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 Post subject: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:01 pm 
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Just purchased a road bike (probably 80's) with the Centurion name down the side. I thought it was the American Centurion brand but now I'm not so sure. The front badge says HW Cycles, Lincoln. Does anyone know anything about this firm / cycle shop ?


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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:51 am 
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Joker wrote:
Just purchased a road bike (probably 80's) with the Centurion name down the side. I thought it was the American Centurion brand but now I'm not so sure. The front badge says HW Cycles, Lincoln. Does anyone know anything about this firm / cycle shop ?



The shop must have disappeared decades ago, I've never heard of it...it is, I guess, a budget bike with a shop name decal on it...


Rk.


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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:05 am 
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Centurian-Pr ... 3676552384

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This one presumably is different again. Looks like it says made in Japan.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:32 pm 
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Centurion were certainly an "American" brand when I lived in the States in the '80s - had a lot of exposure through the Hawaii Ironman - Dave Scott was their sponsored athlete when he was winning it every year. IIRC, they were Taiwanese built. Always thought they were reasonable bikes, mostly steel as I recall.

Have a brain itch that says they were related to Diamond Back at the time? Pretty sure it all went bust some time ago. (Didn't DB also have problems early 2000s?)


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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:58 pm 
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My daughter's French partner had a Centurion triathlon frame that I swopped for my Giant TCR (it was to small for me) and then sold on. It was alloy, built for 650 wheels and not particularly light. No idea where it came from as he bought it 'pre-owned' and I don't remember any badges etc. with this info.

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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:21 pm 
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Back in the 50s/60s retailers sold sheets of waterslide transfers with generic names.
I'm sure Centurion was among them.

Keith


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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:23 pm 
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keithglos wrote:
Back in the 50s/60s retailers sold sheets of waterslide transfers with generic names.
I'm sure Centurion was among them.

Keith

I think this is definitely a brand Keith, I'm sure I've seen others as well as the 2 shown here.


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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:34 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
keithglos wrote:
Back in the 50s/60s retailers sold sheets of waterslide transfers with generic names.
I'm sure Centurion was among them.

Keith

I think this is definitely a brand Keith, I'm sure I've seen others as well as the 2 shown here.


But the OPs isn't one like those shown...and when were frame builders brands...not back in the day they weren't.

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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:49 am 
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Centurion connected to Diamondback were brands of the West Coast Imports company based in California. Centurion bikes were generally lugged steel made in Japan road bikes whilst Diamondback were Taiwanese built BMX and MTB.
However another Centurion named bike manufacturer is of German origin. Think the bike shown is possibly the Jap built American owned company.


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 Post subject: Re: Centurion bikes
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:41 pm 
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