[CR]Raleigh Team Pro 753

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Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 21:16:51 -0500
From: Gary Chottiner <gsc2@po.cwru.edu>
Subject: [CR]Raleigh Team Pro 753
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

I've been following this thread closely. I have a 753 Team Raleigh frame that I purchased a few years ago from a source in Belgium or the Netherlands (I forget which). I was told that the frame was built for the racer Bert Pronk who raced for the Dutch national team. I was also told it was built in Ilkeston; the serial number on the bottom bracket is BP1.76, presumably for Bert Pronk and the year 1976. This does not fit with some of the other postings in this thread, did bikes built for particular racers receive special serial numbers?

After much use, the bike was reduced to training purposes and repainted in the later Panasonic colors, after adding some braze-ons (brake cable, shifters?). I can't be certain that all of this is true but the bicycle certainly is a blast to ride; the frame feels about as light as my (very off-topic) carbon Calfee Tetra Pro but of course has a very different (more) road feel. I had intended to repaint it in the original red/black scheme and even purchased the decals, but the paint was better than the seller had indicated and I feel better riding it with its somewhat shabby paint; I tend to focus on the nicely cut out lugs, drilled dropouts and (imaginary) sense of increased speed. Now that I have the matching Panasonic jersey and plastic model kit, I guess I'm stuck with this paint scheme.

One problem with this the messages posted on this thread is that now I have to worry about the chainstay on the Raleigh falling apart while I'm going downhill at speed. I guess that's better than the fork coming apart as on my first ten-speed, a Gitane. Thanks all.

P.S. That was a great buy on German eBay!

Gary Chottiner Northeast Ohio