You may recognize this one from my recent poll, thanks to all for the opinions.
Here is the small story for this bike. I was riding downtown after work one morning and I noticed what I thought might be a Motobecane Grand Record in the trash. I tailed it over to discover two things, it was a Lotus... and the homeless owner was sleeping beside it. To scared to wake him up I left it and continued on. I burned on it for a while and checked periodically if it was still there... for 2.5 days.
I gathered up some courage and asked would he sell his bike, I heard a yes then asked how much. 10 dollars was the response.. and to be honest it really wasn't worth much more.
Well, here I am one or two months later and the Lotus has a new lease on life. Most of the parts came from a Fuji that was too small the rest from trades and the basement shelf. It's nothing fancy... but I love it.
The day I brought it home:
The new version (I see I need to adjust to seat angle a bit):
I'll type out a build list later on.