I have decided to start a build thread here for the Freecycle Carlton i acquired.
Wasn't sure what it was, but a lot of computer time later we now know. See the descussion herehttp://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 37#1315537
It is a "Ten".
However, i really don't like the colour scheme of Tens, so, on the basis that it is mine, and i can have it how i want, it will be Lagoon Blue, sorry if that upsets any purists.
Brake Levers/Brifters: Weinmann
Brake Calipers: Weinmann center pull
Shifters: OE Simplex, now Shimano 600 Arabesque
Front Derailleur: OE Simplex, now Shimano 600
Rear Derailleur: OE Elan, now Shimano 600
Bottom Bracket: OE
Seatpost: Steel OE
Seatpost Binder: Carlton
During the winter i decided to upgrade the mechs and Gear change levers, as the OE kit looked really cheap. New parts on the left in the pics...
I think they will go well with the proposed colour scheme, and look the part for an early 70's bike.
While i was cleaning up the rear mech, it all went smoothly, until the final part....loosen off the cable adjuster
Such a small part, so much trouble
Fortunately, in my past life i have been involved with some engineering. A check in the spares box revealed a spare adjuster, and, after drilling out the offending part to 4.2 mm, and running a 5mm tap down the hole, to clean the threads, we were away with the mixer once again.
I will be using the wheels that came with it. Steel i know, but they should stand up to touring and unmade roads better than alloy replacements.
I have spoken to Llyods about decals, and they think they can help, but he mentioned the word "pricey"
What i really need to finish this is a)a pair of either white Carlton Brake hoods, or brown/gum Weinmann hoods. Anyone have some good spares the are prepared to let go? b) Also looking for some good condition Quill pedals. c) some Carlton rear wheel nuts.