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Vintage Lerun Skatebike...

Old 10-20-16, 05:34 PM
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Vintage Lerun Skatebike...

No need to be envious..... although this little bike may give you cause.

I just picked up a 1980 Le Run Skatebike that a neighbour was tossing out.
I can't believe it was being discarded. In excellent condition after sitting for 36 years..
It will look better once it is cleaned. Just a little tarnish on the chrome.

Any idea what these things are worth ??

From the internet:
" Skate bikes were probably first made in America by the Michigan firm, Le Run, in the late 1970s or early 1980s. By the mid-1980s personal youth transport such as inline skating and skateboarding had become very popular using more sophisticated and modern materials such as polyurethane wheels which allowed for greater speed, manoeuvrability and tricks to be performed. The popularity of the skate bike was limited due to the difficulty in mastering it and time required to learn to ride. Riding a skate bike has been described like being on a bicycle with no handle bars and with the front wheels failing to swivel. Another limiting feature was the fact that skate bikes needed careful calibration and maintenance and were ridden in quite a different way to conventional unicycles in terms of balance and manoeuvrability. Nevertheless, it is a rare and interesting example of an adaption of the traditional bicycle and tricycle."













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Old 10-21-16, 07:15 AM
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IMO, rare but not valuable. A conversation piece.
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Just a tip: keep it red, remove white stickers, replace with De Rosa stickers and you'll have 100 pages of responses in minute. Looks kinda de Rosa-esque to me.
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