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…

This Lotus Super Pro Aero has been on ebay for a week or so now, relisted once. It started at $1,450 and has been reduced to $1,350 and the seller is accepting offers. I though it was the same as this Super Pro Aero, but it’s not. This one is a size larger, has blue not silver bar tape, and the Araya Aero rims are not hard annodized and show a couple of cracks. I am surprised to see multiple spokes pulling through a rim-flawed rim or rider error? Another interesting detail, which I’ve noticed on another Super Pro: rear derailleur modified by owner. "The top third of the top pully cover was cut off to accommodate a wider gear ratio on the freewheel. I do not know if this freewheel is original to the bicycle, but it is a Shimano freewheel that fits the hub properly." Actually, my memory serves me well-it’s the same bike, not a trend in derailleur modification. This is my post from two months ago. I recall the January listing was on the East Coast-now it’s on the West Coast. What’s wrong with this bike? Other than the obvious rear wheel defect? Hmmmm…

Submission: I’m about to buy this legend. Anything I should know? Thanks

A: The craigslisted Legend you are considering looks to be in decent condition, judging by the low res overall pics. As mentioned in the ad, the rear wheel/freewheel/hub[?] has been updated to accommodate more cogs-from six to eight it seems. The saddle has been updated, clipless pedals added, and the brake lever gum hoods are missing, otherwise, this one retains much of it’s original Lotus style. At $150, I’d say it’s worth it. You must be a tall human…

Submission: Got this 2000R Pro Series off craig’s almost a year ago. She was a mess. New paint, decals, tires, bla bla bla. She’s a beauty.I really like your vision for this Lotus. Love the color scheme and the totally revised setup. Nice! Who did your paint and decals? Is the color British Racing Green? A: My dad owns a local powder coating shop, so he wanted to be apart of my project and powder coated my bike forest green for free. My sister and I just opened a local printing shop so I cut out the decals myself! How convenient huh?

Submitted Q: does EBAY know about you copying their pics?

A: That’s an ominous question. Do you work for ebay? Are you a copyright lawyer? Did I repost your photography without permission? Only because you asked did I look at eBay’s legal info regarding photos and text. They doesn’t give a darn if I use photos from their site, because the photos on their site are to be created by the users, not by ebay. Their terms dictate no photos and text from other eBay users, no photos and text copied from websites, and no scans from catalogs or advertisements. So the content on each listing should be created by the seller. What happens after that is not in eBay’s control or interest. 

Reply: You know what you wrote is meaningless, makes no sense, and answered nothing. Mu question was simply does EBAY know you are copying their pictures. A simple yes or no will suffice.

A: I have no idea if eBay knows I copy their photos.

Submission: I’m not surprised at the final price for that nice Lotus Supreme Columbus SL frame. The market decided it was worth it.

People are beginning to realize that these high quality, production built Japanese steel bikes are not being made anymore. Finding such a nice example in a popular size is going to get increasing difficult. People are holding onto these bikes, we know we probably can’t replace them. I have an ‘83 Lotus Competition, and I intend to keep it.

Just a few years ago there were considerably more used steel bikes and frames available. But that’s changed. There’s a lot of junk on eBay, and some seller’s are asking ridiculous money for low and mid range steel. An extra $100 or $150 for a frame like that Supreme is nothing today.

Ed.

This is a more detailed update than the usual ebay follow up. This 1984 Supreme frameset sold for $404.00 plus $45 to ship after twenty four bids. Here is my initial posting. I closely watched the sale progress and was there for the final two minutes of activity. I’m definitely surprised at the sale price of this particular item. I guessed the highest bid would be $300. Yes, the frame is in fantastic condition and it’s a size that has not come through in some time, but still, this is a very high price for a totally bare frameset. Perhaps the cleanliness of this item accounts for the extra $104. Well, the buyer should be psyched. Can’t wait to see what comes of the build.

Hello Craigslist! (That’s how the listing for this 1984 Lotus Eclair on Stockton, CA’s craigslist begins.) I bought it two months ago from someone who had kept it indoors since he originally got it - he only used it occasionally in his living room on the bicycle trainer. I have only ridden it three times since I bought it and otherwise I have kept it exclusively indoors, so it is still in excellent condition. Comes with fully functional Minoura bike trainer, a sleek rack that goes over the back tire, tire pump, water bottle (see pictures for these three), reflectors and bags that can be attached to the bike to carry stuff in. Bought it for $300, so selling for $300 firm.I think that makes sense-why try to flip it? I’m curious: why don’t you want this lovely bicycle that is in near mint condition? Wrong size? Too nice?

I’ve got a number of methods for searching out Lotus bicycles; some are specific and some are very random. Normally, I search by distance and go all the way to Alaska and Florida, but lately, I’ve been only going as far as the Midwest. My mistake. In Seattle, a deleted post describing a "MINT Pink Metal 1984 LOTUS Excelle mixte Road Bike". Oh, lordy! Though the CL post was gone, I was able to find a bikefourms discussion about the post (scroll about halfway down the page). Text from what I assume is (mostly) the original listing: This is the nicest, cleanest, and lightest Lotus I have ever seen. The rare pink color is so beautiful. A one owner bike purchased brand new in 1984, rode once around the block, and then stored for 30 years. Frame is lightweight and strong double butted Tange Mangaloy 2001 steel. Shimano components. Maillard hubs, alloy wheelset, precise shifting, light action brakes that easily modulate speed and can stop the bike swiftly. Frame and components are in a solid 9 or 9.5/10 condition with absolutely no rust or corrosion anywhere and barely even a paint chip; paint is still super glossy! Bike was just tuned and oiled and needs nothing whatsoever, but a new rider! 54 cm frame, best for someone 5’3”-5’6” or. Email/call/text 425-772-8850. $300 firm. Thanks. 

I’m in love with this model/color. Is it rare? Yes and no. I’ve seen three or four of them come and go in the past nine months, so maybe they are not so rare. This bike is in exceptional condition-even the original IRC tires are attached and look great. I noticed the final paragraph of text on bikefourms sounds/looks familiar: This is an unusual commuter roadie. A Lotus Excelle mixte in a fabulous color and mint condition. Based on my experience, this color does not correspond with the model/year. The components and detailing indicate this is an 1984 Excelle, but that model only came in Silver, Ice Blue, and Burgundy. At least those are the only colors I have ever seen. This bike looks pink, not Burgundy or faded Burgundy. This pink looks like the Raspberry Pink of the 1983 Super Pro Aero! So this model/color is new to me. Totally worth $300.

Apparently, I wrote this about a similar bike seven months ago. 90% of these words are mine-the other 10% someone are someone adding to my thoughts. Seven months ago, I had not seen one like this-since then, many. Seems that $300 is now the set price for minty pink metal Excelle mixte. Hey, if you’ve got one to sell, give me a call.