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Old 11-19-11, 12:42 PM
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A C&V Account (Picture Heavy)

Hey everyone,

I donít usually say much on these forums except for the occasional comment, but I think I finally have something to add to this wonderful place.

Iíd like to start off with a little introduction. Coming from a little town Merced, CA I was never really exposed to ďroad bikesĒ until I moved out for college to San Francisco.
You can imagine my surprise when I realized how much people actually depended on them for transportation. Got into C&V bicycles not more than a year ago when I got an old-ish 80ís Focus RT550. Tange 2 tubing, decent components, (although the relative who gave it to me threw on a single speed freewheel and threw out the derailleurs.) I wasnít the very brightest during that time, and I decided to rattle-can it. I got bored with that eventually and went out and bought a fixed-gear. Again, not the brightest decision. I was eventually able to sell that off for double of what I originally bought it for so that was nice. With that I purchased an Ď88 Centurion Ironman ďExpertĒ Dave Scott. Full Shimano 105 and it was a blast to ride around. Sadly I didnít really know what a proper fitting bike was until a little later. I passed it on through Craigslist for a nice $200 only to find it a week later for $500. Very disappointing but it happens, apparently.



After that I ended up with a $50 Ď81 Miyata 610 from Modesto, CA. Did a quick search of it here on BikeForums and realized it was a steal. I snagged it and almost felt bad for riding that around. It was extremely clean and was pretty much spotless. I liked the ride but I wasnít in love with it for some reason. Again, I passed it on through Craigslist for $200 and AGAIN I found it a week later for $400. If youíre going to flip it, donít bother making up a lie about what youíre going to do with it. The picture doesnít do it justice.



To make things short, after all of this I started growing an addiction and at one point ended up with a late 80ís Centurion Accordo RS, another Miyata 610, a Ď93 Specialized Allez, an 80ís Nishiki Olympic 12, a gorgeous early 70ís Raleigh Super Course, and my biggest prize, an early 70ís Peugeot PX-10 that I got for $150.


















(I apologize in advance for the not so great pictures.)


Being young and stupid, I ended up stacking all of this on my newly acquired credit card. My limit was about $500 at the time and thatís what I owed. The whole time I was thinking that all my money was being invested, because it was! Of course, my parents didnít think so and took away my card. But heck, all the money was in these bikes already anyway. I slowly started dissipating my stable. First, the Accordo went, it didnít fit me at all, way too small, no idea why I bought it in the first place. Then it was the Super Course. Dissapointingly it was waaaay too tall. It seems like thereís a pattern with my pricing because I sold it off for $200 as well. After that was the 610 to a fellow here on BikeForums! Then the Ď93 Specialized Allez went out. It had a small dent on the top tube and I hated seeing that all the time. It rode great but the geometry was a little too racy for my needs. That went off for $200 on Craigslist to a nice fellow who I hope put it to good use.
Finally, it was the PX10. That was probably the hardest to sell, even considering the fact that it was slightly too big for me. It just rode so damn smooth. It was amazing. Owning one of those was probably my proudest moment. I gave that one away for $300 on Craigslist. The market seems to be really hot in San Francisco considering that all of these have been sold an hour after having posted the corresponding ad.

All of that brings me to this present moment. I paid off my credit card and pretty much left myself with no bikes at all. That was nice for a day or two until I found a nice Ice Blue Ď80-í81 Lotus Legend while scouring Craigslist late at night. It was extremely dirty and almost unrecognizable. Under all the grime though, the components were pristine. The frame isnít in the best shape, but it has no dents and itís structurally sound. Came with itís original full Shimano 600 Arabesque, except for the Suntour Superbe brakeset which I would consider an upgrade.
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Old 11-19-11, 12:45 PM
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The Lotus bug hit me at this point. I found myself looking for these beauties day and night. All my searching finally gave me some results. A friend had a lead on a Lotus bicycle and man was I stoked. It turned out to be an Ď84 (purchased in Ď83), Lotus Odyssey. THE touring bicycle of touring bicycles. Purchased from the original owner who planned a tour after high school but his plans fell through. I happily took it over for him and have been riding it nonstop since then. It rides so great. My favorite out of all of them by far! After this beauty, my Craigslist searching has dwindled. Iíve found the perfect bicycle for me and I couldnít be happier. (Itís my daily, thatís why my saddle is hooked up to my frame with an old chain. Saddle thievery is rampant.)



















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Old 11-19-11, 12:47 PM
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Now, for the real story. I also have a real knack for old Toyotaís. I had an Ď83 Toyota Pickup last year and now I have an Ď85 Toyota Celica. I was thinking the other day and noticed that I only need one more piece to the Lotus trifecta. The engine for the newer Toyota Celicaís was sold off to Lotus, (the carmaker). Which after low sales, and having sold off itís engine, they discontinued the Celica. Another piece to the puzzle are my Lotus bicycles. Iím not sure where I remember reading this, so I donít know how true this part is. Lotus the bicycle brand itself sold off itís name to Lotus (the carmaker) sometime in the 90ís. Now all Iím missing is an actual Lotus Elise. But I think Iíll stick to my bicycles for now. Thanks for listening all!





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Nice story, you seem to find good bikes, in all sizes.
Lotus Cars was started in 1952.
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Old 11-19-11, 01:52 PM
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I'd go for a 1984 Lotus to match up with your Odyssey (with all their problems):
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The blue Lotus, PX-10 and Toyota pickup are my favorites. Very nice!
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
The blue Lotus, PX-10 and Toyota pickup are my favorites. Very nice!
Out of all of this, the PX-10 and the Pickup are what I miss most. I just wish the PX-10 was a litttle smaller. Also, my Celica has the exact same engine as my pickup so that's a nice fact that reassures me I did the right choice. (One difference is that the Celica engine is fuel injected wheres the Pickup was carbureted.)
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The Lotus Evora also uses a Toyota engine. And it is still in production.
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Originally Posted by omgar
I’d like to start off with a little introduction. Coming from a little town Merced, CA I was never really exposed to “road bikes” until I moved out for college to San Francisco.
You can imagine my surprise when I realized how much people actually depended on them for transportation. Got into C&V bicycles not more than a year ago when I got an old-ish 80’s Focus RT550. ...

To make things short, after all of this I started growing an addiction and at one point ended up with a late 80’s Centurion Accordo RS, another Miyata 610, a ‘93 Specialized Allez, an 80’s Nishiki Olympic 12, a gorgeous early 70’s Raleigh Super Course, and my biggest prize, an early 70’s Peugeot PX-10 that I got for $150.
Nice bikes, although that Super Course could really benefit from a different seat. And why is the Cyclone derailleur on the PX-10 mounted on a claw? Is the original hanger gone? If it's still there, it's trivial to tap the unthreaded 9mm hole on the Simplex hanger to M10 thread so you can mount the SunTour derailleur properly on the hanger.
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Originally Posted by repechage
The Lotus Evora also uses a Toyota engine. And it is still in production.
Yup, same engine as the Camry.

Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
And why is the Cyclone derailleur on the PX-10 mounted on a claw? Is the original hanger gone? If it's still there, it's trivial to tap the unthreaded 9mm hole on the Simplex hanger to M10 thread so you can mount the SunTour derailleur properly on the hanger.
The original hanger was there. Not sure why the previous owner didn't go that route, but it functioned just great as it was.
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Nice fender lines on that blue Lotus. Droolism.
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