The seller in Syracuse, NY with the Lotus Legend Ultra High Performance Sport Bicycle, only had a photograph of a catalog page in the craigslisting, but now pics of the actual bike have been added. It’s a beauty. I’ve seen more Legend Compe’s lately, so the details of this model/generation are a good refresher. The combination of Sugino, DiaCompe, and Suntour on the Legend, versus the Campagnolo Gran Sport Legend Compe are significant differences. It’s interesting to note the Legend has a long cage Suntour Cyclone II rear derailleur and a fairly widely spaced Suntour freewheel-kind of setup for a touring bike. Yet the double chainring Sugino Super Mighty Comp crank and DiaCompe aero levers seem racing bike inclined. A strange hybrid. This bike is a lovely version. VGC. Asking $400-totally worth it.

Another brief and mildly cryptic craigslist post: Lotus vintage light blue taller men’s roadbike. I put shimano brakes on it and have a ULock with key. Had a bike shop put the brakes on and the total bill was 220 for parts and labor.. the Ulock was 90 bucks.. 250 obo. Andrew (503) ••• ••••
I’m confused. Why put cash into a bike and then sell it? 

Another brief and mildly cryptic craigslist post: Lotus vintage light blue taller men’s roadbike. I put shimano brakes on it and have a ULock with key. Had a bike shop put the brakes on and the total bill was 220 for parts and labor.. the Ulock was 90 bucks.. 250 obo. Andrew (503) ••• ••••

I’m confused. Why put cash into a bike and then sell it? 

Found on the street: a fourth generation Lotus Excelle single speed conversion. It was parked in front of Reckless Records’ downtown store, so I imagine this belongs to a über cool music nerd or similar. Stripped down to the essentials, though none of the remaining components are original-as far as I can see. The wheels are aero profile (or shallow V) and the high flange hubs and nutted attachment are definitely not Lotus spec. Same goes for the crank, saddle, stem, interrupter brake, and front caliper. I’m not sure about those pedals-maybe they are original but probably not considering the retrofit of everything else. I still like this one because the salty, grimy layer that covers the bottom two-thirds of the bike indicates a serious winter rider!

Found on the street: a fourth generation Lotus Excelle single speed conversion. It was parked in front of Reckless Records’ downtown store, so I imagine this belongs to a über cool music nerd or similar. Stripped down to the essentials, though none of the remaining components are original-as far as I can see. The wheels are aero profile (or shallow V) and the high flange hubs and nutted attachment are definitely not Lotus spec. Same goes for the crank, saddle, stem, interrupter brake, and front caliper. I’m not sure about those pedals-maybe they are original but probably not considering the retrofit of everything else. I still like this one because the salty, grimy layer that covers the bottom two-thirds of the bike indicates a serious winter rider!

bcolekid asked: I live up in Andersonville. You think this Lotus Aero Super Pro is worth $750? Seems steep to me. Will this make you get to west side sooner?

Ha! It’s overpriced based on the low res pics-maybe it looks great in person. It seems like the owner is willing to negotiate, but would he/she accept $300-$350 less? The Super Pros that were listed on ebay recently are in the $1,200 range, but one of those sales has stalled and one bike has been quickly resold, so I’m skeptical about this activity. I spoke to someone who did a private sale of a single owner Super Pro with the original tubular wheelset in VGC-that buyer negotiated $500 for the bike. I’m not running to the west side, so take your time bargaining with the seller. Let me know what happens…

This Chicago based Super Pro Aero has been listed again. The bike(s) were up for sale in January. The darker of the two pics show a jumble of stacked bikes-this was the only image in the January ad. The same photo along with a clearer view of the Lotus and Vitus are in the new listing. Perhaps you can see why none of the bikes sold the first time. The $750 price tag remains, but the seller is still accepting offers. Since this bike was posted in January, I count four Super Pro Aeros for sale on CL/ebay. Not so rare, I guess. Just out of curiosity, I’m tempted to go over and take it for a spin, unless someone beats me to it…

I feel like I have seen this bike or answered a question about it in the past year. I went through my archive but can’t find a pic. Another brief, unspecific craigslist post: Lotus Road Bike. I am 6’4 and it is a little small on me. I’m certain this is a 1980-‘82 Competition. Apparently the model decal has been stripped off along with large chunks of the red paint. You can see extra chrome around the headset lugs. The chrome undercoat indicates a nice frame and the decals and color narrow it down to the Competition. It looks like the bike was built up from the frame, as all components are not stock, at least as far as I can see. Asking $300.  

I feel like I have seen this bike or answered a question about it in the past year. I went through my archive but can’t find a pic. Another brief, unspecific craigslist postLotus Road Bike. I am 6’4 and it is a little small on me. I’m certain this is a 1980-‘82 Competition. Apparently the model decal has been stripped off along with large chunks of the red paint. You can see extra chrome around the headset lugs. The chrome undercoat indicates a nice frame and the decals and color narrow it down to the Competition. It looks like the bike was built up from the frame, as all components are not stock, at least as far as I can see. Asking $300.  

A handsome Lotus Elite 600 on Dallas, TX craigslist. The listing’s text is brief: Lotus frame 56 cm ht 32 inch 12 gears. What more do you need to know? Well, I see Mavic rims on a bike that was spec’ed with Araya rims and Shimano 600EX hubs. I can’t tell what hubs are on this bike, but it’s safe to say, the wheels have been updated along with the saddle and stem. That’s the bad news-and really not that bad in the grand scheme. The Aquamarine paint looks shiny and the remainder of the 600EX components are in place. Seller is asking $275 for a mid to high end prosumer ride. That’s a fantastic price!

This is the only photo listed on a Syracuse, NY craigslist post. It’s definitely compelling. The listing text describes 18” (45cm) Lotus Legend Silver Champagne bike in new condition. That’s it. The owner’s manual page as photographed shows the smallest frame size is 50cm, so I don’t know where the 45cm measurement came from. I’d love to see a pic of the full-on racing machine. Asking $350. Seems too good to be true.

This is the only photo listed on a Syracuse, NY craigslist post. It’s definitely compelling. The listing text describes 18” (45cm) Lotus Legend Silver Champagne bike in new condition. That’s it. The owner’s manual page as photographed shows the smallest frame size is 50cm, so I don’t know where the 45cm measurement came from. I’d love to see a pic of the full-on racing machine. Asking $350. Seems too good to be true.

Found on the street: Lotus 2000R. This single speed conversion was locked up outside of work last night. Super secure with double U-locks and cable. Looked to me that the brakes, single crank, and Lotus branded [Vetta?] saddle, and wheels are original. Obviously, all shift components have been removed. I forgot to see how the rear hub was setup. Not my best photography, but I actually like the drama. 2000R!

Found on the street: Lotus 2000R. This single speed conversion was locked up outside of work last night. Super secure with double U-locks and cable. Looked to me that the brakes, single crank, and Lotus branded [Vetta?] saddle, and wheels are original. Obviously, all shift components have been removed. I forgot to see how the rear hub was setup. Not my best photography, but I actually like the drama. 2000R!

An ‘84 Eclair on Phoenix, AZ’s craigslist. Seller describes a bike [that] is in extremely nice cosmetic condition. I believe this is a 1984 and is all original (including tires which hold air, but probably should be replaced). Deore Equipped (rare). 20” Frame w/30” Stand Over. Considering this bike is in the desert, I’m surprised to see little bit of surface rust. Perhaps it lived in the muggy, wet South before retiring to the Southwest. Still, comes with a full set of racks, and all the Shimano Deore components are attached, including the Dyna Drive pedals/crank. Asking $400, cash only, firm.

Via Columbus, Ohio’s craigslist: Frame Lotus Aluminum 7000 series. Components all Shimano600. cash only, Interested? Maybe!/! Seller is asking $325 for a small frame, Aquamarine Blue Esprit. I see a replacement saddle (aka not Vetta), otherwise, it difficult to discern much from the low res, non-drive side pic. I think $325 is a little pricey, but worth negotiating. 

Via Columbus, Ohio’s craigslistFrame Lotus Aluminum 7000 series. Components all Shimano600. cash only, Interested? Maybe!/! Seller is asking $325 for a small frame, Aquamarine Blue Esprit. I see a replacement saddle (aka not Vetta), otherwise, it difficult to discern much from the low res, non-drive side pic. I think $325 is a little pricey, but worth negotiating. 

Another random pic:.. A third generation 1986 Lotus Odyssey. I don’t recall where I found the picture, but I believe it was up for sale and had been sold by the time I saw the listing. Found on Hampshire Bicycle Exchange’s website and still available as of 4/7/2014 for $475. My motivation for clipping the image was simply that this model / year / color combination is one that I have not seen often or ever (?). Early Odysseys were made with Tange Champion tubing, then Columbus SL or SP depending on the frame size. For the ‘86 model, Lotus went back to Tange, but this time used Infinity level tubes. I like the look of this ride. I don’t love Shimano BioPace cranks / rings or the Brooks saddle, but whatever.

Another random pic:.. A third generation 1986 Lotus Odyssey. I don’t recall where I found the picture, but I believe it was up for sale and had been sold by the time I saw the listing. Found on Hampshire Bicycle Exchange’s website and still available as of 4/7/2014 for $475. My motivation for clipping the image was simply that this model / year / color combination is one that I have not seen often or ever (?). Early Odysseys were made with Tange Champion tubing, then Columbus SL or SP depending on the frame size. For the ‘86 model, Lotus went back to Tange, but this time used Infinity level tubes. I like the look of this ride. I don’t love Shimano BioPace cranks / rings or the Brooks saddle, but whatever.

I ran across a Bike Forums thread titled 'Show Us Your Lotus' this weekend. Some very nice random Lotus bicycles were submitted, so now I’m sharing with you. From top to bottom: an ‘84 Supreme, an ‘81-82 Excelle mixte (note the lugs on the head tube), and a 1981-82 Odyssey in Pearl Orange. The page has not been updated in some time-the last comment was October 2013. Maybe it’s time to flood the page with new material…

A Seattle chapter of Goodwill posted this Lotus Explorer on ebay a few weeks back. I had set it aside and was going to blog about it, but then did not. It seems appropriate now. This model fits the details of the less expensive line of Taiwanese built bikes Lotus. The Elite, Elan, and Special models were the road models-apparently the Explorer was included in the lineup. The last pic is from Vintage Lotus Bicycles, and shows what is another version of the same model. The Goodwill bike was pretty rough and many of the components have been switched out. They were asking $49.99 but the bike did not sell and was not relisted.  

This bike most certainly not been flipped: Lotus Pegasus on ebay. Overall, the bike looks to be in excellent and mostly original condition. In fact, there have been more components added than taken away. Shiny paint is always an indicator of a well kept cycle-no doubt, the bronze paint shines. I’m not certain how long Lotus made this model, but I have seen a couple different versions, indicating multiple years of production. I prefer the more simple block letter decals, rather than the stylized ‘Pegasus’ decal on this bike. Though I suppose it’s an indicator of how Lotus would stylize all of their logos in the later years. Dia Compe cantilevers, Suntour Mountech derailleurs, and a Sugino Maxy triple crank. Very early ‘80’s MTB setup. Seller lists the bike as heavy. No doubt-rock solid though. Starting bid of $250 and pickup in Michigan only. Will update…