Carlton Continental c1972

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
This was my very first proper bike, I got this second hand way back in 1976. I still have it today, although its just entered the works for a full clean and service.

I took these pictures a few years ago. Its equipped with 12-speed set up, 32 tooth rear sprocket and a mega-range rear mech (I used to use this for commuting - Plymouth has tons of hills!)

Frame is 21" and uses (then) Weinmann 730 brakes, but I have since fitted some old GB Syncron (a sort of sidepull/centre pull hybrid developed by GB and Altenburger), Ofmega 42/52 front chainwheels and the obligatory Brooks B17 saddle.
Ive fitted this one out with an old Pleischer alloy rack and a superb Miller Dynamo with twin bulb headlamp. I use LED back up too.

Im hoping to get this one back on the road later this year and may cover the refurb in a new thread if people dont mind seeing yet another Carlton in my workshop.

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Shimano 600 levers
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Not for the purist, it woks very well indeed though.
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Crepera lugs and the famous headbadge...
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gbb

Legendary Member
Location
Peterborough
It looks in good nick Spokesmann.
I used to have one maybe 15 years ago...a good solid bike that did me for commuting for a few years, nowhere near as nice condition as yours, but rock solid anyway.
Seem to remember mine was a pale brown / copper colour.
531 ? Cant remember whether it was ? Gave it away in the end...wish i'd kept it now.

Nice bike anyway...
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
It looks in good nick Spokesmann.
I used to have one maybe 15 years ago...a good solid bike that did me for commuting for a few years, nowhere near as nice condition as yours, but rock solid anyway.
Seem to remember mine was a pale brown / copper colour.
531 ? Cant remember whether it was ? Gave it away in the end...wish i'd kept it now.

Nice bike anyway...
The Continental was just the entry level Carlton back in the 1970s, bog standard Tru-wel frame I think, but still reasonably put together for a low end machine.
 

stevevw

Guru
Location
Herts
Mike
I think you are single handedly boosting the ebay price of old Carlton’s. I know the ones and the GB parts I have been trying to get have been going for more money than they should be or I can afford. ;)
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
Mike
I think you are single handedly boosting the ebay price of old Carlton’s. I know the ones and the GB parts I have been trying to get have been going for more money than they should be or I can afford. ;)
Oops sorry


Just keeping the Carlton image burnished!

There are still bargains out there... like a certain Constellation Ive got for £70.
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
This bike entered the works today for a full overhaul and clean:

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Chain is 'caked'!
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Need a couple of new tyres and the back wheel truing up. A couple of new B block is all that is required oh and plenty of degreaser and elbow work!
 
I think it looks superb already. Your comments on the hills of Plymouth took me back to my youth when my friend and I used to scale them with pride when we were able to do so without getting out of the saddle. My boyhood pal had a fully chrome-plated Carlton, and boy did I envy him.
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
I think it looks superb already. Your comments on the hills of Plymouth took me back to my youth when my friend and I used to scale them with pride when we were able to do so without getting out of the saddle. My boyhood pal had a fully chrome-plated Carlton, and boy did I envy him.
Chrome - a Carlton speciality!
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Baggy

Cake connoisseur
Chrome - a Carlton speciality!
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<Monty Python> Chrome, chrome, chrome, luvverly chrome!</Monty Python>

There is a chrome one (with the thin blue paint) on ebay at the moment, along with a bronze Corsa that's in fantastic condition. Luckily,both too big for me :sad:
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
<Monty Python> Chrome, chrome, chrome, luvverly chrome!</Monty Python>

There is a chrome one (with the thin blue paint) on ebay at the moment, along with a bronze Corsa that's in fantastic condition. Luckily,both too big for me :sad:
Ive seen them, the Bronze Corsa always seemed to be less common to me.
 
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
<Monty Python> Chrome, chrome, chrome, luvverly chrome!</Monty Python>

There is a chrome one (with the thin blue paint) on ebay at the moment, along with a bronze Corsa that's in fantastic condition. Luckily,both too big for me :sad:
A Bronze Corsa I saw on evilbay a year or so ago... Un-ridden and with all the new tags and guarantee details....
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Spokesmann

Spokesmann

Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...
Location
Plymouth, Devon
Done a little more cleaning and general tidying to the cycle over the weekend.

This bike has been in my possession since I was 12-13 so its very precious to me.

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Rear wheel needs a little truing. Note the 32 tooth 6-speed block.

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Front wheel is original, I love large flange hubs. Being cleaned!

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A view of the asymmetrical brake. A badge engineered job for GB, these were made by Altenburger in Germany. I have only ever seen them fitted to one other bike and that was a Sun Squadra of the early 1970s. They work very well and are much better than the Weinmann 730 that came with the bike.

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The Shimano 600 levers, the right lever is both SIS and friction and can be set to either.

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Fork crown looking cleaner.

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Rear brake and Miller dynamo which run the front lamp and also the rear built -light on the SKS mudgaurds.

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Worn but clean now, front changer is a Shimano 600.

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