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My 78 Raleigh Professional (I have been dying to share)

Old 03-24-09, 05:00 PM
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My 78 Raleigh Professional (I have been dying to share)

This project has been a labor of love for me and I am very very happy with the end result. I bought the frame last year and have been building it up with a mix of parts that I bought/had available. A fair amount of the parts came from a sad 78 Raleigh competition G.S. I bought earlier in the summer.

I payed for the everything by donating plasma and flipping bikes, nothing from our paychecks (makes for a happy wife and happy burn victims) The decals are from cyclomondo on ebay, I know they are not period correct for the 78 but I like them way better. Maybe I am biased but this Raleigh feels better than any bike I have ridden to date. I may replace the weinmann brakes and G.S. parts at some point in the future but for now they work A-ok.

A gigantic thank you goes to Machin Shin for donating the gray cable housing (along with color choices!), Miami Jim for the shift levers and all of the forum members for the great advice!

So with out blabbing too much, here are the pics:

Edit: I am having trouble picking a bottle cage, any suggestions?? I like the nitto cages but not the price.

As purchased from ebay:


The unfortunate donor:


The final product:














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Old 03-24-09, 05:02 PM
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ZOMG!
Wow...
I'll take... that one.
WOW!
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Old 03-24-09, 05:04 PM
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More Pictures:





NOS Campy brake levers:


Ambrosio Bars:


Panaracer Pasela, at first I disliked the way these looked but they have grown on me and they ride very nice for the price.


Campy tipo hub with Campy record axle:


Last shot, without the frame pump:
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Perfect. Donating plasma eh? Hrmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think you are on to something here...
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That looks too nice to ride! VERY well done!
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Well done. It is a buety.
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Outstanding build, well done!! Well worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
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Looks great!
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Mkeller, fantastic job my man, just great work. That's a killer bike with a nice component mix and great details. Congrats and may you ride her in great health!
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Nice! That thing is gorgeous. I've seriously been thinking of donating plasma for some extra scratch...about how long does it take after your first visit?
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Those long point lugs are gorgeous. Any chance we could get a close-up of the seat cluster?

Great work!
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Beautiful!

Go with a stainless steel cage. It's worth it for what it won't do to your bottles.
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Very nice.
EDIT: and if you're so dying to share, I believe it's my turn. I'll pm you my address.
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Fantastic!

I'm glad my donation could be a small part of your beautiful bike. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person later this year when I make my trip to Canton.
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Originally Posted by mickey85 View Post
Nice! That thing is gorgeous. I've seriously been thinking of donating plasma for some extra scratch...about how long does it take after your first visit?
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Those long point lugs are gorgeous. Any chance we could get a close-up of the seat cluster?
Great work!

The first donation takes a long time, you have to get a physical and register into their system....plan on 4-5 hours. After that about 1 1/2 to 2 hours for donation depending. In Ohio they pay 60.00 per week (2 visits.. $20.00 for the first and $40.00 for the 2nd) It is nice, but there is a rough crowd and frustrated employees.


Here is a pic of the seat cluster, I must have forgot to include it. I really love the long point lugs with windows on the MK. V but wish it had the chome and semi sloping fork crown of the MK. IV.

Thanks for all the kind words, I have been nit picking this thing relentlessly (move the stem up, no down, no up, no down )

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Fantastic!

I'm glad my donation could be a small part of your beautiful bike. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person later this year when I make my trip to Canton.
I'm looking forward to it!
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That's a beautiful bike. Have fun riding.
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Cleanest looking Pro I've ever seen, repaint or otherwise. Absolutely gorgeous.

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Nice job! That bike looks great!!
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Here is another picture I forgot to include. I re-painted this head badge with testors model paint:

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It's drop-dead stunning! Great call on running 700 X 25's.... I'll bet the ride is smooooooooth
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I have the Ciussi stainless bottle cages

http://cgi.ebay.com/ELITE-CIUSSI-INO...3286.m20.l1116

on several of my vintage bikes & like them better than most others. My favorite stainless cage is the Delta

http://cgi.ebay.com/BOTTLE-CAGE-DELT...3A1%7C294%3A50

which I have on my Torelli, but not sure how they would look on a vintage bike.
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Amazing bike, well done. Marvelous in all respects, but I'm not a Raleigh expert.

Oh no, wait!! What do I see there? What a blunder!! Not the tire label, it's absolutely lined up with the valve stem. And not the brake cables, they are the perfect length, and symmetrical. No, the glaring flaw, the eyesore, the blatant oversight is..the rear skewer handle is closed facing aft!
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