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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:24 pm 
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My first build, over last winter, was this rather nice '79 Carlton Professional.


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Now an admission. I wanted to build a single-speed to try riding one, so I rebuilt it like this.

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It was nice to build and ride for a bit, but I now realise that the frame deserves to be a full road bike. Having sold the Shimano Arabesque group-set to buy the wheels and a few other bits for the single-speed build, I now need a new group-set.

Rather than just start buying Arabesque stuff again I just thought I would ask for recommendations as to what group-set might best suit the bike? Bear in mind funds are not unlimited, but I do want something suitable from the era.

Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:32 pm 
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Originally the frame would have cost about £90-£100 so unlikely to have had Campag SR / Dura Ace....... Nuovo record or Shimano 600 would look period IMHO.

Was it in an original "Silver Team Lustre" colour when you got it?

Shaun


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:37 pm 
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Yes, it was silver, and had the bottom bracket cut outs. I didn't know what model it was when bought, but a few pics on here seemed to confirm it is a Professional.

Here is a pic of it when purchased.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:00 pm 
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Turning it into single speed is criminal in my opinion, not my bike though...


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:44 pm 
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Spokesmann wrote:
Turning it into single speed is criminal in my opinion, not my bike though...



I agree! :oops:

Turning it back asap....


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:30 am 
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Suntour Superb road group would look good & a bit different but period as I had a Red Carlton Pro back in 79-81 used for work & had a suntour gruppo accept for the TA Cyclotourist chainset with 68T ring :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:53 am 
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With a bit of patience there are Arabesque bits on eBay quite often at reasonable prices. It would be good to put it back to original spec.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:45 am 
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Another vote for Shimano 600 here.

I must say that you did a very nice job on the singlespeed build, but it looks perfect in the first photo too...


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:53 pm 
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It is a very different looking single-speed just at the moment. :)

Still on the look out for a suitable group-set though.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:51 pm 
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It looks a lot better with drops.

I'd echo what Shaun says, I have bought some Nuovo Record bits for a 1978 bike I will be building up this winter; with a bit of patience and searching all the usual places, you can pick it up at pretty sensible prices


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