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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzybelmondo View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by karmat View Post
    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.

    Karl
    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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    We need photos of that Pro......

    We don't see many here.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
    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


    I lived for 11 months in Uniontown PA. Ice and snow in April was enough for me, so I left.
    The one good thing about black cork wrap is that it's better than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzybelmondo View Post
    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.

    Karl

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    Quote Originally Posted by karmat View Post
    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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