Jim Yardley's Carlton 'Ten'

Jim Yardley has kindly sent me these great photos of his Carlton to go on the Carlton page, thanks Jim!

Jim writes:- "This bicycle was purchased by me on July 26, 1971 from Cycle Supermarket in Reading as shown on the two sides of the receipt which is in the photo set. This was literally the only 10-speed bicycle that I could find anywhere at the time (after all, most Britons used black three speed clunkers). The cost was a little over 43 pounds sterling. The Sun Snipe (5-speed) was purchased for my wife. We rode these two bicycles around England for three weeks in July and August of 1971. We then brought these bicycles back to the United States through a complex set of flights. We lived in Champaign Illinois where I was professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois. I purchased a second bicycle in 1972 - a Gitane Hosteller 15 speed and used this as my primary bicycle for many years. About two years ago I decided to resurrect the Carlton (which really was not difficult - just needed new tyres and tubes) so that now I use both bicycles regularly. The Carlton is running in virtually the same configuration as when it was purchased (the water bottle holder and the electronic speedometer are new as well as the toe clips). The original pump shown in the photographs no longer works, so I carry a new Zefal pump. I still have the original toe clips, but plastic works much better. In spite of advertisements to the contrary I purchased this bicycle without fenders and added the short fenders at the Cycle Supermarket when I purchased the bicycle. The leather seat is original and appears to be of high quality, but has no indication of manufacturer. The frame is TI TruWel 201. The pedals have French thread, but are original. The original tyres used presta fittings, but I have finally put Schrader valved tubes in".

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