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Old 09-21-08, 06:53 PM   #1
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Welcome Home to My New Lotus Challenger Mixte

I've been looking for a Lotus mixte for some time now.... and I had enormous luck in bidding and winning an auction after one was ebayed after appearing in the discussions on this site:

Vintage Lotus Challenger Bike

Miraculously it all worked out because I ended up on a last minute trip to Virginia (to see my Dad) and was able to drive up and pick up the bike in Chantilly, Virginia. The seller is just a super great person who even drove out to meet me near the expressway. I felt guilty driving off with the bike -- it seems to me that nice bikes should stay with nice owners and we should just be rehoming those who have neglectful or otherwise endangering owners. . . but, that being said, I am

THRILLED

because, with exception of a some minor diminution in the decals, this bike is MINT and was freshly tuned up for the sale.

So, without further words... let me present, Miss Lotus Challenger (photographed prior to any clean-up/work):



















I'm planning just a few changes:

She'll be getting this saddle:



a pair of Nitto Promenade or similar type bars, and some fenders....

any other recommendations?

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Old 09-21-08, 07:32 PM   #2
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Good catch, and a great story. That mixte looks to be in very nice shape, and the Brooks saddle should look lovely on her.

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Old 09-22-08, 01:18 AM   #3
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WOW what a beauty
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Old 09-22-08, 05:24 AM   #4
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As a fan of Mixtes, I can truly say... very nice... very nice indeed.
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That's a very clean bike . A nice one. How about a full picture of the green one that wears the Brooks saddle in the last picture. kirby
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Old 09-22-08, 08:28 AM   #6
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Here's the Raleigh Sprite... the sun was so intense that she looks dull in the photo -- but in reality she's a stunning metallic emerald green:



As much as I love her, she may be the one to move on from the stable... I'm not sure yet.

Meanwhile, I feel guilty for wanting to ride the Lotus.. she's THAT pristine.
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