'Carlton' bike

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'Carlton' bike

Postby Crowz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:05 pm

Does anyone know much about the Carlton brand?
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by BNA » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:16 pm

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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby rkelsen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:16 pm

Carltons were high end racing bikes. They were hand made in a factory located in a place in Nottinghamshire called Worksop. The company was taken over by TI Raleigh in 1960, and the factory ran until 1980 when they closed it down. Production of Carltons continued, but was done at the Raleigh factory.

There is a stack more info on the net. Do you have one? Poor form to not post a picture if you do... :)

Edit: Some websites about Carltons:

http://oldschoolbicycles.com/id4.html
http://www.carltoncycles.me.uk/details.htm
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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby Crowz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:38 pm

rkelsen wrote:Carltons were high end racing bikes. They were hand made in a factory located in a place in Nottinghamshire called Worksop. The company was taken over by TI Raleigh in 1960, and the factory ran until 1980 when they closed it down. Production of Carltons continued, but was done at the Raleigh factory.

There is a stack more info on the net. Do you have one? Poor form to not post a picture if you do... :)

Edit: Some websites about Carltons:

http://oldschoolbicycles.com/id4.html
http://www.carltoncycles.me.uk/details.htm


My mates dad has one which is still used regularly, looks pretty sweet. My new found love of old bikes had me intrigued. Thanks for your help!
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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby Baldy » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:42 pm

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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby Crowz » Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:15 am

Baldy wrote:http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2012/09/25/1226480/675022-rebecca-judd.jpg


I don't recall the curves looking that good, might need to have another look next time I'm over there.
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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby Saro28 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:26 am

Roger Rabbit has a beauty, Flyer road, and I have a Flyer track frame set awaiting my time :(
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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby jonbays » Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:51 pm

Carlton was a brand with real racing heritage and the Worksop handbuilt racing bikes were some of the finest British made bikes you could get. Not all Carltons are that special though. After being acquired by Raleigh the brand appeared on a whole range of bikes. I have a late 70's Carlton Corsair made from Reynolds 501 tubing with stamped ends that is nice but not great. There were a lot of Carlton badged Raleigh's out here in Australia too. I have seen a number of Raleigh 1020 tubed Crespera lugged frames with the classic wraparound seat stay badged as carlton but Nottingham Raleigh built with Raleigh bottom bracket and fork threading. They are still nice looking frames but equivalent to the Raleigh Europa or Grand Prix in quality ie mass market low end. The older 60's Carltons with the Capella and Curly lugs are the ones to get hold of and keep.
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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:16 am

more information at the Classic Lightweights site and images in the Readers Bikes section
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Re: 'Carlton' bike

Postby blkmcs » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:00 pm

Too old to live, too slow to die.
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