Anyone have a 1984-85 Excelle or Unique they want to sell?
I bought my Excelle in the fall of 1984, after having walked all summer to a job that was 7 miles from my apartment, I walked over a thousand miles, but I had enough left over after paying my tuition to buy a bike. It was the first nice thing I'd really bought myself.
I rode it like crazy, later gave it away to a brother, and years later and two further road bikes on (Trek 2100 and Giant), I realized how much better the Lotus was. I got it back, he practically never rode it, and was going to rebuild it with either Dura Ace or Ultegra if they fit...and the frame got shipped to Togo, Africa by mistake.
It isn't coming back...
But, my wife found me a brand new in-box-never-opened 1984 Classique for my 50th birthday! She located it, from word of mouth after hearing from a bike mechanic who is only in his 20's, about a guy who might have a stash of these bikes. He did.
It is absolutely beautiful....just waiting to be assembled...I'll write a book about it some day, The Old Man and The Bike.
Pat said:November 18, 2012 4:12 am PST
I bought my Lotus Excelle in Schenectady in 1984. It is burgundy and has all its original parts.
I rode it regularly for about ten years and then put it into the attic. I was told it was a racing bike but I now see from your website that its a road (touring?) bike.
I was always proud of it.
Glad to have run across your site.
Joe Dobson said:September 27, 2012 11:22 am PST
Fabulous site. I am excited I found it. I have owned a 1984 Lotus Eclair since College and am still using it as my primary bicycle. Will be bicycling across the US on it for my 50th mid-life crisis tour next year. I will send pics.