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Old 03-19-18, 04:17 PM
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1973 Le Champion

I have a 1973 Le Champion, purchased in spring 1973, at Bikes and Boats on Alki Point, Seattle. It is completely stock, except for the covers on the bolts for the pedals. Campagnolo hubs, deraillers, and shifters, Stronglite crank, Record headset, clincher tires, Universal brakes, original Brooks saddle. It is in very good shape, has lived inside all of its life, and has what are probably quite low miles. It may not look quite as good as Mr MeatloafOvadose's, totally gorgeous 1973, but still nice. I do not ride much, bad knees. Any idea what it might be worth? Thank you.
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Are you still in Seattle? That is a strong town for used bike sales. I'd value the bike at $700 +/- $50. I saw a full campy le champion languish on the local CL at $500 but that is in my small midwest city where C&V bikes tend to go cheap.
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We will need many detailed photos to get a better idea of value. I bought my first "real" bike, a Nishiki, at Bikes and Boats in Lakewood, WA in winter of 1973.
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Originally Posted by unclejim View Post
I have a 1973 Le Champion, purchased in spring 1973, at Bikes and Boats on Alki Point, Seattle. It is completely stock, except for the covers on the bolts for the pedals. Campagnolo hubs, deraillers, and shifters, Stronglite crank, Record headset, clincher tires, Universal brakes, original Brooks saddle. It is in very good shape, has lived inside all of its life, and has what are probably quite low miles. It may not look quite as good as Mr MeatloafOvadose's, totally gorgeous 1973, but still nice. I do not ride much, bad knees. Any idea what it might be worth? Thank you.
Depends on the size, colour and condition. $700 might be OK if it is overhauled and ready to go. If it has been sitting for years it will need quite a bit of work to get back to proper running order. Grease dries, rubber gets old, cables rust, etc and buyers will want a few hundred discount to do the work themselves.

eBay will gross you the most money, although after fees and shipping you might get the same on the local craigslist.
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Old 03-19-18, 07:28 PM
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'73 is an early one. Is it blue?
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@unclejim - Does it look like this?
[IMG]2008-06-01 15.25.53, on Flickr[/IMG]
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It looks like the photo that SJX426 posted, with cages on the pedals, white tape on the handlebars. Thanks to everyone for the prompt thoughtful responses. I plan to do some work on it, get out my jar of Mother's, etc and make it beautiful again. Who knows, I may decide to keep it. It is a gorgeous machine.
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Originally Posted by unclejim View Post
It looks like the photo that SJX426 posted, with cages on the pedals, white tape on the handlebars. Thanks to everyone for the prompt thoughtful responses. I plan to do some work on it, get out my jar of Mother's, etc and make it beautiful again. Who knows, I may decide to keep it. It is a gorgeous machine.
If you want to rebuild it with more forgiving gearing, we can help you with that. I'd ride it, that's a bike with some history.
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If you want to rebuild it with more forgiving gearing, we can help you with that. I'd ride it, that's a bike with some history.
And it's outrageously beautiful. One of the very coolest colors with one of the classiest decal/paint schemes ever.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
If you want to rebuild it with more forgiving gearing, we can help you with that. I'd ride it, that's a bike with some history.
That exact thought occurred to me right after I posted my reply. Thank you, I will keep that in mind.
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Originally Posted by unclejim View Post
That exact thought occurred to me right after I posted my reply. Thank you, I will keep that in mind.
And we still want to see photos of it.
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I'm glad that you will be keeping it. (#Be The Original Owner). I won't have to feel bad about another Le Champion getting away.
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Keep it ! Ride it!

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I donít know what else you ride for a bike...these bikes demand that you ride them confidently. Fast and hard! Leave the gears as they are...stiff responsive frame...pedal it out!
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1973 moto

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And we still want to see photos of it.
Still struggling with attaching photos
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Originally Posted by unclejim View Post
Still struggling with attaching photos
You can attach them via this site or find a hosting site like flickr or imgur. Then you put a [img] tag before the url and a [/img] after. If you have a link to the photos someone can help put them here.
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