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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:53 pm 
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biggs682 wrote:
what a nice pair , are they nice to ride ?


Basic but light and responsive. They have none of the sophistication of modern bikes with index gears, but the steel frames are stiff and give good handling. Both these are in pretty light trim.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:24 am 
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I had a Carlton Circuit, with a similar frame to Spokesmann's Criteriums, and I'd definitely go along with his comments. It wasn't exceptionally light when on the scales, but on the road there was some sort of alchemy taking place that made it possible to forget that there was a bike connecting the contact points at all. If you're built like me with a long upper body, the comparatively long top tube that Carltons were built with is great as well. My weight just seemed to rest in the right place.

Mine had a thirty year old Brooks on it, which just fit perfectly. All in all, a really nice bike, that belies the idea that top end componentry is necessary to enjoy your ride.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:06 am 
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:D WoW both these Carlton Criteriums are just fabulous Mike If My resto one turns out half as good as yours I,ll be more than happy :D


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:55 pm 
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:shock: So nice...
Are they both in 650B ?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:26 pm 
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Lovely looking bikes!

What brake blocks do you use - originals or aftermarket replacements? How do they get on with the steel rims?

Cheers,
Gareth.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:06 pm 
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garethrl wrote:
Lovely looking bikes!

What brake blocks do you use - originals or aftermarket replacements? How do they get on with the steel rims?

Cheers,
Gareth.


I have a supply of NOS stuff. The ones on there now are red Weinmanns.

Took one of them for a quick blast this morning.

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Damn cold!


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