The 1964 Carlton Flyer

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Some images of the 1964 Flyer


Carlton Flyer build c1964 complete with NOS All Rounder guards

An earlier image of the 1964 Carlton Flyer.


The 1964 Flyer with Biba stem and Gran Sport headset


This machine was purchased in 2005 as a frame and set of forks only. It was my aim to rebuild into a classic lightweight touring machine, worthy of the accolades which were bestowed upon the Worksop Company's finest handbuilt machines.
The refurbishment took nearly 3 years, although the cycle has been in a rideable state for nearly two. I am always on the look out for period parts for it. I am currently looking for a pair of brake cable end ferrules to fit the GB Arret hoods...
The Flyer has  22-1/2" frame made from Reyolds '531' tubing. It has 'Carlton lugs'. The frame number dates it to 1964. I have attempted to put all that is the best into this machine, hence you will find Campagnolo components throughout, GB brakes, Brooks saddle, Carradice saddle bag and Bluemels lightweight mudgaurds. A few concessions to modernity are the Campag Veloce chainset and sealed Campag bottom bracket bearings.
With all the components fitted the machine still weights in at a respectible sub-23lbs. The machine handles well and the gearing using a 39/53 chainset with 22-tooth rear spocket is fine for me.

Detail of Gran Sport pedals and alloy toe clips

The large 1970s vintage Pifco front lamp

A Brooks B17 standard in honey finish with matching Carradice bag


Detail of lugwork around headstock of the Flyer