Todd T. has provided us an OTSG first, this Apollo Custom Sport—and an aero bar that could easily be mistaken for a set of pick-up bull bars. The second bike in his line up is a Centurion LeMans will full front and rear racks.
It’s interesting how OTS enthusiasts find their style and stick to it. Some feel every bike needs a Brooks; some feel every bike needs a SDGCS; some feel every bike needs shellacked bar tape; while still others find bar tape a troublesome eyesore, and prefer the look of black electrical tape and front wheels with the skewers on the right hand side. When you pay $25 for the bike, I suppose anything goes.
Note: If any of you are interested, I know where there is a really nice Centurion very similar to this for sale—check it out. The seller is a real great fella, and long time friend of mine.
I was looking through your site and I couldn’t determine if you have any Apollo pics. If not, here’s one for your collection. This is the favourite in my small collection of 10 &12 speeds. I love riding this bike! I find it quite light and exceptionally smooth to ride. It was purchased new by my next door neighbour and had a cared for life while travelling many worldwide locations over the years. The first owner finally decided to let it go in a garage sale and I missed buying it (didn’t know it was going up for sale). Another neighbour bought the bike. About a year later, they decided to do the MTB thing and this bike was back in a garage sale again. I paid my $25.00 and happily took home my Apollo Custom Sport. So, it’s on it’s third owner…all in the same block! I spent the winter cleaning and sorting through a couple minor items but overall, it’s had far more pro-active maintenance than some of the bikes I’ve worked on.
I have no plans to let it see a 4th owner!
This isn’t for posting as it is a 12 speed, but I know you like Centurions.
I intercepted this bike before it’s former owner disposed of it in the garbage dump. It had sat outside through all forms of Canadian weather for over 12 years! It was in terrible condition but I just couldn’t allow myself to see a Centurion head to a landfill. I spent way to many hours removing and cleaning every single nut, bolt, spoke….(you know the routine). Then, wax upon wax upon…
I even managed to save the front fork-mounted 80’s headlight that was a former glob of seized rust. Seemed the more I poured into her, the more she rewarded me by coming back to life. She now forms part of my small collection and my plan is to use her for some short touring.
One Blue Centurion Le Mans 12 rides again.!