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 Post subject: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:49 pm 
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I bought this along with the 1955 F.R. Russell that's in another post. Its not been touched yet as you can see :lol: Seems to be a fairly rare model from around 1970, I've not found a huge amount of info on the net. Some of the components may reveal a better clue to the build date. Reynolds 531 frame and forks all in need of a serious scrub and polish but appears to be all original including the crap! One to bring back from the dead. Here's hoping the Carlton experts are around for a bit of input :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:03 am 
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Looks nice under all that patina.
Will keep an eye on the thread to see how it fares, I imagine it will come up superb.
Whats the plan?

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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:50 am 
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Beautiful!!! I have been looking for something just like that for some time, nothing beats a vintage classic. Love the brooks.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:21 am 
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I don't know much about Carlton seems only Raleigh was imported to the States but those lugs are quite pretty. What in the world got on those hubs it looks like axel grease for a commercial truck.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:51 am 
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Strange mixture of parts, the 531 Capella lugged frame says on or before 67 or maybe a little later, ie using up old lug sets. The components like the 3-pin crankset say later. Its possibly been updated over the years. Great looking mount though and they do scrub up well. The flam copper paint is very nice. Large flange hubs are a nice touch too!

Here is one from the 1973 Raleigh catalogue...
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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:22 am 
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Hi,

if you click the Carlton link in my signature, you will go to my "Ten". Within that there is a link to the long discussion i had here to try and identify the bike, as it had been repainted. There are also links to other "Ten's" on the net.

Yours looks good for about '73, as mine is earlier, and has wrap over rear seat stays, and was not 531. The stem is right for that year, or there abouts. Yours also has a rear brake bridge, while mine was the old type support attached to the seat clamp bolt. The strange thing about yours, as Spokesman points out, is the lug work, which appears earlier, and throws the date into question.

Mine was origionally like this 1971 one...
http://www.bikebrothers.co.uk/carltonten.htm

Very nice find :lol:

Hope this helps,

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:33 am 
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Thanks for the comments :) I'll keep updating the post.

The plan is to completely strip and clean, new bearings, new grease! New chain, tyres, bar tape..... This bike and the 1955 F W Russell came from the same previous owner, I don't think he believed in ever cleaning a bike!

Thanks for the 73 brochure Spokesman its a useful guide as to how it 'should' look. Interesting point about the crankset as well.

Just seen your post Dave, I'll have a read through and have a look for a frame number tonight, that might shed some light :)

Watch this space :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:54 pm 
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Here is one for sale here at the Universal Cycle Centre:

http://www.universalcyclecentre.co.uk/frames.html

(Scroll down a bit) - you can see the more usual form of the frame ie the wrap over seat stays and Crespera lug set.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970? Carlton Ten
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:06 pm 
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Lovely old steed. That Brooks should come up like new with a good scrubbin' of Dubbin. Mine was in worse nick and looked great after a good polish :)


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