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    sultan of schwinn EjustE's Avatar
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    Lotus Challenger

    Not extremely familiar with Lotuses (which is a shame, since for a while they were headquartered close to my back yard), but I've heard some things about them and I know that some people swear by them and there is some sort of Mystique around the brand, maybe because a couple of their models were consumer reports best buys in the 80s...

    the bike in question:

    - Lotus Challenger
    - Tange 1000 db main triangle, hi-tensile fork (and probably stays)
    - Suntour AR derailleurs
    - Sugino crank with a very small chainguard over the big ring
    - Stem shifters, diacombe brakeset (no turkey levels)
    - Weinmann 27 in alloy rims

    I think that it is an 82-84 bike; mid-entry. Components look original

    Is the Lotus mystique big enough to make it worth more than $125-150 I think its market value is in ready to go condition with new tires/tubes/cables/lube and adjustments?
    -E

    still stuck in the '80s; '70s were good as well, but i severely dislike tubulars.
    I tri...

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    $150 around here, in sweet ready to ride condition. I do not see a Lotus "premium" in my area. In the recreational bike category, premiums go for Peugeots, Treks, Schwinns and a few others.

    I may be the only one in my area that puts a premium on Lotus bikes, I have three of them right now, including my Lotus Classique (daily rider).

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    I sold a really nice one last year for $100 but that was in the dead of winter in Maine. The tires were older but servicable, I had lubed it and tuned it and cleaned it. I liked it a lot. Almost kept it, some days wish I had. Prettiest shade of blue, almost purple.
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    sultan of schwinn EjustE's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
    I sold a really nice one last year for $100 but that was in the dead of winter in Maine. The tires were older but servicable, I had lubed it and tuned it and cleaned it. I liked it a lot. Almost kept it, some days wish I had. Prettiest shade of blue, almost purple.
    Yours was probably a later model with (the better) Tange 900 tubeset.

    This one is an one owner bike (and a proud one who put his name with one of those old fashioned letter typing clickie things on a sticky tape -if you are old enough, you know what I am talking about- on the seat tube). Tires are shot. The rear one had a close encounter with a sharp object and got a nice 2 inch gouge floppy going on. Stored for years (dust and grime and leaf particles on greased parts), but at some point it was loved and used.

    About 2 sizes too big for me (looks like a 58 minimum.) Thanks, guys. As I suspected there is no much Lotus mystique... If I get it, I will rehab it and give it a new home, if I don't, oh well...
    -E

    still stuck in the '80s; '70s were good as well, but i severely dislike tubulars.
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    Found this pink Challenger in the trash in the fall. In the process of cleaning and tuning it for my girlfriend to ride in the spring. (She loves old steel bikes too...she just doesn't know it yet).

    This one has the Tange 900 frame and alu wheels. Has turkey levers with hoods (I've never seen that on another bike) and also has stem shifters. Both negatives for me but I think will be positives for my lady.

    As to your post about lotus mystique, I don't see much of it in Boston. Most people browsing CL for sub $500 bikes probably have no idea there was ever a Lotus bike co.

    (crappy pictures as-found...I think i posted these in the saved from the dump thread a while back)


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    "E" you know better where are the pics? LOL
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    It did have Tange tubes. I don't remember which number. I thought it was one of the better single digit Tanges.
    I have spoken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    "E" you know better where are the pics? LOL
    The bike is not in my possession otherwise, I would post pictures.
    -E

    still stuck in the '80s; '70s were good as well, but i severely dislike tubulars.
    I tri...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
    It did have Tange tubes. I don't remember which number. I thought it was one of the better single digit Tanges.
    It has a Tange 1000 sticker on the ST and a pair "high tensile steel" stickers on the fork. I think that later they used 900, but this one is probably from 83 or so based on the AR components.
    -E

    still stuck in the '80s; '70s were good as well, but i severely dislike tubulars.
    I tri...

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