1971 Carlton "Professional"
Found this one at the Dump about five years ago - a 1971 Carlton "Professional in very nice condition. Sorry about the picture quality. Sadly, I sent the Carlton to a better home. The bicycle, though pretty incredible, was a 58cm and too big for me to ride with any degree of comfort.
"As found" the Carlton had no wheels. I built up a wheel set using an Ebay purchased set of 1971 Record High Flange hubs and Weinmann clincher rims as I recall. The Carlton had the kind of ride that the rider doesn't notice. I can't pay a bike a better compliment than that and those of you who have ridden such bicycles might better understand what I am trying to say.
I plan to take the International out for a ride tomorrow, if I can find some time to do so. Though the bicycle is way too big for me, my guess is that this bicycle will live up to its reputation.
I have checked the bicycle over to ensure that it is safe to ride. I polished it up a bit and it is indeed a gem, in my opinion.
The bike comes in at 23lb 8oz, in case anyone is interested (fitted with straps, clips and an pump clamp). Everything else looks to be as issued. At first I was concerned about the condition of the chrome plating but the chrome, cleaned and waxed, comes up looking like almost brand new.
Retro Raleighs suggests that the International fitted with these lugs is a bit unusual. Does anyone have an opinion or fact explaining this?
Finally, how do I go about offering items of interest for trade through the Forum. Thanks for any advice.