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Help me decide!!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by bianco, 24 Nov 2007.

  1. bianco

    bianco New Member

    Hi guys

    Just bought an old Carlton Pro-Am 12 (1979) off of ebay for £55, its a reynold 531 frame and fork, with downtube gears etc..

    I got it home last night and the bb had seized so I proceded to remove the cranks and the left one stripped the thread(cheapo raleigh cranks). Fair enough I thought, I'll have to get a new bb.

    I'm now in 3 minds

    a) Sell the frame on ebay and label it properly and get my money back

    :sad: Use it with gears as origonally bought for, build new wheels, buy new chainset, chain, freewheel, down tube shifters etc.. Make it my Summer best bike after a couple of months of renovation

    c) Used it as fixed gear, and convert my peugeot fixed gear into my geared bike.

    I'm thinking more C because the peugeot is in slightly better nick and has got a rear mech hanger, unlike the Carlton which has to have the mech connected to the quick release and comes off with the wheel.

    Any other suggestions welcome.

  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    option b with the caveat i) it'll cost more than a half decent new alu bike and ii) you should get rid of the downtube shifters and get sti/ergo shifters instead, unless you really prefer downtubers (i have a mate that does).
  3. bianco

    bianco New Member

    Well, the reason I was going for downtube shifters is that I have 120mm rear spacing, that leaves me with the option of 5 speed, do they do 5 speed STI's?


  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    So, presumably it came with a bottom bracket which is now f**ked, but the frame itself is still ok?
    Anyhow, (a). You might get more.
  5. bianco

    bianco New Member

    I've decided, I'm gonna build it up to be a proper fixed gear, chainline perfect, new paint job etc...

    I'm just having a problem finding some decent dual pivot nut fittong shortish reach brakes.

    I've got some alhongas(long reach) if somebody wants to swap.


  6. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    psst don't tell bonj, you'll get him started :sad: