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Old 09-16-09, 10:58 PM
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1970 Raleigh Professional time capsule

I just got this 1970 Raleigh Professional Limited Edition. It has not been used in 30 years, so there is a lot of dry rot and accumulated grime. The pictures show exactly as I got it. It even came with a certificate and letter from Raleigh, sent from England.

I will be busy with a complete disassembly and cleanup. The spokes are rusted, so the wheels need to be rebuilt. I will need a 100mm or so stem, a Brooks Pro saddle, new tires and world logo hoods. Enough work to keep me busy for a couple months, can't wait to get started.







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Old 09-17-09, 12:13 AM
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Wow - lucky you! Stunning.

The thought of that horn squawking to announce such a fine bike just makes me laugh.

Post-build pictures will be required, you know.
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Awesome awesome find. What makes this a limited edition?
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Sweet freaking candy, I used to drool on those bikes when I was in 5th grade, Alberto's always had one around.
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Old 09-17-09, 06:17 AM
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I was hoping it was a white 1970, but this makes up for that teeny bit of disappointment. Needs a bit of work, but the frame looks spanking new.
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nice looking Raleigh. and a letter of authenticity too. that will make it even more valuable once you make it a fixie LOL
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Awesome awesome find. What makes this a limited edition?
No more then 500 of the '70s produced.

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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
I was hoping it was a white 1970 ...
That's what my wife's brother has (58 cm, I believe) and may want to sell.
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Wow!!!

If is rare that something really special comes along to impress but your Raleigh does the trick. Wanna trade?
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Why are the spokes rusted, they should be stainless?
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Awesome awesome find. What makes this a limited edition?
Note the sticker at the bottom of seat tube. Each was 1 of an initial batch of 500.

One of my all time favorite looking bikes; I wanted one in the 70s but could never afford; they were about $450. new. Have one now though...
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Its beautiful!
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Why are the spokes rusted, they should be stainless?
More likely they are galvanized.
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Nice !! That was my first race bike ... very similar to that. I may get flamed, but I like the Raleigh Pro better than Schwinn Paramounts that everyone fusses over.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
nice looking Raleigh. and a letter of authenticity too. that will make it even more valuable once you make it a fixie LOL
No, I already have another Raleigh for that

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Nice !! That was my first race bike ... very similar to that. I may get flamed, but I like the Raleigh Pro better than Schwinn Paramounts that everyone fusses over.
Me too!
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That's what my wife's brother has (58 cm, I believe) and may want to sell.
I have one of them. Radically different from the MKII. I'd be especially interested in seeing a "time capsule" example of it - just because...
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That's what my wife's brother has (58 cm, I believe) and may want to sell.
If the desire to sell it ever firms up, please let me know. I need a large frame (58+ cm) because I have a large frame.
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Very nice! My 1970 Professional was #228. Here's my original '71 Professional.
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Why are the spokes rusted, they should be stainless?
1970 bike probably has galvanized spokes.
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Fast back seat stays and full-sloping crown,... I am in love!

Does it still have tubulars or was it converted to clinchers?
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Does it still have tubulars or was it converted to clinchers?
Those look like tubulars to me. Rotten clinchers don't "sit" the same way.

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Yeah, that is one of the prettiest Professionals I have seen. The OP's bike looks like it should clean up just as nice.

Thanks for the clarification to my earlier question Kurt.
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Is the geometry between the Mark IV and the Mark V the same? My 78 Pro has a 58cm top tube and a 60ish cm seat tube.
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Congratulations! That is a beautiful bike and as already suggested, please post the after images.
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