Sunday, May 14, 2017
1974 Raleigh Worksop/Carlton Grand Prix 10-Speed
This 1974 Raleigh Carlton factory Grand Prix is my latest project. I have owned a few 10-speeds over the years, and did not like any of them.
But when I saw this green Raleigh, I really liked it. It was previously being used as a beater bike by someone who rotated the bars all the way back and had bent the rear axle. I replaced the rear axle, replaced both derailleurs, and put a Brook 72 saddle on it. The saddle was sitting in my closet, so I figured I might as well use it.
What I really liked about this frame was the luminous green color, the wrap-around seat stays, and the cut-away lugs.
I fitted the bike with Velo Orange stainless steel fenders and Sun Tour 1970s-era derailleurs as well.
I topped the project off with a Banjo Brothers Barrel bag. It's a fun bike, but I'm definitely still an internal gear hub person. The derailleurs are working nicely and it has a very wide range of gears. It's also very light compared to a 3-speed and quite quick. It is something different to ride, but I still prefer the Raleigh Sports-style bikes.