This bike started life as a frame that was obtained locally. It's a standard 23" frame that probably dates from the 70s or may be the 60s but is nothing special. The paintwork was poor and some touch up has been attempted in the past however there was little rust. It hung around literally for about 6 months until I decided to turn it into a single speed. It was painted with black hammerite and the lugs were highlighted in white. This is primarily to preserve the frame but provides a pleasing effect.
Here's the finished bike on sale for £180
The bike provides a pleasing ride easy ride with the gearing big enough to provide real speed and acceleration.
Carlton 23.5 frame
Wheels: New Mavic A119 700C rim on Mailard Large flange hubs built with new stainless steel spokes
New single speed 17 tooth freewheel sprocket
New Octalink splined Bottom Bracket
Shimano Ultegra Chainset with new alloy 47 tooth chain ring
This bike has an unknown origin as I originally came as a standard geared bike. The frame is made of thin steel tubing - may be Reynolds - that has very neat fillet brazing. The rear dropout is 120mm and the bottom bracket is threadless that suggests a track frame. However there are braze-ons to support front and rear gears. There is one small dent in the left seat stay. The paintwork is scuffed in places. The single speed configuration seems to work best and the whole bike weighs around 21lbs and is a joy to ride with the extra narrow 27x1x1/8 ulta sport tyres.