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Old 04-17-08, 01:39 PM   #1
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1971 Raleigh Professional - Photos

Here's my '71 Professional. 22 1/2" frame 531 double butted throughout, Mink/Silver, GB Maes (embossed with the British Isles) handlebar, TTT Record stem, full Campagnolo Nuovo Record equipped, Brooks Professional Team Special saddle, Silca pump with Campy head. All original except:

Black Campy brake hoods and cable housings, silver H/B tape
14-18 Regina Extra Oro rear cog
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AVA rims with DT stainless spokes

Been meaning to post photos for awhile and finally got a chance. Thanks for looking. Jim
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Old 04-17-08, 01:53 PM   #2
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Wow, looks immaculate, did you get all the parts with it? or did you have to source anything?
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Wow! That's definitely a time-capsule beaut!

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All that's needed is for the bike to be ridden.
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It was complete when I got it in about 1991 from a bike shop in Pennsylvania. I changed out the rear cog and rebuilt the wheels using AVA rims, DT stainless spokes and NOS Campy wide flange hubs that I had. I've ridden it quite a bit over the years but lately my daily ride is a Cannondale hybrid. Thanks for the kind comments. Jim
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Sweet ride. I love Raleigh Pros, and that color is great. What is that freewheel, a 10-11-11-11-12?
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It was complete when I got it in about 1991 from a bike shop in Pennsylvania. I changed out the rear cog and rebuilt the wheels using AVA rims, DT stainless spokes and NOS Campy wide flange hubs that I had. I've ridden it quite a bit over the years but lately my daily ride is a Cannondale hybrid. Thanks for the kind comments. Jim
You happen to have any more of those large flange Campag hubs?

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Thanks. The freewheel is a 14-15-16-17-18. I found it at a shop while on vacation in California several years ago. I was glad to get rid of the mountain climbing gears (14-24) that came on it. Sorry, no I don't have any more large flange Campy hubs. I used about all of my spare parts on bikes I later sold. I'm now down to just the one Raleigh here. Jim
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Gorgeous, I have a 1970 in the same color. Always my favorite bike, but I could never afford at the time. Some years ago I ran into an old friend who said he had 2. I told him if he ever wanted to sell one, I'd be interested. About a year later he offered me one at a great price. Had to add a few parts too. Somewhere I have some pics...
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I was glad to get rid of the mountain climbing gears (14-24) that came on it.
LOL! Are those south Florida mountains? I need a 14 -34 to make the mountains comfortable around here. Beautiful bike and nice job with the pictures.
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52-42/14-24 is stiff gearing, but reasonable for all but the steepest hills. (I use 50-42/14-26 on the Bianchi and 47-38/13-23 on Capo #1.) I suppose 52-42/14-18 is OK for the flatlands or to show off your high flange hubset.

That is one fine-looking bike, and with my absolute favorite saddle.
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Nope -- I have just Capo #2's near-pristine OEM set, plus two pairs of Normandy Luxe Competitions, one of which I found as curbside freebies with nice 27" aluminum Rigida rims.The Normandys are decent enough, but the Campagnolos look better and spin better, and their cones and axles seem to be far more durable.
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Does this one have Mark Two on the seat tube? The catalogs on the retroraleighs site show a Mark II in 1970 and a Mark IV in 72. Has anyone seen a Mark III?
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Gorgeous, I have a 1970 in the same color. Always my favorite bike, but I could never afford at the time........................
I couldn't afford a new Professional in 1971 either but was happy with a Bronze Green Super Course. Years later, I went looking for a nice Professional and found this one. Thanks again to all for the kind comments and you're right, if I ever move out of Florida, I'll need those real mountain gears.
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Does this one have Mark Two on the seat tube? The catalogs on the retroraleighs site show a Mark II in 1970 and a Mark IV in 72. Has anyone seen a Mark III?
No, it has only the Carlton decal on the seat tube although 1971 Raleigh sales literature calls the Professional a Mark III on the specifications page. 1970 was the only year the Mark II decal was on the seat tube along with a unique oval red and silver metal flake serial number decal. Only 500 were built in 1970 according to the 1970 sales literature and they were all numbered. I had owned the one on the retroraleigh web site prior to its restoration. It's number 228 of 500.
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Wow, that should look nice when you get it all cleaned up!
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It was complete when I got it in about 1991 from a bike shop in Pennsylvania. I changed out the rear cog and rebuilt the wheels using AVA rims, DT stainless spokes and NOS Campy wide flange hubs that I had. I've ridden it quite a bit over the years but lately my daily ride is a Cannondale hybrid. Thanks for the kind comments. Jim

Which PA shop? That is an absolutely gorgeous bike. Georgeous I tell you!
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No, it has only the Carlton decal on the seat tube although 1971 Raleigh sales literature calls the Professional a Mark III on the specifications page. 1970 was the only year the Mark II decal was on the seat tube along with a unique oval red and silver metal flake serial number decal. Only 500 were built in 1970 according to the 1970 sales literature and they were all numbered. I had owned the one on the retroraleigh web site prior to its restoration. It's number 228 of 500.
I have 2 Mark Two Limited Editions. Number 451 my father built from a frame in 1971 and Number 133 that I recently bought on Ebay. #133 has a F serial number that RetroRaleighs says is a 1971. I'll have to get 451 down and check its SN.

SoFlaRaleigh what letter does your SN start with?
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I have 2 Mark Two Limited Editions. Number 451 my father built from a frame in 1971 and Number 133 that I recently bought on Ebay. #133 has a F serial number that RetroRaleighs says is a 1971. I'll have to get 451 down and check its SN.

SoFlaRaleigh what letter does your SN start with?
My 1971 is SN F6578. The 1970 Professional I owned also had an F serial number prefix although retroraleighs states 1970's should have an E prefix.

QUOTE=OrangeOkie: Which PA shop?

I wish I could remember. I thought I had it in my notes somewhere. Maybe I'll find it. Another Raleigh enthusiast saw an ad I had in VeloNews looking for a Professional and put me on to the shop that had this bike. It sounded good so I bought it sight unseen and had it shipped to Florida. That was in 1991. Thanks, Jim

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I couldn't afford a new Professional in 1971 either but was happy with a Bronze Green Super Course. Years later, I went looking for a nice Professional and found this one. Thanks again to all for the kind comments and you're right, if I ever move out of Florida, I'll need those real mountain gears.
Ha, ha! I couldn't even GET a Super Course at the time, and had to settle for a Gitane (whattahunkadoggiedoo). A year later a college friend sold me a 60s Carlton and I never looked back. My 1970 Pro has the limited edition sticker, but not the no name brakes. Can't remember the number, and my storage space is 25 miles away...
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that is an extraordinary bike!
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Which PA shop?...........
Harwilco Cycle. They were in Pennsylvania but I don't remember the city. Thanks, Jim
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52-42/14-24 is stiff gearing, but reasonable for all but the steepest hills.
Not when you qualify for both the 50+ and Clydesdale fora it ain't. And I don't know if I could get over a freeway overpass with a 42 up front and that corncob on the back.


But ooohhhh, I'd be stylin' while I tried . . . .

Very sweet find. Raleigh Pros were right at the top of obtainable drool-worthy machines back when I first got bit by the cycling bug. I mean, I heard about Cinellis and Bianchis and Masis and such, but Paramounts and Pros were what the I could actually see with my own two eyes in the shops in my home town. Thanks for the fond memories, and thanks for giving that fine machine a good home.
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Wow, simply and utterly stunning. That's all I can think to say!
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LOL! Are those south Florida mountains? I need a 14 -34 to make the mountains comfortable around here. Beautiful bike and nice job with the pictures.
Yeah, I noticed the close-ratio free-wheel also, and I also have a 14-34 "alpine" freewheel on my own old Raleigh (52/42 on the crank). Some of the hills here in northern CA still kill me.

You can guess at the root cause of some of my hill problems by noting that the three forums I frequent are:

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