Today’s Readers’ Rig machine is possibly a record breaker for this column. No it’s not the fastest, not the prettiest and certainly not the lightest machine we’ve had featured. This Lotus Supreme is quite possibly the longest owned rig being bought by owner Mario way back in 1985 and ridden almost daily since. Mario’s Rig in its original livery in the 1980’sName: Mario ManapsalLocation: Bristow, VA USABike: Lotus Supreme SLGroupset:Dura Ace 7800 10 SpeedWheels:Ultegra 6600 with Continental Gatorskin 700x28cPedals: Shimano SPDSaddle:Vintage Selle Marco Rolls SaddleWeight: Approximately 25 pounds plus 5-7 lbs. of commuting equipment.When did you buy it?I bought the bike in the spring of 1985 from Proteus Bicycle. It was hanging on the ceiling and I asked the gentleman behind the counter if I could test ride it. I took it for a spin and 36 years later we are still rolling together. What made you choose this bike?Kabuci is her name. She is real as steel. It is made of Italian Columbus SL steel with chrome plating and handcrafted in Japan by legendary Tsunoda. What modifications/additions have you done?I replaced the original Campagnolo Super Record 6/7 speed group set with a more modern Shimano Dura Ace. Its not quite aero, but shifts very precisely like a dream. The Vintage Selle Marco Rolls saddle is the only remaining original equipment other than the frame. I acquired a used Ultegra 6660 wheelset and installed Continental Gatorskin with 700x28c tires. The frame is powdered coated and painted Safety Orange for commuting…
Source: Cycling – Pez Cycling