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Carlton Flyer - 1939

Owned by: Neil Foddering

Neil Carlton RB 1


Frame Size: 23" centre to top, with 23" top tube and 40" wheelbase. Chater Lea lugs and bottom bracket (for 5/16" balls) cut to unique Flyer pattern. 531 DB tubing throughout.
Original paintwork and chrome, finished in grey enamel with red lug lining and double box lining.  All chrome head tube and lugs (10/- extra in 1939 Catalogue). Forks: Short rake Russ pattern, fully chromed (10/- extra).
Wheels 27x1¼" Constrictor Conloy rims on Harden "Bacon Slicer" hubs (rear single-sided for freewheel).  A post-war upgrade, presumably. Villiers De Luxe single freewheel.
Chainset Chater-Lea fluted lightweight cranks and chainwheel
Pedals Chater-Lea 'tommy-bar' pedals
Gears Single speed
Brakes Lam dural brake stirrups with unknown make of steel levers
Stem/Bars Reynolds hiduminium Bailey bars with Patent chromed steel handlebar stem (Hudson's patent).
Headset Chater-Lea head clip
Saddle Brooks B17 Narrow, Accles and Pollock chromed seat pin with crimped domed top
Extra details Bluemels Noweight "Ultra-light" celluloid mudguards with aluminium alloy stay bridges

Original owner's scrapbooks of race results (1930's). Other documentation, including original receipt, 1938 RTTC Handbook, race entry list cards and results cards for various 1930's time trials, and correspondence.
The original owner was a member of the Brighton Excelsior CC.  He was a successful club level racer, and set a number of course records.  He was the Second Sussex Best All-Rounder for 1938.

Neil Carlton RB 2
Front fork end
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Mudguard eyes
Neil Carlton RB 4
Rear ends

Neil Carlton RB 5
Lug details taken fron 1939 Carlton catalogue

Neil Carlton RB 6
Head lug and fork crown
Neil Carlton RB 7
Lug and  fork crown from front
Neil Carlton RB 8
Seat tube transfer