AGE / VALUE:   Lotus Elan 75 posted by: Chato on 3/20/2007 at 7:00:03 PM
Hello, I've purchased a 1986 (?) Lotus Elan 75 Anniversary Edition bike complete with Suntour Superbe and Sugino components and I'm trying to learn some more information about the bike. The brake calipers, front derailler, pedals and the double crankset are Sugino 75. The chainring, pedals, and brake levers are carbon fiber. The headset, rear derailler and friction shifters are Suntour Superbe. The bars are black nitto bars and the stem is a black Nitto pearl stem which i've never seen before. The seatpost is Suntour and the saddle is an Avocet. The wheelset is Mavic (not sure whether this came stock on the bike). Thanks.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Lotus Elan 75 posted by John E on 3/21/2007 at 10:52:20 AM
Black components from the mid 1980s are black-anodized aluminum, not carbon fiber. You have a very respectable road bike, complete with a good frame and high-end components -- congratulations!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Lotus Elan 75 posted by Warren on 3/21/2007 at 5:02:50 PM
Beautiful. All you need to go fast and far. Love a Pearl stem.

AGE / VALUE:   Browning bicycle posted by: Gene Kelly on 3/20/2007 at 5:16:01 PM
Anyone have any interest or know anything about a girls real clean browning bike? Badge says made in japan.This bike is to nice for me to junk.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Browning bicycle posted by Warren on 3/21/2007 at 5:01:05 PM
Surprising because Brownings were made in Belgium in the early 70's. I used to have one. Take pics, describe parts...need a crystal ball and tarot cards to tell more.

MISC:   suntour speedcrest??? posted by: Amy on 3/20/2007 at 2:46:53 PM
I just bought a Suntour bike. I'm not sure how old it is or when it is from. Has anyone heard of this type of bike? Maybe I should just take it and have it looked at. I don't think the gears are shifting properly.
thanks for any info!

   RE:MISC:   suntour speedcrest??? posted by David on 3/20/2007 at 3:55:41 PM
Suntour was a mfr of bicycle components, not whole bikes. It seems unlikely yours is actually Suntour brand (but you never know!) If it seems like the bike might be useful to you, definitely get it tuned up and start riding.

AGE / VALUE:   Centurion Le Mans posted by: Oz on 3/19/2007 at 10:49:14 PM
12 speed Centurion Le Mans posted by: Oz on 2/21/2007 at 8:41:49 PM
I have a 12 speed Centurion Le Mans 18" TANGE NO. 2 frame, Serial # N7S5062, with high pressure 26"x1" wheels, I believe it's a late 1980's model due to the wild factory paint(white fork & headset then some kind of pink and then white bottom part of seat stay and end of chain stay, including rear dropout). Handle bar has 2 stamps with "WIN KUSUKI" on one side, SHIMANO EXAGE SPORT side pull brakes, SHIMANO SIS EXAGE Derraileurs, ARAYA 26" rims, SHIMANO 105 (CLOSE) quick release hubs, SHIMANO EXAGE cranks with SHIMANO EXAGE one piece pedal toeclip,SHIMANO SIS BIOSPACE 52 & 42 sprockets, SUGINO seat post. Does anyone know the value of this bicycle?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centurion Le Mans posted by David on 3/20/2007 at 10:15:08 AM
You'll have a hard time finding a buyer. Ebay will tell you how much it's worth.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Centurion Le Mans posted by Gralyn on 3/20/2007 at 1:22:04 PM
Yes, search up the completed listings on e-bay for an idea. But, if it has an 18" frame......that's pretty tiny. I didn't know they made one that small. I assumed from that era they were 19", 21", 23", 25".

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Centurion Le Mans posted by John E on 3/21/2007 at 10:54:43 AM
That's a new one on me, as well. The smallest Centurion Le Mans model I have seen had 27" wheels and a 19" frame, but my information is from 1974.

AGE / VALUE:   Bike Rackl posted by: john on 3/17/2007 at 7:42:16 AM
Anybody have any experience with a XPORT Flatbed 4-Bike Hitch Rack? I ride a world sport, my wife has a mixte frame Shogun, and my daughter has a GT mountain bike(I can't talk her out of it!) I like the rack because it looks like you just drop the wheels into the holders and rachet down the clamp. My question is, how would this clamp work on the down angled top tubes on the women's bikes? Seems it would work great on the horzontal top tube of my bike, but would just slide down on the womens. And the mixte frame is another consideration. We currently load them in the back of a pickup which is a real pain climbing in and out not to mention tying them down to avoid damage. The nearest shop that carries these racks is about 100 miles away roundtrip, so I would appreciate any comments before I make an inspection trip. Thankx. john