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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:30 pm 
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I picked this up yesterday. Good condition with Shimano Arabesque group-set and Mavic wheels. It is 531 which is what attracted me to it in the first place as a possible fixie conversion, but it seems like a real nice bike so I might restore it instead.

I got the manufactured date from the serial number. It was made in Worksop in June 1979. But I cannot find out the model type. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:42 pm 
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If it was mauve or red I'd say a Competition...... Does the sticker say 531 main tubes?

Trying to think what the late 70's Clubman looked like?

That Block lettering was 77-78 IIRC so might be an early 1979.

Pic of the fork crown might help :)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:43 pm 
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Could it be a Carlton "competition"?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:44 pm 
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Looks like it might be!!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:56 pm 
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seems to be something catching, see my similar thread which has some links to Carlton Competition details

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 15#1762015

enjoy :)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:41 pm 
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It is 531 tubing (assuming the rather battered sticker is original) and the frame number starts WH9 which makes it a Worksop, June 1979 build according to another site.

Cheers guys. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:37 am 
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Yep, date is right :)

Carlton's always rode well as the geometry was nice... :D

The only oddity is the top tube clips holding the rear brake cable, Carltons usually had classy brazed stops on the top tube..


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Looks similar to my old Carlton Pro.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 4673051032

Does it have a cut out b/b like this?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 673051032/

Rear brake bridge like this?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 673051032/.

If yes it is a Professional IMHO.Often sold as a frame set only.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:24 pm 
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I hadn't realised until now what great looking bikes they are.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:55 pm 
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bagpuss wrote:
Looks similar to my old Carlton Pro.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 4673051032

Does it have a cut out b/b like this?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 673051032/

Rear brake bridge like this?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 673051032/.

If yes it is a Professional IMHO.Often sold as a frame set only.


It does have the BB cut outs and the rear brake is as per your photo. Is the Pro a level up from the Competition?

The chap I bought it from had it from the early 90's and said he bought it from the original owner who was an amateur racer.

Looks like I've got myself a nice bike! Definate restoration then rather than fixie conversion. :D


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