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1984 Lotus Unique-what's it worth, please?

Old 06-10-21, 08:20 AM
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1984 Lotus Unique-what's it worth, please?

I picked this up this past weekend from the original owner. He also included the owner's manual and original sales receipt. I changed (but I'm still keeping) the original Dia Compe brake levers. I also replaced the cables and tires. The color of this bike is actually more lavender, but it shows up blue in the photos.










If anyone has questions about other components, feel free to ask and I'll answer them to the best of my ability.
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Old 06-10-21, 01:44 PM
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Beautiful Bike. I have one in almost the same condition I put up for sale for $275 with
no takers. I completely replaced and regreased all the bearings in mine.
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The stem is pretty high and the seat very low and I do see some rust have you had chance to check if the stem and seat post are seized stuck. If every thing is good and you get the surface rust treated nicely cleaned up serviced ready ride I would say $250 or so.
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The stem is pretty high and the seat very low and I do see some rust have you had chance to check if the stem and seat post are seized stuck. If every thing is good and you get the surface rust treated nicely cleaned up serviced ready ride I would say $250 or so.
I know the seat post isn't stuck because I put the seat that low. Truth is, if I raise the seat I have trouble riding it. I haven't checked the stem yet. I will make sure it isn't stuck but I'm going to leave it where it is because the less I'm bent over, the more my back likes it.
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Beautiful Bike. I have one in almost the same condition I put up for sale for $275 with
no takers. I completely replaced and regreased all the bearings in mine.
Yours looks really nice too. Do your hubs have sealed bearings?
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Yours looks really nice too. Do your hubs have sealed bearings?
Yes they do
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Yours looks really nice too. Do your hubs have sealed bearings?
Other than slight wear to the top tube decals mine is perfect and at 56 cm would probably fit you better
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Other than slight wear to the top tube decals mine is perfect and at 56 cm would probably fit you better
I think you're right. Mine has a 24 inch seat tube.
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I know the seat post isn't stuck because I put the seat that low. Truth is, if I raise the seat I have trouble riding it. I haven't checked the stem yet. I will make sure it isn't stuck but I'm going to leave it where it is because the less I'm bent over, the more my back likes it.
If this is the case to be honest IMHO the bike is just to big for you this one is a 24inch frame with a fairly long top line and wheel base pretty much the biggest size for mass produced bikes when it was made.
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If this is the case to be honest IMHO the bike is just to big for you this one is a 24inch frame with a fairly long top line and wheel base pretty much the biggest size for mass produced bikes when it was made.
It's true that this bike is a little too big for me, but I can't deny that it's also the most comfortable bike I've tried this year. I'm not a big time rider, I just cruise the streets in my neighborhood. Weather permitting, I do five miles twice a day. In addition to the added comfort, my average speed over those five miles has increased from less than 12mph to 12.6 to 12.7mph. I hope to reach an average of 13+mph before summer ends.
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Excellent example of an 80's era hand made Japanese bike. I wouldn't take less than $300 for it. As a matter of fact, the frame alone is worth about $300. Be good. Have fun.
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All I have to add is that I love that lavender color. I would buy the bike just on that fact alone.
If you're just using it for recreational riding, may I suggest considering ditching the drop bars for a more upright bar?
I got a pair of Albatross bars from Rivendell a few years ago and don't think I'll be going back to drops.
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