58 CM 1970's Centurion 12 Speed Road Bike Bicycle

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 04,2009
  • Channel: Online Auction

It was back in the 1970's, during the Hey-Dey of American Cycling, when this bike was made. I vaguely remember when the "NEW" "12 Speed" came out back then, which in today's terms makes it a 6 Speed cassette; but, for back then, this was considered an upper end bike.

Tires are about a month old and have about 70 miles on them. I like these tires because I can generally ride them daily for about 10 or so months without flats. I accidentally rode thru broken glass a few times with no flats. That's the way tires should be.

After I got this bike going, I rode it on the "PV Loop" which goes by the Trump Golf Course and back, for a total of 54 miles. I got lots of cool comments on it. The chain did have a stiff spot and while riding it up and down Westchester Parkway, the chain finally broke and I ended up walking it back, carrying the chain and riding it Flintstones style. Because a replacement chain wasn't readily available, a link section was removed and the original chain was made to work, without the stiff/broken section.

I don't know if you've ridden a vintage bike, but a number of vintage bikes that I've ridden are a bit worn and the chain has a tendancy to pop or skip, but this bike did NONE of that, even up hills w something like this becomes really noticeable.

Based on the frame joints & lugs, this is definitely a Centurion Brand, and a solid mid-level bike for back then, but for the general public, it was higher end bike. It is a Hand-Built frame. As they put it, it was built right, welded, not knurled. It's a vintage bike and the shifting and braking is a little stiff, compared to today's stuff, but that's the way it was back then; and this is a bike that a good amateur racer would've used, or used by someone who likes to go on really long rides or "Centuries" if you would; hence the name "Centurion". It doesn't really need anything. Even what clearly needs attention, wouldn't belong so just go with it. It is what it is. It's an old bike, not something that just came off the rack last month.

I'd love to keep it. I put the hammer down on this bike. No one passed me. Up hills. Down hills. Technicals. Maybe it's something about the 27 inch wheels, the longer wheel base, or the steel frame that just rolls better than what I'm used to, but it just handles really nice compared to what I ride today. It doesn't seem to beat you up as much as carbon and aluminum. Although I love it, the reason I've decided to sell it is because it really is too big for me. I ride a 54. This is a 58. It's just too big for me. If I could trade for a similar shifting bike in my size, I would, but I'm not sure I'd find one this mechanically sound and most out t have the frame or goose-neck mounted shifting, which used to play havoc on my mind back then. I just like hanging on when I'm shifting and this vintage bike allows for this.

You may or may not find a century ride to be impressive, but some of the stuff out t, you just have to wonder if it'll even make a 50 mile ride. While I was at the bike shop, a lady brought in a 1 month old mtb bike from BigBoxStore w the bottom bracket was falling apart etc etc and she claimed to have paid $300 and only ridden it for a month, 10 miles a day, 5 days a week. What? 200 miles? She also didn't strike me as one to put the hammer down on it. So, I figure, that's about the number of miles you can expect from cheaply made bikes today, between services. I'm thinking this bike can go way longer than that. It's an oldy but goody. It's kinda sad how people will spend so much for junk with a flashy paint job, and the manufacturer, not actually expecting them to ride it that much. Back then, manufacturers definitely focused more on quality. I think the next owner of this bike won't be spending as much as she did.

It's got friction shifting - Very little adjusting needed. Kids are removing the junk off bikes today, but the stuff on this bike isn't junk. It's stuff that will work. If they expe...