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No longer new, 36 year old Carlton, still on the top-line.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by George J, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    No longer new, my 36 year old Carlton, still on the top-line.

    First two photographs on my FLICKR page.

    This old cycle still amazes me. It will outlast me. They used to make stuff to outlast a lifetime in the day.

    But it makes me a better cyclist than I would otherwise be, so is life enhancing for all that.


    Best wishes from George
  2. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    Shes a beauty!
  3. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Dear David,

    The nice thing is that the old thing is daily rider.

    Not a precious shelf-queen, but a robust machine that goes well with only weekly TLC.

    Currently needs a new freewheel and chain, [I did the brake pads this week], but still running nicely. SJS Cycles still sell good 5, 6 and 7 speed [IRD] freewheels, and seven speed Shimano chain is not expensive.Nobody has placed a spanner or Allen key on the fine old lady except me for more than a decade, and truth to tell is that setting up Campag bearings is easy with some sympathy for the machine ...

    Best wishes from George
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  4. 2ManyBoxes

    2ManyBoxes pfm Member

    Nice Brooks.
  5. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Will need re-riveting before long!
  6. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    I remember you waxing eloquently on the Naim forum a few years ago. I paid particular attention because I live in the next village to Carlton in Lindrick where the first models were made, before production moved to the Raleigh factory in Nottingham.
    Sincerely glad it still gives you pleasure, George.
  7. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Thought Vauxhall from the thread title...
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  8. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    This Carlton will last way longer than any of those rust buckets.
  9. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Maybe as long as my mid 70's Pennine road bike (road bike!?? It's RACER!)
  10. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Tis but a whippersnapper where bikes are concerned.
  11. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    I must admit Lotus Carlton was my first thought! I’m guessing there must be a few still kicking around.
  12. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I just sold my Tour de France replica - it's the 40th anniversay this year of Zoetemelk's victory for Team Raleigh. It was the Carlton lads who set up the SBDU in Ilkeston in the mid 70s making high end racing frames

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