Posts Tagged ‘carlton’

1972.

October 23, 2011

Essential item No.2. 1976 SBDU Team Raleigh Track.

August 3, 2011

3 years ago I saw an ad for a steel track frameset, my size, within my budget and looking good. So off I went to Bristol to pick it up. I arrived, checked the frame and agreed to make the transaction. It was a mid 70s silver enamelled Carlton, badged as a Marcarini, lovely it was, Fischer crown and everything. Yes please. But before I swapped my cash for the merchandise he offered to show me another frameset. “OK” I said. He then brought this out: A 1976 Team Raleigh track SB969 in ‘the’ colourway.

Dilemma. I’d always wanted one of these and this was again my size. It looked a bit tatty and the fork was rusted to within an inch of it’s life but then it’s not everyday someone presents you with one of these in your size. Even though the Raleigh was in much poorer condition to the Carlton he wanted more money for it. More than my budget. I got him to put wheels in both, stand them up side by side and I stared at them for a bit. The mental tussle went on for half an hour and then Bang! it finally happened. I saw the potential in that Red, yellow and black, I had chosen to burn the budget and I had bought the Raleigh.

Three years later and I still use it daily, rain or shine. It is scratched, battered and bruised but continuing to work like a beautifully oiled machine, hell it is a beautifully oiled machine! I love it and I can’t see it leaving my hands anytime soon. I’v had many bikes since this has been around but they’ve all gone to new homes, all except one.

I want to live in southern France one day and when I do I want this in the lounge.

Previous Raleigh posts.
The awesome Recollections of Ilkeston.
Classic lightweights on Raleigh SBDU.

Hench Harris.

May 25, 2010

Seen.

Raliegh SB 951…

April 30, 2010

…On Ebay.

Buy it Now for only £875! If only.

On my quest

May 18, 2009

… To garner some information about my Recently puchased Carlton track frame I came across this:
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You absolutely cannot beat the look of a ‘real’ vintage track bike and this Carlton Flyer Madison is up there with the best of them… Made in England, Fully chromed and with a full campy groupo. Sickening.

Vintage Cycle Catalogues

December 2, 2008

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Found these pics here… Now you will notice that the webpage looks much like a spreadsheet that has been done on a speak and spell but give it a chance, if you like old school bikes and graphic design you may well have found the holy grail.


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