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1981 Lotus Odyssey Donor-Bike-Palooza

Old 01-04-22, 05:19 PM
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1981 Lotus Odyssey Donor-Bike-Palooza

This one started out on CL at $300. It was quickly reduced to $175, where it sat for a couple of days before I contacted the seller. A bit of a basket case, it has no front derailleur, upright "comfort" handlebars that are both rusty & heavy, & a Sugino AT crank that's missing the outer chainring. But the dustcaps are in place & the crank arms look fantastic, the Portland Design Works fenders appear almost new, the Sachs Huret DuoPar Eco RD is pretty sweet, & there is a Nitto Technomic stem hiding beneath the hideous handlebars. The frame is double butted Tange Champion # 2 in decent condition. After a little back & forth w/ the seller, I managed to snag it for $40. The plan is to migrate the Ideale Daniel Rebour TB 92 Saddle over to the Schwinn Voyageur & replenish the parts bin w/ some of the bits. The frame is a bit small, so it's probably destined for the local co-op.






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Old 01-04-22, 05:54 PM
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Nice snag -- that's a lot of bike for $40!
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you got a great deal on an Ideale saddle...and a complete Lotus thrown in! Way to drive a hard bargain!
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
you got a great deal on an Ideale saddle...and a complete Lotus thrown in! Way to drive a hard bargain!
Agreed! The Ideale was the reason I contacted the seller. The crank arms, fenders, etc are a little extra bonus.

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That's a very nice frame. That is what was known as a "fast touring bike" I think. I had one in silver a couple of years ago.
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Originally Posted by AngryFrankie View Post
That's a very nice frame. That is what was known as a "fast touring bike" I think. I had one in silver a couple of years ago.
Apparently there was a silver & an ivory as well. This is the first one I've seen in person. Haven't weighed it, but sure felt surprisingly light when I hoisted it in the car.
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Apparently there was a silver & an ivory as well. This is the first one I've seen in person. Haven't weighed it, but sure felt surprisingly light when I hoisted it in the car.
I have one of the silver (pearl?) ones. Soon after this example was built the Odyssey morphed into more of a tourer with canti brakes.
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I have one of the silver (pearl?) ones. Soon after this example was built the Odyssey morphed into more of a tourer with canti brakes.
Post a pic if you have one. Would love to see how this bike was originally built up.
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I've bought a couple of bikes solely for the saddles, bought one yesterday in fact (donated the rest of the bike already).

Well done! Best source for vintage parts continues to be a complete bike.
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The seat post & stem gods were smiling on me, both surrendered w/out a struggle. I test-fitted some Bullmoose Bars & a Blue Suede Saddle-here she is setup in bar-bike/townie-mode. Check out the black fly in the last pic inspecting the sloping fork crown. A bit of a shame the Lotus didn't fit, but somebody will end up w/ a pretty sweet frame.




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