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Looking at this 1986 Lotus Excelle...Thoughts?

Old 02-14-19, 06:47 PM
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Looking at this 1986 Lotus Excelle...Thoughts?

To start with...is the price fair? I'm not that mechanically inclined so a thorough rehab would be done by a bike shop. What would that cost? I really like vintage stuff. Right now I have a Schwinn Sierra that I just put road tires on...then took off because I cut the valve stem on the rear...then put back on again. That was about as mechanically adept as I get, hence the need fro a bike shop.

So what would be a fair price? Are these any good?
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Originally Posted by LifeNovice1 View Post
To start with...is the price fair? I'm not that mechanically inclined so a thorough rehab would be done by a bike shop. What would that cost? I really like vintage stuff. Right now I have a Schwinn Sierra that I just put road tires on...then took off because I cut the valve stem on the rear...then put back on again. That was about as mechanically adept as I get, hence the need fro a bike shop.

So what would be a fair price? Are these any good?
Was there meant to be a link?
pretty hard to throw out a valuation without any pics or indication of condition.
Btw there is a valuation sub forum where this will probably land.
Also suggest picking up some basic mechanical skills. Maybe leave hard stuff to a shop to begin, but tires, new chain, new cables, adjusting derailleurs and brakes are all simple procedures that will save you $. At a minimum everyone who rides should know how to change a tube.
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Originally Posted by LifeNovice1 View Post
To start with...is the price fair?
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Old 02-14-19, 08:06 PM
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Prolly this one.

https://chattanooga.craigslist.org/b...817655702.html

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Old 02-14-19, 08:28 PM
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Yup...that's it. I'm a bit foggy brained tonight. Still at work....
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Entry level cro-mo frame but a good marque. Looks well used, has less dessireable 27" wheels, I think you can do a lot better since it's not been cleaned/tuned up. Probably needs work. I don't like the hyperbole in the ad. Makes me think this isn't an original owner. If it is, why present the bike like this?

You asked what a rehab would cost. Shop rates are expensive and a bad one will clean out your wallet for repacked bearings, cables, housings, pads, adjustments, assuming they're a vintage friendly shop, which you really want. All of a sudden you're $350 all in. You can get a better bike, usually here.

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Agree with Clubman. I'd pass unless I could get it cheap. Way too much paint damage for my taste. It probably is structurally sound . I'm thinking $75.00 as it sits. Good bike to learn maintenance on. Not as hard as you think. Park Tools has videos of many repair and maintenance techniques as does youtube. Plus we're happy to offer help.
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Nice bike with just OK price. But the overall condition is just to rough for someone not experianced in rehabing bikes and doing the work them selves. As for costs probably in then $150 range figuring some parts , if you don't have a fairly deep parts bin. tires and new consumables if one does the work themselves and likely cost prohibative if a shop does the work $300-400 and most shops just wouldn't take this job and tell you you should get another bike.
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Love the bike. I've got the identical model hanging in the basement of my house in Atlanta. Mid 80's made in Japan. Rock solid Tange frame. Nice alloy wheels. Good bike to learn how to wrench on things. If I could get that for $75 or so. I could completely disassemble it. Polish the frame. Repack the bearings. Replace the brake pads, tubes, tires, chain, bar wrap, seat, and whatever else and sell it for about $350. If you don't have any mechanical skill and, don't own all the tools required to work on it ................................ fuhgetabowdit.
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