For Sale: Ken Ryall TT Bike

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  • Complete machine - I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly, If I am I will post full details.

    So, I had got it right.

    I'm offering this bike on behalf of the estate of a deceased clubmate.

    It is a 1976 machine, in virtually new condition except that has had an unfortunate respray into fluorescent pink, done for reasons of visibility.

    TT bike fashions have changed quite a bit in the past 45 years, so I doubt if anyone will see this as a serious race bike now, but even so it's a quality piece of kit, so I'm sure somebody somewhere will enjoy owning it.

    As you may know, Ken himself was not a framebuilder - I am fairly sure this one came from Stan Pike, who built Ken's 'best' frames at that time. The unusual seat stay 'lug' is a clue here (see photo to be posted shortly).

    The dimensions are: seat tube 22", top tube 21" and wheelbase 37" ! There is a lot of front wheel/ toe clip overlap. It has vertical drop outs for the rear wheel, so not suitable for fixed.

    Under the BB are stamped: 531 super light, silver brazed and the no. K76055R.

    The wheels are 28 spoke Mavic CX 18 with Campag small flange hubs. Close ratio 6 bl0ck.
    Chainset is TA - 170 mm cranks with 3 pin 52 T ring.

    My friend was a former member of the legendary Calleva RC, so he knew pretty much everything there was to know about TT bikes (at the time, anyway). He was 92 when he left us, and I don't think he did much racing after he was 70, so the bike does need cleaning and lubricating.

    The bike is in Hanworth (about 3 miles beyond Twickenham)

    How much is it worth? I'm really not sure - let's start at £400.

    Photos will follow soon.

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  • You are doing it right. Just need a full description / photos and price. Good luck with your sale

  • This is amazing short geometry. You just don’t see that any more.

  • This machine is still available (I think), but it may be sold to a dealer very soon.

    I'm a bit surprised there wasn't more interest in it, and I can only guess the Ken Ryall is not a brand that's well known to lfgss, but it certainly was once a well respected marque, not least because Ken himself was quite shrewd at promoting it. A lot of events were won on his frames, and his aim was to get them on the front cover of 'Cycling'. Although it can't be seen on this cover Woody's frame does not have the conventional head badge (as in the Bob Garlinge pic), but the letters KR which were cut from a set of down tube transfers. This was done do the if a picture taken 'head on' were published, the readers would be left in no doubt as to whose frame the rider was on.

    Sorry, I've got two pictures from the magazine which I hoped to use to illustrate what I'm saying, but atm I can't get them into the right format to load successfully.

    The important message is - if you want this bike at a reasonable price (it's negotiable btw) you need to speak up quickly.

  • Very smart. Takes me back to my 70's TT days of Aende, Hearne, Shorter, Tom Avon and my Kevin Sayles :)

  • unbelievably steep, wow

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For Sale: Ken Ryall TT Bike

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