Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:13 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 42 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:40 am 
Moderator /Lincs, E & S Yorks Deputy AEC
Moderator /Lincs, E & S Yorks Deputy AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:16 pm
Posts: 4144
Location: RetroModding™ since 1988
respray: http://www.argoscycles.com/

Decals: GilM on here maybe?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:54 am 
Old School Grand Master

Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:55 pm
Posts: 8209
Location: New Forest, UK
For wheel size it should say on the tyre wall - 27" tyres are 630mm bead seat diameter, 700c are 622mm.

My guess from the age of the bike is that it's a 27".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:18 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
King of the Skip Monkeys
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:34 pm
Posts: 26173
Location: Moomin Valley
Age doesnt really have anything to do with wheel size.

Try moving the saddle forwards/ backwards on the rails, stem up/ down, bars up/ down to get a decent 'fit' for riding.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:41 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5132
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
dirtjumper_dmr wrote:
..........also, having just read another thread on here, can anyone tell me if the wheels on this are 27" or 700c? cheers, Rich :)


It should say the size on the existing tyres. If in doubt take them along to the LBS and ask for a pair of the same.

Looking again at the pics it looks to be a nice bike with some reasonable equipment on it. The frame is OK but perhaps a longer stem and some shallower bars might make it more comfortable. I'd go for the bar end shifters if you can't get along with the down tube ones. Try and get some Brooks Proofide for the saddle, rub plenty in top and bottom and it should gradually soften and mould to your shape.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:45 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
King of the Skip Monkeys
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:34 pm
Posts: 26173
Location: Moomin Valley
Old Ned wrote:
Try and get some Brooks Proofide for the saddle, rub plenty in top and bottom and it should gradually soften and mould to your shape.



Ok, my bottom is now soft and supple.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:51 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5132
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
legrandefromage wrote:
Old Ned wrote:
Try and get some Brooks Proofide for the saddle, rub plenty in top and bottom and it should gradually soften and mould to your shape.



Ok, my bottom is now soft and supple.


Oh dear me, on the saddle you fool! I don't know, kids these days..................tut, tut, tut.................you can't teach them anything..............


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:57 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:51 pm
Posts: 1299
have checked and the wheels are 700c so I guess that makes compatability less of an issue, which is nice :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:15 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5132
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
Old Ned wrote:
legrandefromage wrote:
Old Ned wrote:
Try and get some Brooks Proofide for the saddle, rub plenty in top and bottom and it should gradually soften and mould to your shape.



Ok, my bottom is now soft and supple.


Oh dear me, on the saddle you fool! I don't know, kids these days..................tut, tut, tut.................you can't teach them anything..............


Just remembered this article on butchering a Brooks saddle, worth a read if you're having trouble.

http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/co ... cking.html


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:57 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sun Apr 06, 2008 1:51 pm
Posts: 1299
Thanks for that link Ned, v helpful :)

Not ridden this bike very much as the weather's been ok and i've been down the trails mostly...


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:44 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:51 pm
Posts: 17
If I were you I wouldnt change a thing on this bike, Its a period road bike from the early 80s and a good one at that! Your dad knew his onions when he bought it way back when. These things are becoming collectable big time lately and a Carlton too, probably one of the last. (Didnt Raleigh own the name by the 80s?) Simply give it a good clean and polish the alloy parts with some T cut and leave well alone. In another few years it'll be worth more than a few hundred if it isnt already. As far as the Derailleurs go, leave them as they are, they make a change from the usual Campag Nuovo Record kit of the day and are of interest as quality pieces in their own right. Get it set up to fit you and the ride will be less painful, converting it to modern 8-9 speed will be costly and devalue the bike as a period piece. As will fixie-ing it.

Downtube Shifters are a pain but thats all we had back in them days and we did OK, I know if my dad gave me a classic lightweight British racer I'd be preserving it as original and hanging on to it for my kids. ; )

See

http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/carlton.html

http://www.carltoncycles.me.uk/


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 42 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 17 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