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Old 05-10-15, 06:28 PM
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best value/deal trek lotus miyata?

I'm looking at these 3 bikes in the DC/Bmore area. I've been riding a beat up felt brougham on the fixed gear side to work for the past few years and i need some gears now. Are these decent asking prices/bikes?

1986 Trek 400 Elance - $399

The bike is in great shape, and was just tuned up. The bike also has a pair of new old stock Panaracer tires.
-57cm lugged steel Reynolds 531
-Carbon fork
-Shimano Exage group
-Sealed bottom bracket
-700c Araya wheelset
-New Deda black bar tape with hemp twine
-New Stainless shift cables






1984 Lotus Odyssey - $335
Second generation 1984 Lotus Odyssey with Columbus tubing frame and fork.
Made in Japan
original parts. (new tires and tubes).
there are some paint rub marks on the top tube, no dents or rusts.
Suntour Cyclone II drivetrain
original front and rear racks, saddle, clips and straps







Miyata 312 Sport Touring Road Bike - $320
Splined Triple butted Cro-moly steel frame provides an amazing ride!
12 speed, Shimano Exage Action Group, Indexed shifting, bike has been stored indoors and barely used - original saddle looks like new. 700x25c alloy wheels.




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Old 05-10-15, 06:31 PM
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Old 05-10-15, 06:33 PM
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The Lotus is super clean, look at the chainrings, they look new. The triple is a bonus and it would be my pick. Price is right.
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Old 05-10-15, 06:54 PM
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Give me that Lotus baby ......... Yeah!!!!!!!
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concur with the others, the lotus is a beautiful bike and easily worth the asking price
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Old 05-10-15, 07:14 PM
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as much as I love the 531 Treks, I'd have to go for the Lotus here: better components, no replaced fork (always makes me wary), and every Columbus frame I've rode was smooth as silk (if not a bit heavy).
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Old 05-10-15, 07:21 PM
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The Miyata and the Trek, though nice are overpriced. The Lotus with that frame is the best deal.
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Old 05-10-15, 07:46 PM
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I'm biased; my first bike was a lotus odyssey. They're great tourers that ride decently unloaded. SL tubing, nice parts and well built. It has racks as a bonus. That would be my choice.
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Old 05-10-15, 08:15 PM
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I would buy the Lotus. Weird thing....that Miyata looks exactly like a Nishiki Sport I just bought. The frame looks the same, color, group set...
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The Lotus looks to be in excellent shape. It's built up as what could be a very capable commuterz so not much would need to be changed.

The front derailleur is Sunatour XCD, for what it's worth. Just tossing that out there since its mentimentionea Cyclone drivetrain. XCD is about '88 at earliest. It's a fine replacement for whatever was original, I have it on a bike and it moves the chain when I want. Justnmentioning it's not original in case that is important to you.


I am a Miyata geek, and the splined triple butted tubing always gets me interested, but the Lotus could be really cool.
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Old 05-11-15, 02:40 AM
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the lotus is the best value even if you tip the seller an extra $100.
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Old 05-11-15, 04:46 AM
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Odyssey

here's a Lotus link that may help.

I have a Columbus Trek and it is a nice ride. I personally would go with the Lotus: canti's and a triple.
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Old 05-11-15, 05:10 AM
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Lotus, lotus, lotus, lotus
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Old 05-11-15, 10:04 AM
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The Lotus is my choice also it is actually worth $100 so more than the asking price. It has better quality components and is a a quality touring bike and just a nicer and more interesting bike. The other two are over priced for bikes with Exchage components, I don't like the Exage action Biopeace combo on the Miyata and the no name carbon fork that doesn't match the bike are the Trek. These two are both entry level sports models with some potential issues definetly a class or two below the Lotus.
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Old 05-11-15, 10:23 AM
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The Lotus is the best deal of the three. I think that I agree with everyone else here.
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All three bikes look pretty good in the photos, but they would all be overpriced in the SoCal Market, and would sit unclaimed for months on CraigsList.

I'm partial to Treks, but $400 for that one is out of line. I don't care for the Suntour components on the Lotus, and the low product line Exage components with Biopace rings on the Miyata is a turn off to me. If I had to pick one of the three, I would probably go for the Miyata.

BUT to tell you the truth, I can look on the local CraigsList, and get my choice of a newer steel Trek OR a welded or bonded aluminum or carbon composite Trek with my choice of downtube shifters or brifters for $300 or less out here, and that is the way I would go.
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All three bikes look pretty good in the photos, but they would all be overpriced in the SoCal Market, and would sit unclaimed for months on CraigsList.

I'm partial to Treks, but $400 for that one is out of line. I don't care for the Suntour components on the Lotus, and the low product line Exage components with Biopace rings on the Miyata is a turn off to me. If I had to pick one of the three, I would probably go for the Miyata.

BUT to tell you the truth, I can look on the local CraigsList, and get my choice of a newer steel Trek OR a welded or bonded aluminum or carbon composite Trek with my choice of downtube shifters or brifters for $300 or less out here, and that is the way I would go.
It has been my perception that the Washington DC market is more robust price wise than SoCal.
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Old 05-12-15, 06:41 AM
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thanks for the feedback. it's almost unanimous. so i feel pretty bummed that it was sold only a couple hours after I asked about it.
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Miyata would be second place since the Lotus is gone.
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