bicycle frame material: steel bicycle type: road brake type: caliper condition: good cryptocurrency ok delivery available electric assist: none frame size: 23 1/2" handlebar type: drop make / manufacturer: Raleigh model name / number: Carlton suspension: none (rigid) wheel size: 27 in
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1966 Raleigh Carlton 23 1/2” very rare model in good condition
Color- Coffee Brown
Seat tube- 23 1/2” center to top
Top tube- 22” center to center
Handlebar- Gerry Burgess 38cm center to center
Stem- Gerry Burgess 95mm
Saddle- Brooks Professional
Rims- Weinmann 27 1/4inch alloy with dimples
Tires- original Dunlop Special Lightweight made in England. Recently the rear inner tube was changed, vintage tube in front.
Hubs- Normandy high flange
Spokes- double butted
Crankset- Sugino Mighty Competition 52-48t, 171mm
Front derailleur- Campagnolo matchbox style
Rear derailleur- Campagnolo Gran Sport without teeth.
Freewheel- Atom 5 speed 14-28t
Brakes- Weinmann Vainqueur 999
Pedals- Kyokuto Pro Ace
We believe this bike was made in 1966. It’s very hard to date it because of the unique markings. At first we thought it might have been a 1968 model. Though one detail kept up showing up that wasn’t on our bike. The rear chrome drops. In all the catalogs we could find it was close. We knew the colorful heron emblem was only used for a few years (anniversary editions?). If you look at the catalogs it only appeared in the late 1960’s. The serial number U3484 is unique in that it doesn’t exactly follow any of the Raleigh systems. Typically you’ll have 5 digits but as you can see it’s only 4 digits. We came across a website showing the same bike but in another color. The unique serial matched our serial in terms of its uniqueness. So we believe it might be from 1966. The reason being aside from the unique serial number is because of the non chrome rear dropouts. The original owner had it customized it at Oscar Wastyn Cycles in Chicago.
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