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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 11:56 pm 
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Hi All,

I've an entirely original Carlton Pro Am for about 1980.

It even has the original mudguards & wheels.

Since I've just about finished my other 'projects'. I'll soon be turning my attentions to the Carlton.

All it really needs, is a damn good clean - and then, to be used.

However, both front and rear wheels have broken spokes; should I (to keep it 'original') have the wheels re-built, or should I get some 'better' wheels second hand - such as Mavic Open Sport/Pro ?

The current wheels which are original (700c) look nothing special; I'm not sure whether they are worth re-building - what would you do ?
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 12:46 am 
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My vote would be for rebuilding the originals or a pair of period correct replacements second hand. Open Sport/Pros would look all wrong.

Mark.


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 9:41 am 
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Ive a pair of originals going unused. Solid but need a clean, infact a have 90% of the Prom Am being unused! :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:14 am 
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daccordimark wrote:
My vote would be for rebuilding the originals.


Cheers for the reply, Mark !

How much do you reckon it might cost to get the wheels rebuilt ?

Spokesmann wrote:
Ive a pair of originals going unused. Solid but need a clean, infact a have 90% of the Prom Am being unused! :lol:


I know exactly how you feel !

I can see myself getting 'sucked in' to spending a modest amount of time & money on this bike.

I've built up a few frames into decent, roadworthy bikes over the last few years. Too be honest, I probably enjoy hunting for parts & getting the bikes up & running, more than I do riding them. In fact, as soon as they become roadworthy, I seem to lose interest in them.

And so, I acquire yet another frame.

Anyone else find this to be true ?


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:37 am 
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well when you get fed up of that SBDU Raleigh...


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:28 am 
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kula wrote:
well when you get fed up of that SBDU Raleigh...


. . . . . . . I'll send it your way.

:D :D


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:58 pm 
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Spokesmann wrote:
Ive a pair of originals going unused. Solid but need a clean, infact a have 90% of the Prom Am being unused! :lol:


Have you ever ridden a Pro Am ?

What are the Carlton Pro Ams like to use ? I've mentally classified it as a sort of poor man's Dawes Galaxy, rather more a tourer than a pure racer.

I've never been on my Pro Am.


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Its not really a tourer as there are no mudguard eyes for starters, also I don't remember them having centre pulls, but I may be wrong. I had a carlton criterium in fern green that had centre pulls, so perhaps carlton were keen on them.


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:46 pm 
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When I had a shop in the 1950/60's rebuild the pair with new butted spokes would have cost £1.25 all in, and would take no more than 2 hours.


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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 6:06 am 
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The Pro Am is OK, a bit of a gate at 25" frame but solid and responsive. Its got at good 531 frame and although lacking the style and character of the earlier handmade Carltons, is a pretty good quality machine, nothing top end just acceptable and workmanlike.


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