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Old 07-23-10, 10:39 PM
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1980's Ken Legge road bike

Hi everyone. My husband has a 1980's racing bike that has sat in the basement gathering dust for 20 years. I don't know much about bikes, but I brushed the dust off and figured out that it has a Tange Champion No. 2 chromoly steel butted tubes frame, a Concor S. Marco Supercorsa seat, Suntour Superbe Pro gears and brakes, and Shimano 600 pedals. It's made by Ken Legge and it has a sticker on it from Russ Hay Bicycle Shop in Victoria, BC. Other than the dust, it needs new tires and some oil but is otherwise in good shape. Sorry no photos - I will if I have to, but I am a bit of a dinosaur in that regard.

What do you think - old junk or hidden treasure?
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Old 07-23-10, 11:07 PM
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I have bike that is rumored to be a Ken Legge built, although mine has been painted by cyclops so its hard to distinguish much. I would love to see some pictures.
I have no idea what its worth, but am interested to see what you get for it, as it will let me know what mine is worth. Or maybe I will make an offer as i my mike is missing some of Superbe Pro goodies. Is there a serial number on your bike?
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Old 07-23-10, 11:08 PM
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oh and.. are you in victoria? i am.
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Definitely not old junk. Champion #2 is pretty good, not the very best. Shimano 600 is also pretty good. Superbe Pro stuff is desirable, as is the seat.

So overall, lots of pretty decent stuff on that bike. You are not going to retire on it, but it will have pretty good value, depending on condition.

Without pictures, no idea of value.
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$300 or so. Its old with with old Shimano 600 which doesnt have much value. In my opinion niche builder bikes have less value than mainstream manufscturers because virtually nobody knows who these niche builders are. I've never heard of 'Ken Legge' before opening this thread.
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Old 07-24-10, 08:21 PM
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thanks everyone! Yes there is a serial number on the frame as well as a number on the sticker from the bike store.

I am in Vancouver (Burnaby). I actually almost advertised it for $300 but got cold feet and thought I had better research it a bit more.

I did a few triathlons on it in the late 80's. It was fast! But a bit too big for me. And my triathlon days are long over.

thanks again for the help!
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Old 07-25-10, 09:38 PM
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Ken was a local builder out of Vancouver, BC. He didn't produce a lot of bikes, but used a lot of different kinds of tubing in all kinds of different configurations. Road, criterium, time trial, MTB... he was adventurous and mostly built one-offs, I think. From what I've seen, his quality of work was a little rough, but he was well-known around here for many years.
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Originally Posted by ridenomore View Post
thanks everyone! Yes there is a serial number on the frame as well as a number on the sticker from the bike store.

I am in Vancouver (Burnaby). I actually almost advertised it for $300 but got cold feet and thought I had better research it a bit more.

I did a few triathlons on it in the late 80's. It was fast! But a bit too big for me. And my triathlon days are long over.

thanks again for the help!

Why are your triathalon days long behind you? I never get why people quit sports they enjoy because they get "old".
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I think the reason usually is that the pain/discomfort from one's aging body outweighs the enjoyment of the sport...

In my case, it was nothing to do with age. I quit cycling because I wasn't that strong on the bike, I had trouble logging the necessary training hours, I don't enjoy riding in bad weather, and I'm nervous about riding in traffic. I still run (and race competitively), at age 51, and swim recreationally. I have hip alignment issues and the older I get, the harder they are to manage. But I will run until I can't.

It is heartbreaking to have to give up a sport you love because your body just can't do it any more. Often quitting isn't a choice.
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