Old Carlton Race Bike...Advice Pls...updated, bought dawes response

jay clock

Massive member
Location
Hampshire UK
decent quality back in the day. Maybe part of Raleigh?

Things I would not like are those brakes (hydraulic discs are 20x better for mucky winter rides in my view) and the big chainrings.
 

dave r

Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner
decent quality back in the day. Maybe part of Raleigh?

Things I would not like are those brakes (hydraulic discs are 20x better for mucky winter rides in my view) and the big chainrings.
oh, and the suicide brake levers, would not recommend either
Its looks a cracking vintage bike, 52/42 was the usual on the front in those days, they look like Weinman centre pull brakes, good brakes back then, but like you I'm no fan of suicide levers, I used to take them of if a bike of mine had them.
 
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midlife

Guru
Looks like a later Carlton Grand Prix. Tru Wel tubing with the frame used on a variety of models. Some bits have been changed but looks in good nick.
 

Poacher

Gravitationally challenged member
Location
Nottingham
Looks decent, but overpriced IMHO. How about this one?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ORBIT-GOLD-MEDAL/114430279651?hash=item1aa4937fe3:g:kKgAAOSwAsRfLpQM

<Makes mental note to check map - is Camberley anywhere near Colchester?>
 

rrarider

Über Member
Location
Liverpool
I think it is a quite good, but not top, quality bike. The Orbit is better. I don't know what represents a fair price in the current pandemic times. The Carlton has no mudguards, which really makes it unsuitable for winter use, even if the road surface is just damp. I've put my good quality bike without mudguards away for the winter for that reason. I rode a bike of similar quality to the Carlton when the weather was bad and it was OK, apart from the suicide brake levers. They really ought to be taken off and thrown away; I often had to resort to the back of the 220 bus as the brake of last resort.
 
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