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Which Bike Had These Carlton Lugs?

Old 12-15-10, 05:44 PM
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hold on to that picture of the lacy lugs. You could always have a builder make them for you.

Not saying it wouldn't cost an arm and a leg, but it could be done.

heck, i'd bet that if you just had blank lugs a drillium enthusiast could make that happen
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Originally Posted by Veloria
I have been closely studying lug patterns for over a year now in an attempt to understand why I like some and not others. The conclusion I am coming to, is that it is not so much a matter of being subdued vs over the top (I like Nervex lugs, but don't believe I could call them "subdued"...), as it is a matter of harmonising with the line of the frame itself. I think that some of the Hetchins lugs - particularly those long, Celtic-inspired designs - distract from the lines of the frame, which for me is unappealing. And when they are painted a contrasting colour, or are chromed, this is more accentuated still.
Yes, I agree with all of that. Well, with the exception of Nervex; that design doesn't really do anything for me. It's inoffensive, and shows a laudable concern with design, but it's a design that doesn't hold my interest. It doesn't draw my eye back for a second and third look.

I like Zaphod's idea... but I don't know where you can find lug blanks.

A few months ago I almost bought a Holdsworth Sirocco, from 1951, partly because of the fancy lugs... this photo shows the lug design pretty well (it also shows the reason I returned it to the seller). I didn't like the lug design as much as I thought I would; it's just a lot of ornament without any clear design.

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