Andy T in New Zealand sent his absolutliest most beutimust Carlton Raleigh Competition. I’ve heard wonderful things about New Zealand, and if this OTS is any indication of what the country has to offer, I’m packing my bags tonight!
hi there, really enjoy the oldtenspeedgallery, it helped inspired me to grab this old beauty instead of some bland modern machine!
make: Carlton Raleigh
a bit about her:
Being in New Zealand, we’d only ever see the british built Raleighs here, and i got this from the bike shop that originally sold it in late 81, early 82 (still has the bike shop sticker on the seat tube). The serial indicates Feb 1981 as manufacture date, and the Tour de France ’80 victory sticker matches that logic. The condition is absolutely lovely given her age, and it’s testament to the previous owner’s care and attention ( i’m guessing it’s only had the one previous owner!). The componentry doesn’t match what i can find online about these bikes, but it had a cycle computer wired on it when i received it (and a weight-watchers muesli bar in the bumbag!) so i figure the previous owner was a serious-ish cyclist. the original logos and pinstriping are all there, as are the reynolds stickers. the only real wear is on the underside of the top tube where it’s been slid on and off a smooth rack however many times in the past 28 years. smoothly worn through to polished metal in the middle, running a good twenty cms or so.
Componentry is: Shimano 600 FD and RD, O.M.A.S. cranks, capagnolo shifters, suntour superbe hubs, stem and bars, modolo speedy brakes (they don’t share my sense of urgency), san marco rolls seat, unknown rims, cheapo tyres.
The best thing was, a friend tipped me over the edge to go for this bike as i was on the fence and i ended up paying less than what i was going to spend on a bottom of the line avanti with nothing going for it. bland and functional lost out to awesome and classic!
She’s exactly as i got her for now, but the plan is replacement hoods and honey leather bar tape soon, with maybe a brooks seat to match. i’m almost tempted to go some new brakes as the modolos are frighteningly casual, but i don’t want to go aero.