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1970? Raleigh Carlton Super Course

Old 04-27-19, 05:33 PM
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1970? Raleigh Carlton Super Course

My other purchase today. A replacement for a "I wish I hadn't sold...." Unfortunately, there's some misshaping of the downtube that looks like front end impact. I don't think it is, there isn't any paint rippling or signs of trauma to the fork. Probably something pre-paint.

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Old 04-27-19, 06:10 PM
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Very nice SC! I like the coffee coloured models that Raleigh had.
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Old 04-27-19, 06:23 PM
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Great looking Super Course! Same color as mine. There is another way to damage a down tube like that besides collision. Those nearly unusable long triangular bike racks that everyone locks up to only at the ends. In order to use the middle of that rack after the end spaces are taken, some people will throw the front wheel over the top of the rack in order to lock the frame to the rack (otherwise youíll just be locking one wheel). This will damage Reynolds 531.
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I had wondered about some kind of rack impact as well, but there isn't any paint damage. The gentleman I purchased both bikes from had them hanging in a garage for ~30yrs, although I suspect longer than that.
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Old 04-27-19, 06:54 PM
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Nice drivetrain upgrade, too, from what it would have come with originally.
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Love that color and the way it contrast with all the silver.
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Originally Posted by Pcampeau View Post
Great looking Super Course! Same color as mine. There is another way to damage a down tube like that besides collision. Those nearly unusable long triangular bike racks that everyone locks up to only at the ends. In order to use the middle of that rack after the end spaces are taken, some people will throw the front wheel over the top of the rack in order to lock the frame to the rack (otherwise you’ll just be locking one wheel). This will damage Reynolds 531.
Good to know. I have a raleigh competition frame with some rippling on the downtube but none on the top tube. Maybe this is the reason.
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Old 04-27-19, 09:21 PM
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Head angle looks steeper than stock. Might ride well.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Head angle looks steeper than stock. Might ride well.
I've learned never to trust photos for judging frame geometry, but I can see what you see.

The Super Course (and Grand Sports model) came with a very slack 71-degree headtube angle, so is a bike that can well afford to have it's headtube steepened.

The downtube looks straight to my eyes.
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Someone out in C&V Landia must have a similar size / year super course - a measure of the front center- BB center to front axle center would be a quick and effective comparison. Pretty sure this one would be short.
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I'm by no means a Raleigh expert, but the mk I Super Course usually came with cottered cranks, no? Nice upgrade if so!

Someday a coffee-colored Super Course will probably find its way into my mostly French stable.
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Beautiful!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful coffee Super Course!

Iíve a green one, looks to be the same year. I did a lot of research on the bike when I acquired the frame and built it up about 10 years ago. It also has a shadow left by fading paint around the where the Carlton rider decal was.

As itís been a decade now, Iíve no clue where I found it but I came across a listing of serial numbers somewhere that put the bike at 1972 - the year my wife was born and The Stolling Rones releasedExile on Main Street. the decals and other details of the frame jibe with other Ď72s Iíve seen.

Mine has the same steeply angled head tube. I upgraded the rear cluster and cranks/chainrings. I also like mustache bars so I put them on rather than the original GB drops. wheels are Weinmann concave rims built around Normandy Luxe Competition hubs.

I really enjoy the way the bike rides and use it often on brevets.



I know the handle bar tape needs replacing - Iíve just got some green and Khaki cloth tape to redo it in a harlequin pattern and am looking for the white Carlton hoods. All the aluminum, rims and hubs need a good polish again.


1972 Super Course


I ride the hell out of it and am keeping the wabi-sabi aesthetic. Itís a nice, nimble responsive ride.


Head tube with heron logo, Nervex lugs, and Simplex Gold friction shifters.


The wheels are Weinmann concave built on Normandy Luxe Competition hubs. Again, it all needs a good polish. Iíve used the bike a lot.


RaleighíRínut seat post binder


Waxed German military bread bag repurposed for use on seat or handlebars.
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Old 04-27-20, 08:45 AM
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Thanks very much for sharing this fine example!

wrt dating -

a machine from 1970 would have come with the anniversary head emblem:




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