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My Uncle's 1972 Raleigh Professional "Frankenbike"

Old 03-12-20, 10:35 PM
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My Uncle's 1972 Raleigh Professional "Frankenbike"

Hello! This evening I (more or less) finished off the restoration of my uncle's 1972 Raleigh Professional by throwing a freewheel and chain on and tuning the derailleurs. I'd known about the bicycle for a decade but it was in pretty poor condition, so it wasn't until last year that I worked up the courage to ask him if I could try to fix it up. My uncle was the first person and really just about the only person I've ever ridden with on a regular basis, and got me into road cycling by letting me borrow some of his newer bikes in the past.

He rode this thing for well over a decade, with the latest bits and bobs being made of plastic and dating to the early 1990s. He crashed it once so there's a tiny bulge in the head tube and the fork was replaced with one from a Raleigh International!

The only thing original to the frame is the Campagnolo headset! The Suntour Power shifters, Compe-5 front derailleur, Vx-GT rear derailleur, seat post, and handlebars were from my 1980 Raleigh Super Course 12, which was my first road bicycle and got dismantled some time ago. All of the consumables are new, but otherwise the bike is essentially a mix of my uncle's setup when he stopped riding it and my own Super Course. He had a Sugino Mighty Competition crankset and bottom bracket, Universal Mod. 61 center-pull brakes and levers, a GB "spearpoint" stem, and mismatched wheels (due to the accident) with dark rims. I just purchased the six speed Suntour Pro Compe freewheel on Ebay and was waiting for it to complete the build.

Anyway, I'll post more photos Saturday after I take it out for a maiden voyage, but here it is for now.... A rather funky looking thing, to be sure... And I apparently need to tighten the brake pads. Cheers!

-Gregory

As received about a year ago:



And as it looks now:

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Old 03-13-20, 03:32 AM
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Nice setup, both the bike and library.
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Very nice. I was out for on my '76 yesterday on our Schuylkill River Trail. The Pro just does everything well and the British chrome is as nice today as it was 40 years ago. Mine is sorta franken because it has changes that, I believe, would have been done BITD by an enthusiast: different wheels and crankset. I was the one who swapped in the Suntour ultra6 and the 9 sped chain.

As I did, you may also find that it's a lovely bicycle.
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Thank you, fellas! I got out for a couple of quick jaunts on it this afternoon, including over to a lovely fountain out in front of some professional buildings in town. Sans the tiny caps to cover the ends of the cables, which I need to pick up at the LBS soon, it's "done" for now! The ride is really sweet, and my uncle obviously built up the wheels for speed. The Suntour stuff works as well as I remember it doing on the Super Course.

By the way, the frame size is 24.5 inches in case anyone scratches their heads about that. Cheers!

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Fantastic, iconic Raleigh Pro fastback era, "Mighty" Sugino Super/Mighty Competition, easily one of if not the best in the business, every bit as strong, tough and beautiful as any.
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