On Dayton, Ohio’s craigslist
Vintage 1980s Lotus track bike.. - $600 (oakwood / Dayton)
a-precis asked: Lotus is my go-to if I need easy transportation somewhere. I have two very old Lotus bikes (one is an Esprit, the other an R3000. Both have many (not all) of their original parts, but unfortunately both have damaged forks, to the point that they are unsafe to ride lest it crack and pitch me over the handlebars. Do you know of any road bike forums where I might come in contact with other Lotus lovers who may have extra parts?
Hmmm, Lotus specific spare parts. That’s a good question. Bike Forums is a good resource, though not Lotus specific. You’ve got to have an account and in my limited interaction with the site, I find it not so intuitive/user friendly. Though not appropriate to your specific Lotus models, the MTBR website also has a forum where bike nerds buy, sell, and trade. Additionally, you could buy a whole bike (see the previous post), take what you need, and sell the extras. I do not truly endorse that practice, so it may be more ethical to buy a new-used Esprit or R3000 and use your current bike for parts. I suppose it’s really the same idea-take two so-so bikes to make one kick ass bike. I do appreciate that Lotus is your go-to if you need easy transportation. Thanks for the question. Let me know what happens or if you figure out something beyond my meager suggestions.
Fact: Columbus, Ohio consistently has nice bikes. This Esprit was, and still is, on their craigslist. Obviously, it’s a small frame, but there’s someone out there who can ride it. TIG welded aluminum frame, Tange chrome-moly fork, full Shimano 600EX component set (assuming nothing has been swapped out-there’s only one pic and non drive side. The Selle San Marco saddle is not stock), only produced for the 1987 model year, and finished with lovely Aquamarine Blue paint. Keep ‘em coming Columbus!
This stylistically documented Legend Compe frameset was on ebay. The sale recently ended and I can’t tell if it sold or not. It was listed for $875.00 plus $58.00 to ship. No auction or offers, just a straight up sale. Overall, it’s in great shape. It’s not a museum piece, as there are some rub marks and scuffs on the Oxide Green paint, but nothing major. The listing said: “here is a cult following on these and this is one of their best seldom seen models, I do have a lotus collection and this would stay if it were bigger”. Cult status aside, the price was very very high, so I’m guessing I will see it reposted.
I’ve been neglecting my duties as Lotus Bikes’ overlord. At the moment, I’ve got a few minutes to post a few overdue notes. This third generation Eclair frameset is on ebay, but not for much longer. The clock is red and counting down the minutes-just under forty. Current bid: $75 plus $46 to ship. Two bidders. Having both the front and back racks is a sweet part of the deal. As you can see, some assembly would be required to get this up and running. The wheels are available too, but sold separately. Will update with the final sale price. Sold for $202.50 after only four bids. Buyer: please send me pics of your build!
Lotus on Seattle Craigslist
Submitted question from : I found this lotus on Seattle craigslist. I owned an Eclair in the past and LOVED it. I sold it when my first kid was born, and often wished to have it back. Is this one worth the $300 they’re asking for it? I do have 3 other working bikes at the moment, so I don’t exactly NEED it. I just think it may be a great bike. Thanks for your input!
I believe the seller is correct in his/her guess that this is a very early Lotus Competition, aka the 1980 model. The frame is definitely well built with Tange Champion tubing and lots of chrome under the paint. Based on the pics, this one is not perfect (major paint loss on the fork), and I see only a few original components (crank, brake levers, and maybe the brake calipers). Everything else has been replaced/updated. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with new components-some people want pristine vintage, others just want the frame. What’s your style?
Is it worth $300? Maybe.
I would negotiate the price a little. Based on the pics, it looks like this bike and others are stored outdoors. Maybe that’s common in Seattle, but that does not mean it’s good for the bike over the long term. As mentioned, it’s not perfect, so you are paying for the frame and any components you decide to keep.
If you are hooked on picking up another Lotus, be patient-another one will surface. There’s another Lotus out there in better condition and possibly cheaper. If you are committed to this particular frame, then $300ish is a small price to pay for happiness.
I hope this helps.
Submission to Lotus Bikes: Ronnie’s pair of Pegasus MTBs!! I recall seeing the post on Birmingham, Alabama’s craigslist, but there were no pictures, so I didn’t think much of it. A week later, Ronnie sent me a message with a ton of images. Yep, those are mint condition Lotus Pegasus. Ronnie: ”The couple I bought them from told me they bought them new in Colorado in 1983. On the black one, the owner changed out the saddle and hand grips went they bought them. The tires are not original they have been replaced. Not many people down here in the South even know what a Lotus bike is.”Totally to your advantage Ronnie. There’s hardly any rub marks on the rims-amazingly clean. This is the stuff bike nerds dream about. PS: I just went back and the listing is still on CL. In addition to the bikes, one could have scored a CRAFTSMAN RADIAL SAW ON LEGS, CIRCULAR SAW, GARDEN UTILITY CART, ECHO GAS EDGER. MISC.
This Odyssey is in less than mint condition, still, it’s a respectable bike, though maybe not for $400. The pics show many chips, dings, and scratches. The saddle and seat post are newer; the rear derailleur is a Suntour STX-not the original Suntour Cyclone; newer tires, pedals, and bartape. Missing gum hoods. It’s obvious this bike is not perfect, but it’s totally functional. Is it worth $400? No, but it’s worth something. The listing says this bike is too big for the seller’s new apartment (so trading a folding bike is also possible), but judging by the pics, there’s not much in the new apartment except the Lotus and a few other items. I would rather see a Lotus across the room than a folding bike, but I am definitely biased. On craigslist.
From Long Island, New York’s craigslist, a mint condition Excelle. The listing: ”12 speed. Bike was stored in attic and was hardly ridden is like brand-new. Shimano 600 components. Medium-size frame. Bike is in Nassau County but delivery may be possible.” Yes, this particular bike does look like it’s new. This is the only pic, but at this scale, I see lollipop reflectors (always a good sign of an untouched bicycle), Kashimax saddle, vintage tires, original red cable housings, etc. Seller is asking $275. Totally worth it, but perhaps you could offer $250 and then both you and the seller would be happy.
A random Lotus posted on Providence, Rhode Island’s craigslist this week: an Express. Like a lot of people, I too use Vintage Lotus Bicycles for reference. It’s much more organized and clearly cataloged than my site. So for this bike, I had to look. Of course I knew it was a later generation, obviously, because of the stylized logo and the color too. The same color, Emerald Green, is featured on the Legend and Leger in 1987. Anyway, this is one I have not seen before, with a frame design that was unfamiliar to me. Apparently, this is the ladies version of a Lotus mountain bike/city bike. Again, borrowing from Vintage Lotus Bicycles site, this catalog text describes the model: "The Express is a mid-priced multi-purpose bicycle which offers the best in City Bike technology." What more do you need to know?
This is not a Lotus. It is a beautiful bike. Along with the Lotus brand, my allegiance is to anything Japanese, that’s why I’m posting this Zunow Hummingbird. I love Zunow’s logo and their paint schemes are always fantastically over the top, including this more subtle pink/grey fade. I have a running search for Zunow, just in case anything pops up. Amazingly, this bike is two or three miles away from home, so it’s fortunate that the frame is way too big for me, so that I am not temped. Besides, I don’t have the cash. The listing is perfectly simple:
rare Japanese frame
Full Tange Prestige, beautiful lug work
60 cm frame, full Shimano 600 (Ultegra)
circa 1989; low miles (approx 2,500)
(follow link below for a set of hi-res photos)
price is firm, serious inquiries only
cash only, local only
Check out the flickr pics-it’s a truly gorgeous bike. I can’t stop looking.
A small framed Elite 600. It’s in great shape and found in Atlanta, Georgia. Beautiful Aquamarine Blue paint with black painted details, Tange #2 double butted tubing, Shimano 600 components, Vetta saddle. All standard stuff for a Lotus of that generation (1986-87). A fine example of a uniquely designed bike. Asking $350. It’s cheaper than a brand new bicycle, and for a quickly growing adolescent, this looks like a fantastic, temporary solution.
A Lotus Supreme in the San Francisco bay area. Seller has it listed as a 1987 model. I say it’s an ‘82. Updated cockpit, saddle, wheels, and tires. Listing says it comes with an additional wheelset. I wonder if those are the original sew ups? If you pick up this bike, and it comes with sew ups, let me know what those wheels look like. Listed for $300. Totally worth it!
This is an exceptional listing for a Lotus R3000. “Bike has been sitting for awhile it needs work. If you are looking for a vintage road bike project then this is it. $25” You can’t beat the price. Hard to assess condition based on this image, but I see a lot of original components. It’s worth taking a look if you’re near Edgewater, FL. Call anytime.
A second generation Eclair is concurrently listed on Seattle’s craigslist. The post describes a "Classic road bike, special gears, 26inch. Is used and has traveled across US and New Zealand. $100" That sounds like a cool history. Perhaps this bike should go back on tour in New Zealand? Compared to the previous listing, you get a complete touring bike-40 spoke rear wheel, cantilever brakes, triple crankset, Shimano Deore drivetrain-all for $25 less than just the frame alone. I think that’s an easy decision, though one item is in the Midwest, the other on the West Coast. I suppose geography could be a factor as well.