I think I am hooked on this whole bike riding thing. Supposedly a few other people around here own bikes and even ride them.
Wanted to start riding and decided I wanted a vintage solid straight frame with a bit of character and one that I could wrench and learn on without doing too much harm to my bike or ego. So, I picked up an old Lotus Unique with some cosmetic damage but a very true frame.
Obviously from the pics, it is a single speed but I recently made a few modifications to get it geared in a place that I can actually get around the hills of Seattle without dropping a lung en route.
So, here's a few pics, and then I was hoping to ask a few questions. Please give me hell if I am contravening this forum's custom by posting my stuff in the wrong forum, and even for asking what I am sure are pretty naive questions.
The bike is basically how I purchased it with the following changes, hobbled together from parts acquired from friends (without specific regard for continuity of concept or aesthetic):
New chain ring with smaller gear
Threw some origin8 crank arms
A newer Alex G2000 wheel for the front.
The rear hub is a cool old Bullseye with a mavic rim. Seems true enough. So, my questions are these considering I know very little except for the fact that I am having fun riding this:
Any general info on old Lotus bikes? Particularly the Unique?
I would like to eventually have a matching wheel set. Would you scratch the front and get a matching mavic for the front. Scratch the back and get another G2000, scratch em both and do something all together different?
I have some cool cinelli drops that would fit the currently installed cinelli stem. I like the feel of the horns when I am trying to get uphill, but maybe the drops would be cool. Opinions?
All aesthetic recos much appreciated as well.
Ultimately, I want to keep a vintage look, but get a consistent and functional bike together with solid parts.
Thanks for humoring the noob.