Loopybike quick £100 Carlton build

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by loopybike, 21 Feb 2018.

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    loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    Meanwhile I'd cleaned up all the removed parts in, erm, the dishwasher. Now I've been caught by the Mrs before using the dishwasher and I didn't want to be caught again!
    Just as the cycle finished ( max temp mode) I heard her car pull up on the drive. I've never been able to juggle before, but when I rushed to take out the two calliper and derallier I soon learnt! God they were hot! Lol clean though :smile:
     
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    The local bicycle shop provided some proper quality brake blocks. £7
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  3. midlife

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    Starting to come together :smile:. Where did the £55 wheels come from?
     
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    Off eBay from baldwins-cycles-ltd

    27" by 1 1/4" front and rear
     
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    Next on the list was new cables throughout. £11.75
    Then a new chain £4.00. I ordered a black chain but when it arrived I had been sent a black and silver one. I was so please they'd got it wrong because I really like it! Lol
    I also ordered some cheap black pedels. I can't ride with toe clips and cleats just scare me so I went for flat ones. I think they're BMX ones. £7.00 I know they're wrong but I like them :smile:

    So now I'm at .....er.....oh I've gone over the £100! Ah well it's only money!
     
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    Let's talk about those handle bars. Obviously it would originally had dropped bars. One of the reasons I chose this bike was because it didn't have them! I really hate dropped bars. I want to be looking around me, where I'm going, over hedges, etc. Not staring at the floor straining my neck to see ahead. I don't cycle for speed ( I drive a volvo estate for God's sake! Lol ). So the bars are staying :smile:
    I even love the fact that the original brake levers are being used! They kind of flow with the bars!
    So wrong but so right ( for me!) 20180215_120941.jpg
     
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    So there we have it. A perfectly presentable, if not original, bicycle. 20180215_084520.jpg

    Not particularly unique though is it?

    And I like unique! ........
     
  8. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    just up the road from me baldwins, cheap too
     
  9. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    I dunno those handlebars at that angle look pretty 'unique' to me (or mid 70s at least)
     
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  10. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    Wooden mind a ferret around in yr shed ... by refurbing the bike are you avoiding finishing off the TR? And what's the alloy body with the Minilite-looking wheels. This may be an entry for the "Show us your shed" thread.
     
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  11. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    I reckon you've come up with a pretty good looking piece of kit. Too nice for a pub bike
     
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    loopybike Über Member

    My day job is building and repairing aluminium bodies for vintage cars. The TR restoration is a favour for a terminally ill friend. The aluminium car in the background is a Cooper Bobtail, waiting for the customer to collect.
     
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    This bike still needs a few things.
    I live in Telford where there are lots of cycle paths. Due to the popularity of them a bell is necessary ( isobelle necessary on a bike? Lol) so I've ordered a nice big chrome Dutch "ding dong" one :smile:
    It needs lights too. I've sourced a rear, still hunting for a suitable front.

    The other thing it needs is mudgaurds. Now I have been known to go over the top with them in the past.....you may remember this bike
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    Another Carlton funnily enough .

    But I fancy something a bit more subtle this time!


    And no, I will not be buying them. Where's the fun in that?!
     
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  14. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    love the guards on this one

    and well done re the build , you ought to get some alloy flat bars
     
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    loopybike

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    Yeah someone made me an offer I really couldn't refuse on that one. It ended up featured in a German magazine!
     
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