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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:32 pm 
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Hi guys

Got a Carlton Corsa which has been lying around unused in my dads garage for a while now. Was thinking of giving it a new lease of life but have never attempted this sort of thing before. Looks a bit rusty on the frame and rims? My father in law has a workshop and would give me a hand, but is it worth it time money wise? Im not doing this to sell on just would like to use it for commuting myself. The bike is currently in Ireland but Im not sure on size - I would need 56cm i think or 22.5 inches

Any thoughts opinions would be appreciated?

Heres a link to some photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/93277909@N05/sets/72157632786000421/

Thanks again


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:23 pm 
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Looks nice enough, nothing wrong with it all! I'd investigate a few hours giving it a deep clean, (you'll be able to get most the rust off I should think) then some new cables, which are very cheap on eBay and it will be up an running again, do the tyres hold air? How long is your commute? You may want to get some new tubes as the old ones may have perished slightly.

Freddie


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:00 pm 
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the tyres look like they need replacing all right - my commute is only 4 miles each way so not too far. not sure if the gears chain rings etc are too rusty and would need replacing from the photos though - unfortunately the bike is not nearby but I can get it sent over if I want it!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:58 pm 
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I'd say that's 19" or 21" at the most. It depends on the frame geometry of course, but generally a 22.5" frame has more head tube than that.

It's still worth cleaning up though, Carltons are worth decent money.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Crespera lugs which stopped in 1974 and in the unusual green (green was an unlucky colour) so not a common bike to see about in 2013....well worth resurecting IMHO. Might have to have quite a bit of seat post showing though :D

Shaun


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:53 am 
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Carltons are always worth doing up!

Yes looks to be a 21" frame - will need a good deal of work. The wheels/tyres are shot but the main bits are there.

As Shaun says its a mide 70s bike, they were still in this form in 75, as I have a couple myself. Not sure if green is unlucky!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:57 pm 
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One of my green Corsas!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:23 pm 
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A mint fresh one from the 74 catalogue...
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Give you something to aim for!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 4:30 pm 
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If you gently use some 0000 grade steel wool dipped in oil on the paintwork, avoiding the decals, followed by a T.Cut and wax you should see a vast improvement :)

All the chrome work can be stripped off and soaked in a mix of oxalic acid for 12-24 hours

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/500g-Oxalic-a ... 20b219307d

All the alloy can be polished with Autoglym

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUTOGLYM-META ... 460cd66973

:roll: :wink:

Its all fun and frolics :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:48 pm 
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Thanks so much for the info guys - think it might be a tad small for me but Im going to have a go at restoring it anyway. Do you think the wheels will come up OK I know I need new tyres? If it looks half as good as the one in the above photo I'll be happy!


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