Am normally a 3-speed guy, but noticed this $50 complete 10sp mixte at my community bike shop because of its aluminum rims and parts and the Carlton decal (under some spray paint!). It's straight gauge 531 in very good structural and mechanical shape.
Have never been a fan of repainting, but A) it's a somewhat rare (as a mixte) and decent bike of its time (cost $1000 in today's dollars) and B) the paint is horrible. Previous owner spray painted the headtube and seat tube to conceal the logos! Paint is washed out and beyond faded, but not rusty. I'm willing to pay for a decent paint job and decal set.
OBJECTIVE: I want to keep the bike for my wife as a casual semi-upright / sportier alternative to her Dutch 3-speed for when we go more than ~10 miles, while still honoring the Raleigh/Carlton nostalgia of the 1970s. I plan to add VO fenders & rear rack, and more swept back Belleville/Porteur type bars like this with more hand positions and thumb shifters to take advantage of the versatile mixte geometry, similar to Veloria's Constance project at LovelyBike.
PAINT PLAN: Unless someone convinces me it's a crime, am NOT restoring the original Raleigh candy cane paint scheme. I just don't like the big white panels on the 70s red. My wife requested off-white monotone. I'll leave the original chrome tips and crown which are in good shape. And I'm thinking of a minimal application of the Carlton and "Made in England" and the small Raleigh decal. Maybe the 531.
QUESTION>>>> Not knowing the performance of these original parts vs modern parts, should I keep the perfectly good original components...
- Nervar Sport crankset (alum chainrings in good shape, nice chrome on the cranks)
- Huret derailleurs and shifters (which can go on Paul Thumbies, I think)
- Aluminum 27" wheels (they total 4 kg with tires)
- Weinman centerpull brakes
... or -- since I'm departing from the original paint design anyway -- should I just sell those parts to a purist and instead get lighter/smoother modern stuff? Maybe even a 7 speed internally geared hub. Basically, from your vintage enthusiast standpoint, is my unauthentic paint plan making any effort to keep the original components pointless? I do not plan to sell the bike, nor do I care what I eventually get for it. Well, unless fully restoring it is worth like $1000 or something
Thanks for any suggestions or thoughts!