A thorough cleanup has already commenced:
So, what have we got here?
A Worksop built Carlton Corsa Strada made from some obscure butted lightweight tubing. It is not Reynolds 531, but it feels light.
Williams steel crankset.
27" Rigida Superchromes in 32/40, that neither sport super chrome, nor did they turn out being rigid - they are both buckled.
Campagnolo shifter and chain sideways bender. The Baron said: " That overhyped rubbish. Steer clear of anything made in Italy."
Brooks B15 bollocks kicker.
GB forged aluminium headstem and GB aluminium handlebars.
Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centre pullers, pretty useless, but the Baron thinks they are still better than what Burt Munro had for deceleration. He said: "Those bloody brakes only slow you down".
Original 'Carlton' brake lever boots in good condition (uberw00t!).
GB stainless mantraps. The Baron: "They have to go. As much as I loathe those Health and Safety whimps, I'm not really suicidal either".
Replace handelbar tape with brown textile and shellac it, Champagne cork bar ends.
Replace cables and use brown outer casing.
Replace wheels and tyres. The Baron says, tyres aren't a problem, he has 27" slugwalls somewhere in the stack. The problem really is with the wheels. A major problem that is. He has several sets of 32/40 large flange hubs which would look ace, but rims in 32/40 are made of unobtainium nowadays. There are relatively cheap but beautiful polished aluminium rims available, but only in 36h. This would have the inherent disadvantage, that the Baron ends up with four spokes short in the back, and four too many oop front.
He said: "An unacceptable proposition".
He continued: "But I don't have a reputation of finding anything for nothing. If I can't find it, they didn't make it!"
"Oh, and that stupid reflector that makes one look like a total retard has already been ritually tossed".