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 Post subject: My 79' Carlton Criterium
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:02 pm 
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Hi all,

heres a brief overview of my restoration of a 1979 Carlton Criterium, its probably a lower end model compared to some of the older models.

Heres what it looked like when i picked it up.
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WL900154 (S) stamped on the bottom of the frame (August 1979)
Suntour VX Rear Derailleur, Suntour Power Shifters, 52/42 front ring
Raleigh Wiemann 610 Brakes
Rigida 27 x 1 ¼ Rims, with Hague Hubs

You cant tell in the original photo but the tyres & hoods had perished, they crumbled under the slightest touch.
The frame itself was a little battered, with a fair few scrapes scratches and there, with the decals having seen better days.

So I stripped it down, removed all the components, cleaned and polished them as best i could.
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close up of the front ring
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I decided to get it resprayed, well powder coating by the good lads at LSN Coatings. Heres how the bare frame looked when i got i back
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And started to rebuild with what original parts were still in good order.
New hoods, cables, bottom bracket (as it was a bugger to remove, mostly rusted on), tyres, bar tape and saddle and some shiny new decals.

Heres how she looks now :)
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a nice side shot
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shot of the shifters
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The ubiquitous charge saddle
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Front ring, now nice and shiny
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Rear suntour deraliur
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The front
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Old vs New
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And again
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Had the first ride on it last week and loved it. Very relaxed and great sunday afternoon cruiser.

Any thoughts or recommendations welcome :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Really nice job......I might change that saddle to a brooks but it looks really classic!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:47 pm 
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Very nice :) the seat tube could do with a bit more Carlton glamour as above :D

Shaun


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Nice :) but missing the outer ring chain guard me thinks to make if perfect :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:32 am 
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Very nice job indeed. STill seems to have Crespera lugs on the headstock. The Suntour VX rear mech is very smooth as are those shifters. I have them on a Pro-Am too.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:41 am 
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Nob wrote:
Nice :) but missing the outer ring chain guard me thinks to make if perfect :)

No! That would be too perfect.....


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:24 am 
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sisyphus wrote:
Nob wrote:
Nice :) but missing the outer ring chain guard me thinks to make if perfect :)

No! That would be too perfect.....


They used them on the Pro Am 12 too, I may have one...


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:33 am 
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thanks for all the positive comments :)

Your both right about the brooks saddle & the extra carlton glam needed, as this was my first 'retro' build i think i will try for the next one.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:37 am 
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I think those points were minor - it really looks great. Makes me want to get one!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Looks like a nice finish on the powdercoating.


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