My first bike as an adult was this Lotus Eclair. After agreeing to start riding and training for a tour, I purchased this from Rob Folkes of East Providence Cycles for what was to me , the whopping sum of about $400 if I remember right. I remember Rob selling and fitting the bike to me himself, I had never had such service and attention before. Who knew a bicycle could be “tailored” to fit and feel better ?
This was a great bike for me and provided many years of service. It had downtube shifters and a 21 speed drivetrain and was like giving an RV motorhome to someone so they could learn to drive. With a little practice and a really dorky Bell helmet I was good to go.
It is in no small part due to Rob that I stuck with riding and touring. Had I been on the wrong bike or one that was not set up for me, I may have decided that this touring stuff was for the birds. The addition of some Rhode Gear panniers and some basic camping gear and the road awaited.