica of the Terry design. (I'm using they/them pronouns to refer to my kid, as that is their choice.) The bike was too small for my kid, but they loved it anyway. Eventually I sold the bike. Then they met Kat, their girlfriend, now their wife, who is 5'0" (152 cm) tall. And a bike just like the one I had bought and sold popped up, so I grabbed it. Kat isn't an experienced rider and wasn't all that comfortable with the racing geometry and drop handlebars. On my suggestion and her approval, I just replaced the handlebars. I have to find some shifters that will mount on the handlebars, because upright bars and down-tube shifters are not a great mix.

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I switched my Univega from the original flat bar a thumb shifters (which broke after nearly 30 years) to riser bars with SunRace SLM10 friction thumbies (cheap but good) and, finally, to Nitto albatross swept bars with Shimano bar-end shifters.

The latter works best for me, but it needs either a long top tube, shortened swept bars, or both to avoid knocking the knees. Fortunately the Univega frame was already slightly large for me (58cm frame, I'm 5'11" with 33" inseam) with a longer than usual top tube due to the bike starting life as a rigid frame MTB. But I still swapped out the original 120mm riser stem for a 120mm horizontal stem - same length but effectively longer reach. So the reach and knee clearance are perfect.

That might not work with some road bikes including that "Terry" style Ironperson. Looks like the top tube isn't long enough to clear bar end shifters with swept bars. But a longer stem might do the trick.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
I've posted how I never watched the tv series Miami Vice bitd and after watching a utube video of Edward James Olmos talking about his initial contact with the show made me want to watch it. So recently I purchased the first season DVD, liked it, purchased second season. I thought what the hey I'll buy the next season too. But as the kids say, they caught me slipping. The first two seasons were relatively cheap 5 or 6 bucks. But I didn't do my due diligence, and the next season is two to three times that. They got me on that one. Still contemplating getting it...
Our regional library system has seasons 1 through 5, same price as the original '80s broadcasts (zero), only without the commercials.
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Our regional library system has seasons 1 through 5, same price as the original '80s broadcasts (zero), only without the commercials.
Good point, I think our county library is finally open. We'll have to check into it.
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I think Hulu has Miami Vice episodes too. Not sure whether Hulu still offers free services, but they had some good stuff on last time I checked.
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Old 06-17-20, 05:36 PM
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...How many of y'all are making it to the (RTs) HNH in august? And if going, are you riding an Ironman?...
Hoping to. Not sure. Hard to predict my availability due to health issues. I've postponed most routine care appointments during the pandemic, but I've still had a couple of urgent care visits. If I can put together three consecutive days of feeling up to par I'll be willing to make plans.

Definitely riding the Ironman if I do. Got it pretty well dialed in now. I just switched to a longer stem (110mm Salsa open face 4-bolt) and still need to get accustomed to it for longer rides, but I've managed up to 50 miles so far with only a short rest break. Neck was kinda stiff and sore later but not as bad as I'd expected. The short stem was comfy, but the longer stem is more stable on fast curves, especially on rippled and rough pavement.

The original 120mm SR stem from the Ironman is on the Univega. I needed it to give a little more reach and knee room after switching that bike to albatross swept bars and bar end shifters. It's perfect now and I don't want to mess with it. So now it's an Ironvega... Uniman... something.
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I just bought this last week. It's an 88 but not sure what the paint scheme is called. I think it's Purple Haze, right?
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Originally Posted by 76SLT View Post
I just bought this last week. It's an 88 but not sure what the paint scheme is called. I think it's Purple Haze, right?
Yeah, most call it purple haze but ever since Prince died I call it Purple Rain.
We need a ride report and more pics.
Are those continental tires on there?

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Yeah, most call it purple haze but ever since Prince died I call it Purple Rain.
We need a ride report and more pics.
Are those continental tires on there?
It appears to be all original except for the seatpost is a Strong and the handlebars are Scott Drop LF. The rear wheel was changed to a 32 spoke Mavic MA 40 but the front has the original 28 spoke Araya CTL-370.

The tires are Continental Super Sport Ultra but I'm going to replace them soon. They look old and are starting to show cracks.

I tore it down to the frame to do a thorough cleaning and polish. The guy I bought it from really took good care of it. It had fresh grease everywhere and minimal wear. He used to ride 5000 miles a year but can't balance well anymore so he let it go. I couldn't get confirmation that he put 5000 miles a year on this bike. He just said he rode his bikes s lot.
I bought new cables today which will go on tomorrow, and I still need to get new bar tape. I need suggestions for a good white tape, preferably with perforations. I like that look.

This makes two for me so I may keep just one. I should know by the end if the summer if they both stay or one goes.






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Man! Those are the tires I used to run bitd. They were semi slicks I'd pump to 120 psi and HAMMER. I liked em cause they seemed to last forever...however hard as a rock.
Tough choice on the two Ironman. If the '87 was an expert it would be an easier choice. As it is, I like the '87 master's forks and paint and for all its intents and purposes it's an '86. Meanwhile you'll notice the lightweight and quick acceleration of the '88 and it's "Let's Go" characteristics.
I vote keep em both.
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After 500 miles on the oem setup, it was time to modernize her. First picture was from the day I got her in Jan 2020.
Last pic I grinded down a presta lock nut to angle the rear brakes 1-2 degrees upward for clearance. If any knows of a better, safer way to mount, pls share.





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After 500 miles on the oem setup, it was time to modernize her. First picture was from the day I got her in Jan 2020.
Last pic I grinded down a presta lock nut to angle the rear brakes 1-2 degrees upward for clearance. If any knows of a better, safer way to mount, pls share.




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Centurion Carbon Ironman Dave Scott

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I picked up a Centurion Carbon Ironman Dave Scott and hoping to learn more about the original parts. It's not letting me post pictures since I just signed up :'(
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I picked up a Centurion Carbon Ironman Dave Scott and hoping to learn more about the original parts. It's not letting me post pictures since I just signed up :'(
The Carbon Ironman came equipped with Shimano 600 tricolor 7 speed components. The Centurion Carbon R (identical frame as the Ironman) came with Dura ace components.
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Well in a bittersweet turn of events I did not need up buying robbies Ironman restomod frame set I found 55cm 97 lemond Zurich 853 maybe one day I will own another Ironman only future knows that but it was a blessing to be part of the Ironman community and I will leave a picture of the new ride



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It appears to be all original except for the seatpost is a Strong and the handlebars are Scott Drop LF. The rear wheel was changed to a 32 spoke Mavic MA 40 but the front has the original 28 spoke Araya CTL-370.

The tires are Continental Super Sport Ultra but I'm going to replace them soon. They look old and are starting to show cracks.

I tore it down to the frame to do a thorough cleaning and polish. The guy I bought it from really took good care of it. It had fresh grease everywhere and minimal wear. He used to ride 5000 miles a year but can't balance well anymore so he let it go. I couldn't get confirmation that he put 5000 miles a year on this bike. He just said he rode his bikes s lot.
I bought new cables today which will go on tomorrow, and I still need to get new bar tape. I need suggestions for a good white tape, preferably with perforations. I like that look.

This makes two for me so I may keep just one. I should know by the end if the summer if they both stay or one goes.






Those levers are sick !!!!
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I picked up a Centurion Carbon Ironman Dave Scott and hoping to learn more about the original parts. It's not letting me post pictures since I just signed up :'(
Wow, we have a former POTUS on board, cool!

texaspandj , Link to pics of the Carbon - https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/18228270 . It appears the bar and stem, and rear wheel, have been swapped.

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After 500 miles on the oem setup, it was time to modernize her. First picture was from the day I got her in Jan 2020.
Last pic I grinded down a presta lock nut to angle the rear brakes 1-2 degrees upward for clearance. If any knows of a better, safer way to mount, pls share.




I'm digging the orange tape!
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I'm digging the orange tape!
it was a failed attempt at a miami dolphins colorways since I could not find a MV in my size. Just found it incredibly hard to find a matching orange seat and bottle holder as well. *not a fin fan but my team is just as bad,, maybe worse
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
I've posted how I never watched the tv series Miami Vice bitd and after watching a utube video of Edward James Olmos talking about his initial contact with the show made me want to watch it. So recently I purchased the first season DVD, liked it, purchased second season. I thought what the hey I'll buy the next season too. But as the kids say, they caught me slipping. The first two seasons were relatively cheap 5 or 6 bucks. But I didn't do my due diligence, and the next season is two to three times that. They got me on that one. Still contemplating getting it...
Speaking of Miami Vice, I rode mine yesterday and it gave me a great ride. I think it's funny that in spite of it being my heaviest bike , with lowest level of components, cheapest tires, worst accessories on it (saddle bag, bottle and cages) it always surprises me that it never disappoints. <There's gotta be a better/clearer way to say that @canklecat.
Anyways, which leads me to another thought. How many of y'all are making it to the (RTs) HNH in august? And if going, are you riding an Ironman? And if riding an Ironman, which one? I want to know so I can bring an Ironman that isn't the the same as someone else's.
I know @jim dandy has a Summertime Blues Ironman like me but not sure he'll make it. (Remember JD you don't have to do the full hundred and your presence would certainly be appreciated) C-Cat has a Smoke On The Water Ironman and I don't have one of those....anymore. My cycling buddy I believe is still going and he has a '88 Yellow/White straight fade Ironman Master, I don't have one of those....anymore either.
I'd like to take my '86 Classic however I'd need to change the 13-21 dura ace freewheel to 13-26 as a precautionary measure keep thinking it'll be the '88 Carbon Midnight Rider as it has a a rangey 13-28 8 speed cassette. And honestly I have no problem taking the Miami Vice with 13-26 dura ace freewheel but I would switch out to better lighter accessories.
So who's Going?
No I haven't fallen off the earth and wasn't quite blown away in the tornado but I have been sidetracked lately. As far as I know me my granddaughter and daughter will be there. I'm not going to commit to any number of miles we will ride since none of us have been able to get out much. My sister in law will probably be there too. I will probably ride my 88 purple haze my grand daughter will ride her black '89 and my daughter will ride her teal & white 87 sister in law will have her Miami Vice.
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Wow, we have a former POTUS on board, cool!
It appears the bar and stem, and rear wheel, have been swapped.
madpogue thanks for the quick response. Any idea what it's worth? I fell in love with an 88 ironman master that I picked up 5 years ago. So I saw this and had to get it. I am not sure if I should clean it up and make it look pretty or keep it with the patina as the carbon coating is aging and turning a little brown and flaking off. I just don't want to remove any of the cool decals or nostalgia of the bike.
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No I haven't fallen off the earth and wasn't quite blown away in the tornado but I have been sidetracked lately. As far as I know me my granddaughter and daughter will be there. I'm not going to commit to any number of miles we will ride since none of us have been able to get out much. My sister in law will probably be there too. I will probably ride my 88 purple haze my grand daughter will ride her black '89 and my daughter will ride her teal & white 87 sister in law will have her Miami Vice.
Man if all y'all show up with those Ironman bikes along with everyone else, that's gonna be one heck of a group pic.

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Originally Posted by WildWilly View Post
madpogue thanks for the quick response. Any idea what it's worth? I fell in love with an 88 ironman master that I picked up 5 years ago. So I saw this and had to get it. I am not sure if I should clean it up and make it look pretty or keep it with the patina as the carbon coating is aging and turning a little brown and flaking off. I just don't want to remove any of the cool decals or nostalgia of the bike.
Your and all Carbon Ironman are '88s and '88 Ironman have the coolest decals.
There is a thread of a BF member completely stripping the clear off a centurion carbon. It's a really cool read. As I recall he ordered new decals. Eventually RT purchased that same centurion carbon. He eventually was rid of it but that's a whole other story.
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