Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cowan Heights, CA and Beaufort, NC
    My Bikes
    Wizard, Eisentraut, Paramount, Litton, Colnago, Turner, Surley, Trek, Kona, Fuji, Scott, Landshark, Centurion, Hujsak, Masi
    Posts
    657
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    1980 Lotus Excelle-from the scrap heap

    This one was an add-in from a CL ad in Raleigh. The target bike was a $50.00 spray bombed one that turned out to be a Centurion of some type. This one was laying with the trash cans and I asked. Turned into 2 bikes for $50.00.

    As found, after some Simple Green, a brush, and some water.


    And after complete disassembly, elbow grease, Phil's grease, carnuba wax, and new wear parts:







  2. #2
    Senior Member 3speedslow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville, NC
    My Bikes
    A few
    Posts
    1,584
    Mentioned
    19 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice ! Some people just don't see these bikes for the gems they are. Are the DR's 600 as well ? Double bonus if it's your size.
    "Waiting for the crash"

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cowan Heights, CA and Beaufort, NC
    My Bikes
    Wizard, Eisentraut, Paramount, Litton, Colnago, Turner, Surley, Trek, Kona, Fuji, Scott, Landshark, Centurion, Hujsak, Masi
    Posts
    657
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    FD is 600 Arabesque. RD is a later replacement. I that and the seat/seat post are the only non-original parts.

    It is my size, however it is going to a friend. Got to thin the herd a bit....

  4. #4
    Lotus Monomaniac Snydermann's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,047
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's an early version (if not THE FIRST version), of Lotus' most popular model.

    What makes that bike early (1980?) is the exposed rear brake cable on the top tube (among other details). I've seen many, many, many Excelles, but only a handful of the very early models.

    Nice find and a good save.
    Always searching for Lotus literature and memorabilia for use at www.VintageLOTUSbicycles.com, can you help?

  5. #5
    Senior Member RobbieTunes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    17,394
    Mentioned
    98 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Very nice catch! Quite a wide freewheel, it looks like.

    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻

    Who drummed for Thoreau?

    1986 Centurion Ironman
    1987 D'Arienzo SLX
    2002 Douglas Vector (gravel)
    2004 Cinelli XLR8R2
    2014 Wraith Hustle

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •