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Thoughts on 1972 Raleigh Professional

Old 01-31-23, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Fairlane63 View Post
According to this site the 72 came with a six-speed freewheel. The free wheel is the only part that is not original to the bike I think Is an NOS freewheel unobtanioum.
A good number of components do not look original to me. Granted these largely comprise consumables, so we would expect some swaps along the way.
* the '72 Pro came with the wide-rivet Brooks Professional
* derailleur pulleys come from a much later period. One rarely finds the "Brev Camp" ones.
* the chain does not look like the usual Regina
* cables and housing
* toe straps
* tires
* the rims look like replacements

Still, fantastic condition and a nice acquisition. Congratulations!
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Well thought I would update my post. I have since got tires on her and cleaned and checked everything.
Made some brake tweaks and took her for a spin. Man does she ride nice. So many memories came back riding her around the hood.. For us kids at the time it was a Paramount or the Professional we all lusted after. At least in Palo Alto where I grew up.
First time on tubulars in decades but the ride was great and they did not come off so I must have done a good job.
Back rim has a tiny bit of a flat spot so I sourced some vintage Campy Record high flange hubs attached to Weiman rims which should be a good vintage match. Just need to find the right freewheel for it now.
Will see about getting the original straightened at some point.
My wife thinks she needed a name and I have always loved the name kitty, very English public school. So kitty is my new cougar.

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Yes, Kitty is beautiful. Like many here I love the Mink Blue/Silver colorway. Pure class. And the chrome fork crown is sublime. I noticed the insertion marks on the stem. I wonder whether that indicates it has had 4 previous owners? Never saw one quite like that.

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Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post

...I noticed the insertion marks on the stem. I wonder whether that indicates it has had 4 previous owners?
Or a PO brought the stem up higher a bit at a time to facilitate a better fit as he/she aged.

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Looks great!

Congratulations, especially for the sew-ups!
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