Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:39 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 24 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:23 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:58 pm
Posts: 19
Location: Nottingham
Hi. I have just bought a Carlton, which I Believe to be mid to late 50's. Frame number F2696 with the frame number and the Nervex lug numbers on the underside of the frame beneath the downtube. The problem is the orignal transfers have virtually worn off so I can't tell which model it is.

Are there any Carlton experts around here who can help???

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:03 pm 
rBoTM Winner
rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:48 pm
Posts: 455
Location: N. Herts
Hi, I would take a guess at mid sixties, as the wrapover stay and centrepull rear hanger came in about then. The top end carlton serial numbers did go a bit strange in the late sixties, which would explain the 'F' prefix. As for the model you need some catalogs from that era, there is carlton bike close to your example at http://old_school_cycles.tripod.com/id4.html Thanks Terry


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:20 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue May 11, 2010 4:13 pm
Posts: 636
Location: Scarborough
Were Carlton still custom building bikes then? I was thinking that rather than being a catalogued model, it might be a one off...

It looks cracking btw :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:54 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:30 pm
Posts: 413
Location: Leighton Buzzard
The rear ends makes it look later with the all in one mech hanger. I'm no expert but most bikes of that genré made in the fifties had long ends with bolt on mech hangers.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:05 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:30 pm
Posts: 413
Location: Leighton Buzzard
More info.
An F prefix would suggest 1957/1958. However it has a Worksop headbadge and that dates it to after 1962'ish. Then different numbering came into use and and frames with an F prefix are estimated to be 1970/1971.

Like I say I'm no expert, but I was trying to find out the age of my Claud as that had many discrepancies.

There is a good Carlton website BTW.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:29 pm 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 2450
Location: Plymouth, UK
Around 1971 Prime de Course I suspect... great looking machine. The Nervex head lugs in chrome is very classy.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:51 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:58 pm
Posts: 19
Location: Nottingham
Thanks for the replies. I'm a bit more clued up anda bit more confused at the same time. I have found the Carlton website which is brill but the chap has stopped running it now so I can't pick his expert brain for an actual model.

Seems like it might be more like a 60's bike then. Maybe it was a custom build? Hmmm. I'll keep digging as I'd love to find out a bit more so I can get the right transfers for it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:52 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:07 pm
Posts: 1324
Location: Cotswolds
The headset looks like raleigh to me.
Also the cheap hollow wrapover seat cluster is a type Carlton did on a number of raleighs.
Are the bottom bracket and fork column 26 tpi? (raleigh own thread)
Campagnolo fork ends were commonly fitted from the mid 1950's.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:20 pm 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 2450
Location: Plymouth, UK
keithglos wrote:
The headset looks like raleigh to me.
Also the cheap hollow wrapover seat cluster is a type Carlton did on a number of raleighs.
Are the bottom bracket and fork column 26 tpi? (raleigh own thread)
Campagnolo fork ends were commonly fitted from the mid 1950's.


You are totally wrong my friend, I also resent the cheap wrap over nonsense as someone who appreciates the Carlton mark you are talking out of your arse.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:23 pm 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:41 pm
Posts: 2450
Location: Plymouth, UK
After digging around Im now pretty sure this is a 1971 Contre La Montre. So my initial guess was wrong. In my view a top notch cycle, fantastic detailing and quality - still very much a Carlton... Nothing cheap or nasty about this machine.

I look forward to seeing more images - please! :)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 24 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: bagpuss, keithglos, kvs766, maynardlawrence, mr_gumby and 43 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group