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1980s Lotus America

Bike tags: Commuter | Lotus America Tange 5 SKS Panaracer
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58cm Tange Champion 5 frame

Steel handlebars taken from a Huffy / Jun stem

Hi-Ten fork / Tange headset

Sanshin Hub / 700c Araya aluminum rim / 700x32 Panaracer Pasela

Sanshin Hub / 700c Araya aluminum rim / 700x32 Panaracer Pasela

Sakae SX double

Wrights W3N saddle / SR laprade seat post

MKS touring / KMX z-chain

Suntour bar end shifters / Sutour VX RD / Shimano 600 FD

Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpull / New Shimano brake levers

Minoura handlebar bottle adapter / Planet bike fenders with homemade mud flap / Bontrager back rack II

This is my work commuter / errand bike. It gets ridden to work 5days a week and I do most of my shopping with it. This bike has a very very nice ride quality, I am assuming the wide tires help that. Something about it just seems to glide with very little effort.

I have changed a few parts and made some updates for comfort and function. Still love this bike.

People who friended this bike van, cobrabyte, garas, swardenh, Crank Pedaler, IdahoKid, analogkid71, the fumingator, campystamp, axe_somebody

tips for restoration

Hey man, awesome awesome job! I'm planing on restoring an old Peugeot for a grocery getter. can you give me any tips? what did you use to get it so damn shinny?!?!

how much did that cost you to restore (rough estimate)?


I will message you the specifics about cleaning and such. This bike did not cost much to put together because I had most of the parts on hand. I probably have about 100 dollars give or take, that includes new tires and tubes, lined cable housing, stainless cables, the price of the bike and new shimano brake levers.

nice rebuild

Good job reworking a oldster into something smart and snappy. "Sensitive restoration," as they say.

Thank you

Thank you.... I wish it was still as clean as the photos!

The mark of a working bike

It means it's being used. By the way, like the period (or faux-period) water-bottle cage -- nice touch.

looks comfortable!

looks comfortable!

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