Does anyone have photos of a 1969 Raleigh Professional they would like to share? This was the WHITE model.
I'm NOT looking for pictures of the later models with fastback stays such as the Professional Mk II, Mk III, Mk IV, etc... - there seem to be tons of photos of those bikes. But for some reason I can never find images of this early version. I've really never had a chance to take a good look at one.
This model seems very rare. And it was odd they were even produced and then totally changed so soon after. Perhaps just early test marketing for the final more modern styled versions of the 70s?
The early version of the Professional from 1969 had: No chrome on the stays or forks... it still had the familiar Raleigh rear brake cable-stop bridge... conventional seat stays... braze-on cable guides below the top tube. Really quite different from the more Italian looking later versions which were suddenly in production just a year later.
I always thought this was the nicest looking Raleigh color scheme ever. A shame they changed it.
Here is an image from Sheldon Brown's website: