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Old 06-01-08, 08:26 PM   #1
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1972/3 Raleigh Professional tires

so i just a acquired an all original 72/3 raleigh pro, blue/silver
right down to the frame pump
full nuovo record
it is really immaculate except for the hutchinson silk tubular tires, which are dry rotted
and a scuff on the brooks pro
are these tires still made?
is there something close i could use ?
35 year old NOS tires?
if i don't find something suitable, i guess i'll spray paint it black and convert it to a fixie
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Old 06-01-08, 09:07 PM   #2
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As of the 2005 TDF, Hutchinson still was making tubulars, and a fellow who was in the habit of riding down the Champs Elysee in late July wearing a yellow cycling jersey was using them on his bicycle.

Wish I could afford them.

<edit> I'm not sure if they still make silk. Last I heard, Dugast still makes silk, but you'll be shelling out north of $300.00 for a pair.
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so i just a acquired an all original 72/3 raleigh pro, blue/silver
Hey cool! I have a 1972. Does it have the fancy lugs (like the 1972 on Sheldon's site)? As far as I can tell 1972 all had the fancy lugs. If not, it's a 1973, I believe.

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Hey cool! I have a 1972. Does it have the fancy lugs (like the 1972 on Sheldon's site)? As far as I can tell 1972 all had the fancy lugs. If not, it's a 1973, I believe.

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it has the fancy lugs like the 72 on sb's site with the cutouts on the headtube lugs and seat tube lug
but the serial # begins with a 'g' so that means 73 according to his site
also, the 72 catalog doesn't list blue as a color option
so that 's why i said 72/3
what tires do you have on yours?
i see under your avatar is says vintage french fan
part of the deal for this bike was i had to take an old motobecane le champion
531 frame with stronglight cranks and campy tipo hubs
the serial is stamped on the nds dropout
know where i can find some info about it?

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Old 06-02-08, 02:29 PM   #5
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We need photos of that Pro......

We don't see many here.
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Old 06-02-08, 04:11 PM   #6
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check it out


http://www.flickr.com/photos/23088419@N03/
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Very nice! Must be a late '72 or early '73. Has '72 script lettering but a '73 color. Maybe someone here has seen this before and can shed some light on it. Good luck with it! Jim
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I'm officially jealous! I have started a Professional fund in my name though, lol. I plan to own one of those by Christmas, hehe.,,,,BD
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I'm officially jealous!
i'm officially jealous you're in Texas.i moved up here to the arctic (wisconsin) from Austin
a few years ago and still regret it
buy my house in madison and i'll throw in the professional for free
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Sure, send it on down, so I can load it on the truck, lol.,,,,BD


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it has the fancy lugs like the 72 on sb's site with the cutouts on the headtube lugs and seat tube lug
but the serial # begins with a 'g' so that means 73 according to his site
also, the 72 catalog doesn't list blue as a color option
so that 's why i said 72/3
what tires do you have on yours?
i see under your avatar is says vintage french fan
part of the deal for this bike was i had to take an old motobecane le champion
531 frame with stronglight cranks and campy tipo hubs
the serial is stamped on the nds dropout
know where i can find some info about it?
Cool! Wish mine were in its original colors. It has been power-coated red (before I bought it) but it was done well and it looks great. Just not as cool vintage. I think I will highlight the lugs before assembling it.

There are several threads on Le Champions that have been on here lately. I'd poke around here and wooljersey.com. That's a stunning bike, too! If you decide you don't want it, PM me.

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Cool! Wish mine were in its original colors. It has been power-coated red (before I bought it) but it was done well and it looks great. Just not as cool vintage. I think I will highlight the lugs before assembling it.

There are several threads on Le Champions that have been on here lately. I'd poke around here and wooljersey.com. That's a stunning bike, too! If you decide you don't want it, PM me.

Karl
not in as good shape as the raleigh,might need paint
i think the reynolds 531 decals in french are way cool
universal centerpull brakes, campy derailleurs,shifters,and hubs
same stem as the raleigh
wacky ideale saddle with weird flat not tubular rails
i like the semi wrap around seatstay/lug junction
coolest free bike i've gotten
i'm going to get the raleigh back in shape before i start this one
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