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Carlton Flyer - 1950s

Owned by: Roy Fossett


Carlton Flyer believed pre 1954; 73 stamped twice on BB; seat tube 22½", top tube 22", wheelbase 39¾"; 73 head, 72 seat angles; seat post 27.2. Brazed-lug on top tube for saddle support
Fiamme sprint rims on Airlite large-flange hubs, 32/40. Originally with Dunlop silk tubs
Chainset BSA double-fluted 6½" 5-pin cranks with Williams inch-pitch chainring
Pedals Sheffield sprint track pedals with Atos toe-clips
Gears Single-speed fixed 27 x 7 - 89inch gear
Brakes N/A
Stem/Bars Steel track bars stamped '14' on sliding-adjustable stem
Saddle Mansfield Ormond sprint with alloy rails
Extra details Roy Fossett bought this frame in 1956 from Cyril Peacock for Four pounds ten shillings. Roy was a friend and Club mate of Peacock's at the Tooting Cycling Club. After Cyril won the sprint title at the 1954 Commonwealth Games on this frame he received Raleigh sponsorship which included 'Harris Raleigh' track bikes. This sponsorship continued for some years and he sold off his other equipment. Roy was a good Club rider winning the Tooting Championship and racing at many locations including Herne Hill, Paddington and the Isle of Man. He moved to Australia in the 1970's with his bikes and a young family. The Flyer was repainted once about forty years ago but in the same colour scheme, the cycle parts remain the same save the saddle - like many racers of the period he had only one saddle used for both road and track.

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Frame details, including top tube lug for seat support

Lettering on top tube

Sliding-adjustable stem

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Track rear ends, bottom bracket and fork ends