Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Liberty, Missouri
Bikes: 1946 Hobbs of Barbican | 1966 Paramount P-13 | 1971 Raleigh International | 1982 Gazelle AA Champion Mondial Special | 1980s Freschi Supreme Super Cromo | 1985 Katakura Silk | 1989 Waterford PDG Paramount | 2012 Boulder Brevet | 2014 Cycles Toussaint
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1973 Raleigh Carlton Super Course, reporting in
Some weeks back I started a thread about the Raleigh Carlton Super Course I'd acquired. I've a lot more experience with French and Italian bikes than English so I really appreciated the information fellow forum members shared; the Capella lugs and serial number helped to definitively date it as a 1973. The clean up was surprisingly easy and I've had it on the road for several test rides, so time to report in.
I replaced the nearly new Serfas that were on the bike when I got it with Pacelas (of course!) and gave the Brooks some serious TLC. Bear in mind that I put in 600+ miles over six days riding the KATY Trail on my Shogun 2000 and just got back from that last week. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I put in some decent Ozark hill mileage on my OT Cannondale Synapse, and then a good long morning today riding laps on my PX-10. So getting on the SC this afternoon offered me a chance to compare a wide range of rides under some pretty diverse riding conditions.
The ride is so surprisingly supple! It's comfortable without being "draggy" and I'm tempted to stick a computer on it to find out just how fast it's actually going because it sure feels
fast. And that's just not
something I associate with comfortable riding. I have other bikes that really fit me well, but that's a different kind of comfort - the kind that comes when clothing or shoes fit you perfectly. The comfort of the Super Course is the kind you get from those same shoes after they've been broken in following years of use. The only problem I've run into so far is the drive side pedal came apart on me during the evening ride! (The dust cap and the retainer clip popped off, leaving me to ride a greasy rod for five awkward miles.)
I'm anxious to hear how other's SC rides stack up, and I'd be interested in seeing how they're built up. (I plan to keep mine pretty much stock, other than probably replacing the pedals.)