Love this site!
I worked summers in the early 80s in a shop that sold Lotus bikes. I bought a Lotus Competition that was my most prized possession for years, until I gave up riding for supposedly more important "grown-up" things.
I finally got back to riding 2 years ago, and after getting back into shape on a Fuji Espree touring bike, finally dusted off the Lotus last month. What a joy! Fellow riders laugh at my "vintage" bike, but I still love it.
Thanks for these pages, to help take me back to that time.
Frank STainton said:November 4, 2013 7:42 pm PST
Hi! Just bought, today, a red 84-85 Challenger mixte from a guy in Souderton, PA. I'm not sure, but you may have viewed this bike. Anyway, I had been looking for a beautiful Mixte for a while. When I saw her on CL, I had warm fuzzies right away. One quick ride and I knew we were made for each other. I'll be adding pics and SN info soon. Love the site and helpful links. Good work!
Vince said:October 28, 2013 7:27 pm PST
Just found your site after helping my son change the tires (original, I think!) on a bike he got free from an older couple in the neighborhood. With your charts, was able to determine it is an '84 or '85 challenger, though in a lavender color, one I have not seen listed anywhere. How do I submit a picture?
Gary Tolbert said:September 27, 2013 8:01 pm PST
Great site! I have a 1982 Competition that I am geting ready to ride again. It wont be all original but as long as it makes it back on the road thats all that matters:)
jim said:August 27, 2013 6:25 am PST
my son has a Lotus Odyssey, 18 speed touring road bike (which has the cantilever brakes, brazed on fittings for racks) serial number YGC0832. Unfortunately, I swapped out the original wheels for other ones, one from a Viscount (sealed bearings) and the other one I built up many years ago. He also has a Lotus mountain bike as well. This is a Pro Series 300M model, all original as far as I can tell except for tires.
Thanks. great website.