1977, Centurion, Pro Tour, pics, 63cm, $275 (craigslist / Dallas)
- 1977, Centurion, Pro Tour, pics, 63cm, $275 (craigslist / Dallas)
Not mine ... (pics on site -- that I can't see from work)
Vintage 1977 Centurion Pro-Tour - $275 (North Dallas / Richardson)
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Date: 2008-10-03, 10:04AM CDT
For Sale: Vintage 1977 Centurion Pro-Tour / Color: Orange
It's a tall one. Here are are the measurements I took.
Standover height at 34.25" or 87 cm, Seat tube ctr to ctr at 63 cm or 24 3/4"
Seat tube ctr to top at 64 cm top or 25.5" Top Tube: 58 cm ctr to ctr
According to a Gary Fisher review (link below) it indicates 25 1/2 is the
tallest frame offered that year which is the size of this one.
It is in about average shape for it's age with the paint chipped up quite a bit
but I liked the ride very much.
It came with a small dent in the top tube that appears to be cosmetic only.
The info I found indicates these bikes were strongly built. Check out the
pictures to get an idea of the condition.
It came with a front chrome fender but no rear fender although it does have a
Blackburn rear rack.
It has the brazed-on eyelets to accomodate racks & fenders in both the front &
The Dia Compe centerpulls are bolted to the frame via a brazed on stud on each
side rather than a center mounted bolt.
They have good stopping power.
I recently rode it 50 miles around Dallas (Some pictures from ride included) &
it rode excellent. So I can vouch first hand that it was a comfortable ride on
It has a really long wheelbase of 42 3/4 inches / 108.5 cm which I suppose
contributes to the nice ride.
You might have to search long and hard to fine a touring bike with such a long
It has a mix of vintage Suntour and Shimano components and the Dia Compe Brakes
The crank is a SR Apex Triple with 28 x 42 x 28 rings.
The rear wheel is 40 spoke and the front 36 on a 27" size wheel / rim.
I have not had it tuned up so you might want to have all that checked out but
mechanically it performed nicely on the 50 mile ride.
I found a December 1976 review of this bike by none other than Gary Fisher who
gives it a favorable review.
If you don't don't know who he is a web search will show a lot about this bike
It seems to be relatively light for a touring bike as it weighed in at 27.2 lbs
with the one fender & rack.
Some very good Centurion bike info here:
They appear to be a popular and sought after brand of vintage bicycle
especially the higher end models such as this one.
Discussion of Centurions here:
December 1976 Gary Fisher review here:
From this info I gather they are very well built and fairly sought after.
There are no pedals that come with it.
I just temporarily used some of mine from another bike to try it out.
With a bit of attention I expect you could load up this sturdy vintage work
horse and ride it cross country.
It is definitely not a run of the mill cookie cutter type bike like so many
I had thought I would have it powder coated to dress it up a bit but I have
another touring bike already.
There are some local powder coaters that can repaint it about any color you
like for a modest sum.
Once you ride this classic I think you will love it.
I found this quote on the web about this particular model Centurion Pro-Tour
"Richard Ballantine chose the 1977 Centurion Pro-Tour as one of his "picks"
for "best" bikes in his 1978 "Richard's Bicycle Book", and again in his 1982
Location: North Dallas / Richardson