Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 07-01-06, 01:11 PM
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Possible gem?

Well, the deal is this. A relative of mine finds an neat looking road/racing bike from a flea market. He mentions the bike to me and it wakes my interest. Ok, finally we buy it, he pays the one half and I pay the other half of the price (OK! We were freakin' cheap but so what). Im not going to tell how much it cost but if your suspicions are right I think we have made a pretty good deal. And now to the point.
The bike is Raleigh from late 70s or early 80s. We are pretty certain that the model is Team Professional, the top the racing version from the top of line 70s Raleigh model Professional. The paint work it is exactly like it is in this picture >> http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...fessional.html. I don't have the technical knoledge to say are all the bits and parts original but we are pretty sure that what comes to shifts/gears, we're talking the real deal. But there is a catch. If you know, a fellow named Joop Zoetemelk won the prestigious Tour de France in 1980 with TI-Raleigh team. It happens that in the bike we have is a badge which states that with that kind of a bike the Tour was won. It has also Zoetemelks name (printed/painted or something) on the frame (also something that looks like a Zoetemelks signature). We have also tried to find the serial number of this bike but because of minor weldings and paint work we have only managed to find a letter 'K' from the bottom. So from the facts we have, we have suspected that this is some kind of special series that has been made by Raleigh to celebrate Zoetemelks historical Tour win in 1980 (Team Professional appears at least in 1976 Raleigh catalog, so the bike we have with 1980 winner badge refers to the fact that our bike is made in early 80s). So my big question is, what we have in our hands. We surely are no experts and it has been freakin' hard to find any information about the bike form the internet. All you that have something information about Raleigh Team Professional bikes alltogether, let me hear from you.
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Possible. Hard to tell from your description. Post some photos in the Classic and Vintage forum for the real answer.

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Ok, gotta try to do that.
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