I had rebuilt a Trek 360 that I had bought from a guy in Carpentersville about a month ago. I rode the bike for a little bit and then threw it back on Craigslist. I honestly bought it because the weather suddenly became gorgeous and I needed something I could kick around on the trails.
I was able to sell the Trek without waiting too long. I sold it to a young man in Skokie who just needed a commuter. He had mentioned that he had a Centurion that had seen some better days and was wondering if I was interested in checking it out and possibly trading it in.
I remember initially admiring the color of the frame but was quickly turned off once I saw that the handlebars were bent, the front wheel was out of true, and the chainring was also bent. But the frame itself had some potential so I honored a trade in and quickly began working on it.
I threw some redished 27 inch alloy wheels on the frame, new handlebars, new chainring & cranks and a slew of other new components.
Turned out nicely. The contrast of white and charcoal is such a lovely match.
Ended up selling the bike to a guy in Lakeview who was also looking for a ride to just scoot around town with. I had used a 16 tooth freehwheel with a 52 tooth chainring so the bike really isnt that tame of a ride. When he was test riding he really gained some speed.
All and all, it was a quick and easy project that turned out nicely.
After riding the Trek 1000 entry level road bikes from the mid/late 80s definitely grew on me. After the Trek sold I had a few other emails about buying it and so I wanted to try and fill the vacancy of the Trek with something semi similar. Another bike seller a few cities over had posted this Centurion on Craigslist and wasnt asking too much. Here is what she looked like before rebuilding:
I knew only very little about Centurions upon buying the bike and I only know a very little bit more now, after selling it. Most of the information I garnered was from Sheldon Brown and even his entry on Centurions was admittedly slim. Seems as if there arent too many Centurion experts out there.
Anyway, the bike initially had a bent rear rim so we used a Mavic CXP21 7 Speed wheelset we had that was originally on a Schwinn Premis that has a seized stem. The Centurion’s original wheelset was sent off to our wheelbuilder George to have the hubs relaced for another project.
After the stripping, overhauling, and bathing it the bike turned out sweet. I definitely got some mileage on it and that early index shifting worked with such ease. Like the Trek, I really debated holding on to this one but reminded myself about the Langster sitting at Lucky Brake.
I ended up selling it to a nice girl in Lakeview who actually owned a Sport DLX years prior. It was heavily damaged in a traffic accident and since then she has been looking for a replacement. She loved this Centurion and was thrilled to have found another in her size.
Very classy/sexy bike. Ill definitely be on the look out for another.