Just Bought a 1981 Lotus Eclair...


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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
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#1
Well, this bike has to be one of the cleanest I've ever bought on Craigslist. The person I bought it from got it an an estate sale, and he said that this was pretty much the condition it was in. All he did, he said, was wipe it down! Lucky me it was my size frame.

I took my usual quick photos just as a record as I do when I bring a bike home. Tomorrow I'll do my usual polishing and waxing, and if it doesn't rain, a quick ride.

Let me know what you guys think! So far I'm thrilled...

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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
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#3
Very nice photoset.
you need to spend some time on this website - http://www.vintagelotusbicycles.com/
and maybe this one - http://bikeretrogrouch.blogspot.com/2014/01/classic-tubes-tange-and-ishiwata.html


Shimano 600 is a sweetheart, especially the FD - my favorite FD of all time.
they designed lift into the cage, which makes them work extremely well with a cyclotouriste triple
The long cage RD you have there is also fairly rare and desirable - every bit as good as a Campy Rally.
In the Shimano line-up, 600 became Ultegra.

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HARPO

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#4
I actually have a new Shimano 600 Arabesque FD still in the box I bought years ago, along with new 600 brake levers and hoods. Hmmm...time to go through my "new" parts container that I haven't been in in a while.:eek:

Oh, I took the bike for a spin just up and down the block to see how it felt. Besides needing to raise the saddle, it felt very smooth! And to think I hesitated on buying it. o_O

@bulldog1935 thanks for the links!
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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HARPO

I live for the CABE
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#8
Am I one of the only ones who shoots his bikes NOT in front of a white garage door? Of course I have one, but I like a bit of "texture" in my photos. Art Director in me, I guess...:cool: I know @bulldog1935 doesn't either.
 

harpon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 8, 2012
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Jacksonville FL
#9
Am I one of the only ones who shoots his bikes NOT in front of a white garage door? Of course I have one, but I like a bit of "texture" in my photos. Art Director in me, I guess...:cool: I know @bulldog1935 doesn't either.
nope.

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Yeah that original issue Shimano 600 arabesque- NICE! I remember when it first came out
 

HARPO

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#10
I just noticed something missing from the bike...water bottle mounts!!! What the heck were they thinking back then?? I'm not attaching an after-market cage on this beautiful paint (even if I put something under it), so this bike will be relegated to shorter rides. :mad:
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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I just noticed something missing from the bike...water bottle mounts!!! What the heck were they thinking back then?? I'm not attaching an after-market cage on this beautiful paint (even if I put something under it), so this bike will be relegated to shorter rides. :mad:
No bikes came with bottle cage bosses before 1980.
Here are a few choices - I've tried several, and listed these in order of decreasing trickness

My favorite on two bikes, King Cage universal support bolts - look down page
these are stainless hose clamps with a welded stud and aircraft nut - they work much better than the old TA alloy band clamps (or the new VO nickel-plated version of the same),
plus they let you use any bottle cage.
I lined them with strips cut from leftover leather handlebar wrap, but you could also use helicopter tape.
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same thing on my '57 Lenton with cooler Nitto cages
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Klickfix bottle cage mounts-
- plus, how can you not buy from VeloFred?
very secure, any bottle cage, and come with good rubber pads to protect your frame
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my '92 Viner Pro CX didn't come with bosses for anything, not even brake bolt holes, and I got really creative at hanging stuff on it.
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moving down the desirability list, Elite VIP straps aren't very secure, but inexpensive and won't mark your frame.
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these match the period, but that's the only good thing about them - VO cage straps, which copy the old TA style.
They only fit a few bottle cages which have long tabs, which VO doesn't sell - but will fit Zefal and these Novarra
worst thing, they rusted after 2 years
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there are some other options out there, Minoura, etc

I have one of these, not in use, which will probably fit the rails on your kashimax perfectly - it's to hang two water bottle cages behind your saddle - yours if you want it?
 
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harpon

Finally riding a big boys bike
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I got a red aluminum handlebar mount cage from China for 2 dollars or something on ebay a couple years back. Don't have a picture.I was going to try to turn a 16 oz aluminum bottle into an extra light fuel tank for a China Girl motorized build, but changed my mind, and now as you can see- I'm more into electrics.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-C...260745?hash=item33ebbb6c09:g:JOwAAOSwU8hY7c1k

This might be more practical-

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Aluminum-Alloy-Bike-Bicycle-Cycling-Drink-Water-Bottle-Holder-Rack-Cages/332663861052?_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.MBE&ao=2&asc=52475&meid=9a9b250407744f13a74acdee8aba3bbb&pid=100005&rk=5&rkt=12&sd=222998260745&itm=332663861052&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

When I started cycling, handlebar cages were just giving way to frame cages, and my first varsity had the cage on the seat tube cause I just didn't know any better.
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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#13
correct (right up to the part about equating varsity with cycling or being able to make educated choices)
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A simple, smart bottle-shaped handlebar/stem bag solves many problems - have one of these on each bike - one example
Great for automatic drop of keys, wallet and cellphone
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but they also very nicely fit a water bottle or even 25-oz thermos
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or even a longneck
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HARPO

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#15
@harpon I saw Mike Wolfe from American Pickers try out an electric bike a few years back on one of the episodes. He took off like a rocket! It was a new, but vintage looking bike. Not cheap, I'm sure.
 

Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
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International bike shop in Sommerville MA very famous shop here one of my buddies worked there back in 80's. Lotus made some really nice bikes some of their high end models I believe were made by Cinelli.
 

HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
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Floral Park, NY, United States
#18
What a pain getting the Kashimax saddle off! Dumbest seat post saddle holder
I've ever had the displeasure of working on. Practically had to pry off the seat to get the bolts off.
The detailing is coming along quite nicely, though. I've removed the pedal clips (never use them) and stored them away safely with the saddle. I think I have another Body Geometry saddle left, so that might appear on it.

Anyway, having fun with such a clean bike that I'm making even cleaner! :D

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66TigerCat

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International bike shop in Sommerville MA very famous shop here one of my buddies worked there back in 80's. Lotus made some really nice bikes some of their high end models I believe were made by Cinelli.
International was in Allston, I used to live down the street from it. They closed a few years ago. You may be thinking of Wheelworks in Somerville.
 

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