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Raleigh Professional with Reynolds 531. Nice frame?

Old 03-15-13, 07:04 AM
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Raleigh Professional with Reynolds 531. Nice frame?

Anyone here have any experience of the Raleigh Professional?
This one appears in reasonable shape, itīs in my size, and I have a 10-speed groupset & a nice wheelset ready to go on it.
Talk me out of it. Or into it.

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In the USA, Raleigh Pro's were just a nick too small or big as they skipped sizes, either size of what my height works best with.
If the top tube is also a good fit for you, it appears like a frame in reasonable original shape.

When you state "10 speed" group, if you wish to install a modern 10 cog rear wheel in the frame it will have to be spread to accept it, this frame probably came with 126mm rear spacing and you will need 130 mm. And double check the brake fitment.
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awesome.. raleigh pros are tops... any idea on what year she is? show us pics once you build her up, im always looking for a nice raleigh pro.. with the original campy bits of course
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Never seen one in that color before. Or those graphics. I presume this is a European market one? Nice looking frame.
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Looks like a later one, maybe made for the European market. Raleighs are good solid bikes, the Pro was one of their best.
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The seat lug looks like my US market MarkV (1978). I like mine, only wish it were a little smaller - I'll be selling it this Spring for that reason.
The MkVs were considered to have more of a crit geometry than the earlier (shot-in stay) versions.
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Looks good to me.
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The groupset is a Tiagra 3x10, the wheelset Rigida DP18 (130mm) so the rear would have to be spread.European model I believe. Mid-70s, vielleicht?
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go for it man, spreading the rear would be no issue whatsoever. Thats a nice light frame built with reynolds 531 throughout. I have a Peugeot PX10 with all Reynolds 531 and it gives a great ride...youll love it man.
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Nice one. The rear dropout 'says' '78 onwards - i'd guess at very late 70's or very early 80's. Are those rear dropout adjusters made for the US market? They're very uncommon here in Aust. and sometimes found on a USA imported frame.
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Top info all, thanks very much.

Unfortunately (for me) the listing ends at peaktime (Sunday evening) so it may go for a little more than I would otherwise pay.

There is also, however a VERY nice Titan frame, also in my size, for €150.... with fork/headset, Columbus Aelle tubing.

Decisions decisions!

Iīll post a pic of the Titan frame:

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I think Campagnolo changed to those plastic tipped, wing nut shaped adjusters after the CPSC mandates of, '78?
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Go for the Titan. If it's anything like the one I have (made in Italy, sold through Switzerland), you'll be extremely pleased. The ride is >

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I worked in a Raleigh shop in 1973, and I have to say that the quality of the Raleighs those years was absolutely abyssimal! Really terrible.....but so were 1974 Austins and MGs......
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Update:
Frame sold for €122. Not to me!
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Here's one on ebay - but I just don't know what to say

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Here's one on ebay - but I just don't know what to say

Just say "Miami Vice"
or Psychodelisized
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Just say "Miami Vice"
or Psychodelisized
Tutti-Fruitty?
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Originally Posted by bassogap View Post
the quality of the Raleighs those years was absolutely abyssimal! Really terrible.....
Truer words were never typed.
When I built my International I had lots of experience with "bike boom" Raleighs, even the Carlton bikes could be really sketchy.
I did a full QA after pulling it out of the box: faced the BB, checked the fork & frame alignment and lubed bearings with Campi grease instead of the ear-wax Carlton was stingy with.

If a 70's Carlton Raleigh is still in service today it's most likely a "good one", although there are some Monday morning/Friday afternoon examples out there.

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Tutti-Fruitty?
Tutti-Fruitty is a well-know Eddy Merckx paint scheme that is much classier than this abomination.
I vote for "flaming triathalete commuter".
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here's one on ebay - but i just don't know what to say

waaa hoooo
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I worked in a Raleigh shop in 1973, and I have to say that the quality of the Raleighs those years was absolutely abyssimal! Really terrible.....but so were 1974 Austins and MGs......
So Raleighs had Lucas electricals too? Who knew . . . .
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That could be a SBDU raleigh pro. The SBDU professionals were a different beast altogether and showed much better finishing and brazing, not that the Carlton workshop bikes weren't nice also.
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So Raleighs had Lucas electricals too? Who knew . . . .
I restored a 1968 MGB-GT back in the '70's. One day as I was driving it toward Agoura, CA I noticed a burning smell. I immediately pulled over and pulled the rear bench seat off that covered the two batteries. Smoke was pouring out. Fortunately, I caught it in time before it went up in flames.

My neighbor was not so lucky. He spent at least a year restoring a vintage Austin Healey. Then it caught fire and burned to the ground on an LA freeway. British electrical systems sucked.
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Here's one on ebay - but I just don't know what to say




I'd say that's pretty gay. As in "bright" "cheerful" "festive" and "happy." And just in time for easter, too. I think the seller should arrange a line of Peeps along the top tube and load that helmet up with plastic eggs.
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