Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Craig's Carlton - One of my favorites I rarely get to work on!!

This is Craig's Carlton in for restoration.  I love Carlton bicycles and it is so rare I get to work on one.  I had a Carlton Flyer a while back that I loved and I sold so I could start doing this full time.  I love the feel of Carlton bicycles, they have a feel all their own (A lot of that goes to the Reynolds 531 tubing.).  I also love their classic looks.  Some of the features of Craig's Carlton is Campagnolo Record derailleurs, although we need to find a front derailleur, Campagnolo shift levers and Campagnolo wheel hubs.  So awesome!

The Carlton is a little rough but nothing that can't be worked with.The Carlton will get a complete restoration along with new paint and decals, a replacement front derailleur, new handlebar tape, new bearings, new brake pads, new cables and housings and new tires and tubes.  I can't wait to test ride the Carlton and see how it compared to my Flyer!    

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Rim

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Head Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Fork

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Fork Crown

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Campagnolo Shift Levers

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Lug Area

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Reynolds Decal

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Seat Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Bottom Bracket

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake Caliper

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Campagnolo Record Rear Derailleur

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub 

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Rim
With the frame broken down I find the frame to be in good shape with the paint being replaced.  There is little to no rust.  I will have to align the fork blades, they are slightly off by eye.  I am mad because I can't find the overall photo of the frame broken down.

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Head Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Top Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Down Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Lug

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Tube

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Bottom Bracket

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Seat Stays

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Chain Stays

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Drop Outs

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Fork

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Crown

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blade

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Blade

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Frame Before
Fork Drop Outs

The component piece spent a long time in the cleaners and crock pot so I got started on the wheels.  I love Campagnolo Record wheel hubs, they don't get better then this and that is coming from a Dura Ace guy.  To really get the hubs looking right I had to brake the wheels down so I could polish the hubs on the polishing wheels. I found about half the spokes where rusted into the spoke nipples so the spokes would have needed to be replaced anyways just to true the wheels.  

With the wheels broken down I got to work on the polishing wheels.  The wheels hubs polished just beautiful and the rims along with the hubs!!  This is the stuff that makes me excited for what I do.  I love it!  I couldn't be happier with the wheel hubs and rims.
  
Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel
Before

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel 
Before - Wheel Hub

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel 
Before - Wheel Hub 

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel 
Before - Wheel Hub

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel 
Before - Wheel Rim

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel 
Before - Wheel Hub Old Grease

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front WheelBefore 
Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Wheel
Before - Wheel Hub


Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Wheel
Before Wheel Hub

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Wheel
Before - WHeel Rim

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Wheel
Before - Wheel Hub Old Grease

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Wheels Disassembled

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rims Disassembled

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Wheel Hubs Disassembled
Before Polishing

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Hub Disassembled
Before Polishing

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Hub Disassembled
Before Polishing

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Hub Disassembled
Before Polishing

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Hub Disassembled
Before Polishing

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Wheel Hubs Polished

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Wheel Hub Polished

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub Polished

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Front Wheel Hub Polished

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub Polished

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Axle Pieces Ready

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Wheel Hubs Complete

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Wheel Rims Polished

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Wheel Rims Polished
I messed up the paint process on the main frame so I am currently repainting the main frame.  The fork painted nicely.  The paint color is called Cream Soda, I don't know how blue is cream soda but I feel its a very nice match, it has just about he right metallic amount too. 

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Fork Painted

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Fork Painted

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Fork Painted

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Fork Painted

Craig's Carlton Restoration - Fork Painted
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