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Posted By edsall78

I have the same model but from 1983-ish.. ...

I have the same model but from 1983-ish..

this one looks like the 23"/1984 (electric blue).

I think the bike is worth at least $300+--especially in a NYC market.

I sold my Lotus Excelle (one...
01-24-16, 02:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,957
Posted By edsall78

I bought my Soma Double Cross as a frameset and...

I bought my Soma Double Cross as a frameset and am confident I could build one cheaper than the complete most LBS's and Soma sell. But i didn't put it together piece by piece to save $$..

In my...
09-20-15, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,114
Posted By edsall78

+1. I typically ride a 56cm..and got a 54cm DC. ...

+1. I typically ride a 56cm..and got a 54cm DC. I also got a 90mm stem; but that is more a function of the really long top tube on the DC.

I had the same issue with my shop not having the Soma...
09-18-15, 10:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,046
Posted By edsall78

This is still going to weigh between 25#-30#. If...

This is still going to weigh between 25#-30#. If you are OK with that..so be it.

I'd be tempted to buy a fully restored bike from someone on the forums..then add the Brooks and new flat...
Forum: Northeast
09-16-15, 05:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,797
Posted By edsall78

It can be done. Brooklyn to George Washington...

It can be done. Brooklyn to George Washington Bridge..then down to Hoboken..
Just break the trip up into 2-legs.
09-08-15, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,538
Posted By edsall78

It is interesting that the bike comes with 27"...

It is interesting that the bike comes with 27" wheels..

I thought these were super under-rated because of the 700c wheelset.

Nice little bike. I want to believe it's an 87 and not the...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-15, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By edsall78

If its Brooklyn to Bronx..you should be able to...

If its Brooklyn to Bronx..you should be able to take the subway part way fairly easily; especially at 5:30am.

Id take the subway in the AM and bike home. 16 miles after a long day may not be the...
07-26-15, 05:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 15,839
Posted By edsall78

Go to 718cyclery in Brooklyn, they converted my...

Go to 718cyclery in Brooklyn, they converted my wife's Lotus mixte to porteur bars (velo orange) + brake levers..

Should be able to take the 'R' train right to the shop..or bike there from LIC.
Replies: 2
Views: 1,484
Posted By edsall78

I owned this bike and also got it for...

I owned this bike and also got it for $20!..Assuming its in working condition with no stuck parts--$150+.

Even though this was a low end Lotus..I thought it was fairly nice value. 700c wheelset...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-15, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,220
Posted By edsall78

9-speed cassetteShimano Tiagra HG-50 9 Speed...

9-speed cassetteShimano Tiagra HG-50 9 Speed 12-23 Cassette (http://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/shimano-tiagra-hg-50-9-speed-12-23-cassette?page_context=category&faceted_search=0)

9-speed...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-15, 10:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,556
Posted By edsall78

Not to confuse things. But look into a Soma...

Not to confuse things. But look into a Soma Doublecross. You could buy it complete..but it may be cheaper to buy the frame/fork and build it up with simple components. I'm under 1k on mine and it...
05-23-15, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 688
Posted By edsall78

If it shifts to the up position on its own..it...

If it shifts to the up position on its own..it could just be that the screw was loose..I remember something similar happening to me.
05-23-15, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 688
Posted By edsall78

I had this exact bike..assuming it is in fact the...

I had this exact bike..assuming it is in fact the 1987..you can get new down tube shifters or..as i recently did.switch to barend shifters..8-speed ultegra is super cheap..and I find them way more...
05-19-15, 05:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,809
Posted By edsall78

I own the Soma and am also 5'-9". I'm riding a...

I own the Soma and am also 5'-9". I'm riding a 54cm with a 90mm stem. I have more spacers on than I'd like. I imagine that a 50cm would require quite a bit more..

I'd get at least a 52cm.
05-13-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,186
Posted By edsall78

I was actually going to agree with GB on this...

I was actually going to agree with GB on this one..I've had my share of those 600 arabesque RD..In fact i have I spare 600 Aabesque right now in my meager parts bin..

Its pretty much the only...
05-07-15, 03:48 PM
Replies: 60,298
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Posted By edsall78

That is a club fuji..and a trek 330. Both look...

That is a club fuji..and a trek 330. Both look to be for a taller person 6'-0"-ish.
01-17-15, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,028
Posted By edsall78

When you consider that you get the cables, cable...

When you consider that you get the cables, cable stops, + 8speed shifters. Can you mount your down tube shifters on this pod?

I bought these + 8-speed cassette + chain for under $75 shipped a...
01-16-15, 06:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,028
Posted By edsall78

I considered doing the exact same thing with my...

I considered doing the exact same thing with my downtube shifters (arabesque).

Opted for this instead:
Shimano Ultegra 6480 Triple 8sp Bar End Shifter | Chain Reaction Cycles...
01-01-15, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,030
Posted By edsall78

Your Shopping Cart | Wraith Fabrication...

Your Shopping Cart | Wraith Fabrication (http://wraithfabrication.com/cart)

With a 3k budget..I'd get the above + h+son (tb14)/105 wheel set. Whatever groupo you like. Should be under 3k.
...
12-03-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,577
Posted By edsall78

That's too bad about the B-17.. I'm not sure...

That's too bad about the B-17..

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned..I bought my wife the following saddle (Charge Ladle):
Charge Ladle Cromo Saddle > Components > Saddles and Seatposts >...
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Views: 7,379
Posted By edsall78

I'm also looking for a bike for long distances. ...

I'm also looking for a bike for long distances. I've been researching this for way longer than i care to admit. I'm basically leaning towards the Soma Double-Cross. Aside from being versatile,...
08-21-14, 04:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,377
Posted By edsall78

Another Japanese brand is: Lotus I recall...

Another Japanese brand is: Lotus

I recall looking up the geometry for a 1987 Lotus Excelle and it and the steel tubing were very similar to later RB-1's.

Previous years Excelle's were slightly...
04-10-14, 03:32 PM
Replies: 15,283
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Posted By edsall78

ISO: 700c Wheelset--ideally mid 80's and japanese...

ISO: 700c Wheelset--ideally mid 80's and japanese (ukai, araya, wolbers)

I have front wheel (ukai, shimano 600EX)..

but it's surprisingly difficult finding a rear wheel only for a decent price....
03-31-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15,283
Views: 5,272,923
Posted By edsall78

ISO: I need the rear wheel for a Lotus...

ISO:

I need the rear wheel for a Lotus Classique (1983)--i have the front..but would be willing to buy the wheelset and see if i can sell my front.
Ukai Rim 700c + Shimano 600EX hub


Have:...
03-25-14, 08:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,230
Posted By edsall78

I'd get something from bikesdirect like this: ...

I'd get something from bikesdirect like this:
Save Up to 60% Off Track Bikes | SingleSpeed Bikes | Fixie | Windsor Bikes - The Hour | Save up to 60% off Fixed gear and singlespeed bicycles...
03-19-14, 03:02 PM
Replies: 60,298
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Posted By edsall78

I have this bike..exact model color and size..i...

I have this bike..exact model color and size..i also bought it for my wife. She was a little nervous about the drop-bars and so i put 'porteur' bars on there. Even though it's too small for...
Forum: Touring
02-13-14, 02:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,728
Posted By edsall78

I think what VT_Speed is suggesting makes a lot...

I think what VT_Speed is suggesting makes a lot more sense.

It gets you riding a lot quicker + cheaper too.
Forum: Touring
02-12-14, 06:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,728
Posted By edsall78

How about a karate monkey complete? I don't think...

How about a karate monkey complete? I don't think you need ALL of the versatility of a troll/ogre..this seems like a decent compromise.

Or if that's still outside the price range you can try:
KM...
01-18-14, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,249
Posted By edsall78

After seeing what you did with the 750 (and the...

After seeing what you did with the 750 (and the 950)..I was convinced to try something similar. However, it seems like these 750/790's (1990-1992) are getting harder and harder to find for less than...
01-16-14, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,249
Posted By edsall78

http://blog.peterlombardi.com/index.php/2013/04/fi...

http://blog.peterlombardi.com/index.php/2013/04/finally-a-trek-750-multitrack-update/

I know you are looking for drop bars and, I haven't seen the color...but I've always liked this conversion.
Forum: Northeast
01-06-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,718
Posted By edsall78

718 Cyclery in Gowanus has free wheel building...

718 Cyclery in Gowanus has free wheel building classes..and I think as part of the 2nd class you get to use their tools to put one together. I am pretty sure you don't need to purchase anything from...
01-03-14, 12:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 37,551
Posted By edsall78

I can't imagine spending $1000-1500 on what is...

I can't imagine spending $1000-1500 on what is essentially a commuting/utility bike.

I don't know how much the Allant currently weighs--but, again, I doubt that any of the bikes weigh...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-13, 10:44 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 15,248
Posted By edsall78

I think that you can't really go wrong with any...

I think that you can't really go wrong with any of the bikes -- I suggested just upgrading to brifters because it seems the simplest. As for the Straggler being $1800 (MSRP)..the great thing about...
Forum: Commuting
12-22-13, 12:14 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 15,248
Posted By edsall78

Up the budget slightly and have your shop put a...

Up the budget slightly and have your shop put a set of brifters on the surly cc.or get a straggler.
12-10-13, 01:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 987
Posted By edsall78

http://m.jensonusa.com/Outlet-Panaracer-Pasela-Tir...

http://m.jensonusa.com/Outlet-Panaracer-Pasela-Tire

Consider adding $25 worth of more stuff for the free shipping.
Replies: 20
Views: 7,138
Posted By edsall78

I'm biased--i agree with snydermann that this...

I'm biased--i agree with snydermann that this particular model year for the excelle is really nice. I have the same bike, same size..its relatively light..sport tourish and it takes wide tires. ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By edsall78

1984--in a size 21" ...

1984--in a size 21"

http://www.vintagelotusbicycles.com/site/a802ff7aeca345b8bc2a5c9d590680ad/default?url=http%3A%2F%2Fvintagelotusbicycles.com%2FEclair.php#2664
Replies: 32
Views: 3,606
Posted By edsall78

I would not sell that bike so quickly. ...

I would not sell that bike so quickly.
http://www.vintagelotusbicycles.com/Cinelli_Supreme.html

Let Snydermann chime in first--he's the expert on Lotus. The only thing is that it seems someone...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-13, 05:18 AM
Replies: 293
Views: 62,815
Posted By edsall78

Loose- All of your questions regarding the...

Loose-

All of your questions regarding the BD moto CXX (surly clone) have been asked and answered on the forums before.

The bike shares the same geometry as the current surly cross-x. The semi...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-13, 07:43 PM
Replies: 293
Views: 62,815
Posted By edsall78

What makes you say that the BD bike (CXX) is not...

What makes you say that the BD bike (CXX) is not at all like the crosscheck? There are def. some minor differences..the fork..the top tube cable routing..fewer braze-ons??..but I'm fairly certain...
Replies: 15
Views: 12,309
Posted By edsall78

Is the fork also ishiwata? Looks a little like my...

Is the fork also ishiwata? Looks a little like my 1987 lotus excellent..I think the color is pearlescent.. Just a guess.
07-14-13, 03:58 PM
Replies: 15,283
Views: 5,272,923
Posted By edsall78

For Trade: 700c - Wolber Super Champion T430...

For Trade:
700c - Wolber Super Champion T430 Alpine Wheelset (shimano 105 hubs)--straight; good condition.
Box of tressostar handlebar tape (10 rolls) in black.

ISO:
Nitto Technomic Deluxe ...
Forum: Touring
07-08-13, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 870
Posted By edsall78

Id get a soma doublecross..the frame + fork will...

Id get a soma doublecross..the frame + fork will run you $450-$550..

That said...i doubt you can go wrong with another crosscheck
Forum: Touring
07-07-13, 05:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By edsall78

I'm a big Lotus fan--but even at $40 I'd pass on...

I'm a big Lotus fan--but even at $40 I'd pass on this one; unless you already have a lot of extra parts lying around. Also, it looks like a size 51cm--that's on the smaller side of bike sizing and...
04-17-13, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 826
Posted By edsall78

My daughter is 5..and she weighs about 40##..I...

My daughter is 5..and she weighs about 40##..I use the topeak seat..thls one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000ZKAUE6/ref=mw_dp_mpd?pd=1

I thought it was rated for 48.5lbs ..but I could be...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,589
Posted By edsall78

Whatever you get--I'm sure it'll work fine. I...

Whatever you get--I'm sure it'll work fine. I think they are both fine choices.

However, not to complicate things for you anymore--but since you'll be using this bike for commuting more than...
03-06-13, 06:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,277
Posted By edsall78

I think with a little patience (eBay+ Craigslist)...

I think with a little patience (eBay+ Craigslist) you could get yourself a really nice used bike in that size.
i like 80's Japanese bikes (specifically Lotus, Fuji, etc)--I've seen quite a few xtra...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-13, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 978
Posted By edsall78

If you don't mind biking up to 25th street...

If you don't mind biking up to 25th street between 8th and 9th avenue..the Chelsea Rec center is what I use..it's $150/yr..you can bike there, shower and take it easy heading back downtown.
01-18-13, 07:21 AM
Replies: 60,298
Views: 8,996,013
Posted By edsall78

I have an early lotus legend that is just a tad...

I have an early lotus legend that is just a tad too small--21" or 52cm..this one looks like a 54cm or so. Oh well.
01-17-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 60,298
Views: 8,996,013
Posted By edsall78

I've emailed but have no real way of getting to...

I've emailed but have no real way of getting to Lambertville, NJ--at least not for another week or so. If there are any possible facilitators?, please PM me.

I'm in NYC and can get into NJ during...
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