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Old 02-20-09, 03:17 PM   #1
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Chehalis and Klein

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I'm coming up for my first STP ride this year. I lived in Port Orchard for a while when I was in the Navy so I'm looking forward to visiting again.

Anyway, I maintain a page on the history of Klein road bikes LINK and I'd like to get some photos of the old factory and anything else that might be interesting to include. I found the site on Google maps, looks like just some old farm sheds.

Can anybody tell me what I might find there if I stop by on the drive up? Thanks.

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Old 02-20-09, 05:37 PM   #2
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Nice site with the history of Klein bikes. I am a but of a Klein afficianado as I own 3. The latest one in the stable is a 2007 Q Elite XV which wasn't listed on your site. Great bike - full carbon with no internal cables.
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If you don't get another responce let me know. I can't find the address, but I have family in the area who might be able to do a drive by and give an update.
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If you don't get another responce let me know. I can't find the address, but I have family in the area who might be able to do a drive by and give an update.
Thanks! It's 118 Klein Road! Appears to be 12 miles south of town. I'd be interested to know what if any sign remains that it was once the Klein factory. They closed shop in 2002 and auctioned off all their machinery. http://www.murphyauctions.net/kleinbicycle.html






I'm not sure if it included the buildings on both sides of the road but here's the satellite shot from Google.


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The old facility is currently for sale if anyone interested has 2.7 megabucks to invest.



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Anyone have any idea on what a pre trek Klein performance is worth? I have one and am probably going to sell it, but not sure of its value. Still has some of the original shimano components; brakes, crankset, well actually I think thats it. Not sure of the year and have tried researching it, but without much luck. It is a gray frame with black lettering with red outline.

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Can anybody tell me what I might find there if I stop by on the drive up? Thanks.
Hate to disappoint you Scott, but there is nothing left of the Klein factory except the buildings that have all been converted to other uses.

I live just around the corner about a mile from Klein Rd. and sometimes ride that way. If you are up here for STP, it might still be worth the detour on your way to Seattle. Klein Rd. is only a couple of minutes east of I-5 at exit 68. Also, if you have time the day of the ride, the alternative route through Chehalis follows Jackson Hwy. and goes right by the place.

This picture was taken in June '07. If you look closely at the sign you can still see the Klein logo and name. It had been painted over less than a month earlier.
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I lived in Seattle in the 80s and did STP a bunch of times back then. The word was always that Klein didn't want any part of the ride, didn't want the attention and didn't participate in any way even though he was almost right along the route. I don't know if that changed as he got bigger. I'd think it would be an easy way to advertise and show your wares, but not everyone thinks that way. He'd get a much bigger boost by having one of his bikes hanging in the background on Seinfeld.
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Hate to disappoint you Scott, but there is nothing left of the Klein factory except the buildings that have all been converted to other uses. .
Thanks r.

That was the photo I was hoping to take myself, under better circumstances.

I had hoped for something like a sign or window decal. If there's nothing identifiable left then a pilgrimage doesn't seem to hold much allure.
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