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Old 09-23-09, 07:24 PM
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Old 09-23-09, 09:49 PM
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T-Mar for the win!
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Old 09-24-09, 10:24 AM
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Thanks! Yay T-Mar!

I found a catalog page from 1983, but not 80. Anyone got one?

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Found a match! That serial number format was used by Katakura, a Tokyo manufacturer of the Silk brand. They produced everything right up to pro track models used for the Keirin circuit.
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Old 03-08-14, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by tradtimbo View Post
. . . but neither the previous owner or I can figure out the maker. Someone repainted it at some point. Any help would be great. . . .
Hi tradtimbo,

thanks for posting the pics. Your bike is a match for the 1980-82 Lotus Legend.

See the Pics in this thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...mano-Arabesque

Also more info on Legend here and a Lotus serial number close to yours. They also say that the decals peeled off easily.

https://vintagelotusbicycles.com/Legend.html

That first version of the Legend is very clean looking. I like it.
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Old 03-08-14, 01:18 PM
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At it again eh, @Hummer? Well done.
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Ultra back in 82' had an electric metallic green bike like this one. Remember they came in electric blue aswell.

Mine was tange 022 or champion 022 cant remember.

The issue we had was to figure it out who built them, back in the 80s a lot of manufacturers like tange made their "whatever who wants this can have it" frames and you never knew exactly who was the guy who built them, the good thing is that the frames were darn solid.

Prob ably you wont know ever who built it, one thing is certain, the bike is solid and the paint is even more solid hehehe.

Japanese in those frames used to do like a triple chrome plated and then use electrostatic paint (different thano powder coating), faster to paint, the paint is not thick as with powder coating, the only way to paint over the chrome and lasted forever, what you have there is the original paint job. I was you I wont even try to refinish that frame, will take godzilla to get that paint off.

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Old 03-08-14, 09:42 PM
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At it again eh, @Hummer? Well done.
Help me @non-fixie. I'm addicted to internet bicycle porn and all the dirty details.

Maybe there is a rehab centre for this.
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Old 03-08-14, 11:12 PM
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Just to finally clear this up . . .

That's most probably a 1980 Lotus Odyssey. The Odyssey and Legend frames are virtually identical for 1980. The wrap seat stay caps are a dead giveaway for Legend or Odyssey.

Serial number is consistent with Lotus format at that time.

If the Pro-Am hubs are original to the Ukai rims, that points to Odyssey, as the Legend used Shimano 600 hubs.

Drive train also points towards Odyssey.

Lack of riveted headtube badge and no water bottle bosses points to 1980. By 1981-82 the Legend and Odyssey had riveted badges and bottle bosses.

1980 Lotus Odyssey.
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Old 03-11-14, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Snydermann View Post
Just to finally clear this up . . .

That's most probably a 1980 Lotus Odyssey. . . .
Hi Snydermann,

Thanks for the clarification and the attention to detail. I am not well versed in the Lotus line-up, I just noticed the match in the pictures provided in this thread and the other thread that I listed.
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Originally Posted by Hummer View Post
Hi Snydermann,

Thanks for the clarification and the attention to detail.
You are welcome.

It's been a long (as well as disappointing, frustrating, and sometimes even expensive) avenue of discovery with Lotus bikes, so it's actually quite a thrill and even a joy when I can identify something with relative certainty.

Sometimes I feel self-conscious waxing on, but hopefully someone else later on will search for info and the thread will help them out.

My grandfather always told me "It's the details that make the job [complete and well-done]".
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Old 03-11-14, 11:08 AM
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Snydermann, I agree. Quantitatively, Lotus and other brands weren't that much better than other brands, if at all. But I really appreciate the relentless attention to small details. They also took care of the important things. The same is true of Univega, another house brand by the same US importer. May he rest in peace, he appeared to have a passion for bikes and another for customer satisfaction.
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I'm a total newby, but I'm gonna throw out either Nishiki or Fuji mid-'80's.

Edit: Well that's what I get for skipping ahead and not reading to the end. Oops.

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