...and so it continues.
Interesting thread and happy to know I can keep something going. I'm reporting from the NC coast with the aforementioned subject, which turns out to be an amazing '72 Raleigh Professional Track
, based on the serial number (G6684).
I have a nice '74 Raleigh Professional
that I've been wanting to match with a 74 Professional Track, but just could not find one in my size. Indeed, the 73-74 paint scheme Pro Tracks are hard enough to locate without a size constraint. It was like searching for hen's teeth while wearing a backwards ski mask.
When this bike finally appeared, I had to forget the 74 match as it was close enough to my size to be The One; indeed, the only one I'd seen in too long to remember. Thanks to xprmntl for an excellent packing job of a bike that I will cherish, whether on road, track, or wall.
I have an 83 De Rosa Professional
in Super Record and Mavic GL 330 along with my Raleigh Professional, and I have to say that I have not ridden either since this 72 Raleigh Pro Track landed on this island. I've had more fun riding this beast then I could have imagined, taking it out every day, working up to 24-35 miles at a time. Sadly, there is no track/velodrome within many a mile. Some day, I'll get her back on the track, but until then, it's been in the country and island roads during slow traffic times.
I'm 6'3 and 180ish which means uber careful with the insanely light Fiamme Ergals, more matched to a max 150lb rider. Looking for a backup set of wheels for regular riding but for now with even spoke tension check, it's been great. These are the best wheels I've ever ridden on bar none, just amazing.
I plan on making a page dedicated to these bikes when I get the time. I've already tracked down photos of five or six. It's been great seeing the history posts here along with the comments/photo. It really really would be something special to get them all in one place online.
Planning on some Campagnolo Track pedals along with perhaps a move to the Brook Team Pro. Right now, I have the clips off my De Rosa on there along with my Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa Confort, a great fit so far. She needs a new chain as it's hard to get quiet with zero binding without some extra slack, although I now prefer more slack than I thought for the smooth/faster/quieter feel. This bike just rolls super nice, a nice compromise with the more vintage angles.
I spent a full day cleaning, wiping, and rubbing etc al. Just a beautiful ride. I've already developed a bond, putting quite a few miles in this short amount of time. Looking forward to many more.