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From: "John Pergolizzi" <jtperry1@sbcglobal.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 11:10:13 -0700

Dear List,

Here, for your buying pleasure , is a vintage late 1970’s Raleigh 753 Team Pro Bicycle.

The frame measures 54.5cm (21 ½ in.) seat tube ctr. to ctr. with a 55.5 (21 ¾ in.) top tube ctr. to ctr.

This is a very beautiful one owner bicycle that has next to no miles as is evidenced by her condition. She was stored for many, many years and has only just recently been removed from “Aladdin’s Cave” here in Southern California. Every thing is original as when the first owner had her when he owned her. I believe he had her repainted in the UK when he was stationed therewhile serving the U.S. Army.

Raleigh bicycles have a particular place in the hearts of vintage cycling buffs, especially those of us who were first introduced to lightweights in the 1970s. I fit into that category. A Raleigh Pro was my first good bicycle.

The Raleigh Team Pro 753 was the top of the line model in the late 1970’s; pure race geometry and refined workmanship were her hallmarks. She was the no holds barred handcrafted racing model which appeared to be made by different "hands”; those of the absolute master craftsman! In fact, she is an “Ilkeston” built frame!

Please take a look at:

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/John-T-Pergolizzi/Raleigh/ http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/John-T-Pergolizzi/Raleigh/

for pictures of her.

This bicycle is equipped as follows:

Serial # is SB1016 (on the underside of the b.b., drive side)

Opposite side on the bottom reads : "56" with "H142" below and to the side (my quotation marks).

Campagnolo Nuovo Record brakes with original world logo hoods

Campagnolo Super Record rear and front derailleurs. Nuovo record down tube shifters

Campagnolo Super Record fluted seatpost; 27.2, single bolt

Ofmega CX triple chainring cranks; 49x42x28 with 170mm arms

Ofmega bottom bracket movement

Campagnolo Super Record Headset

Campagnolo Super Leggero Black road pedals with Lapize toeclips and Binda toe straps.

Wheels are Campagnolo High flange Nuovo Record built up with stainless steel spokes laced cross 3 on Mavic GP 4 gray anodized tubular rims.

Vittoria Competition Rally 21 Kevlar reinforced tires, like new. MUST be glued!

Sella Royal saddle

Cinelli stem and handlebars: Campione del Mondo (63-40); later logo bars and 90cm. stem

Freewheel: Regina Futura 6 speed 14-23

Rear drop outs are drillium.

Pictures are here:

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/John-T-Pergolizzi/Motobecane/ http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/John-T-Pergolizzi/Motobecane/

For a look at the original style paint work, please go here:

<http://www.classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/Raleigh/Raleigh_team_80s .htm> http://www.classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/Raleigh/Raleigh_team_80s. htm

According to Mike Mullett of the UK, who worked for Raleigh at the time:

“Bottom Bracket shell, Ilkeston. A milling machine was set up to gang

mill the 4 slots.

Seat Bolt, definitely Ilkeston. These were threaded 8mm with very shallow heads left proud of the seat lug ears. I believe Ilkeston was the only builder to use these

Rear Brake Bridge - Ilkeston

Frame Number SB 1015 and the size of the figures matches the number stamps used, plus the size stamp 56 - Ilkeston.

Wagner crown used at Ilkeston , but a lot of builders used these

Chain Stay Bridge - Ilkeston. Usually cut from the top of a seat stay.

Drilled ends - Ilkeston. Incidentally the drillings adjacent to the rear adjustors were "blind" and very shallow so as not to weaken the ends.

The finish as someone remarked (can't remember who) very much C&G of Liverpool. The gold lining of the eyes very much a trademark of theirs.

Oversize seat stay caps may have been filed flush. BUT no holes in the head tube where the Heron badge was fitted which leads me to believe they were filled on on refinishing.

Final opinion - An Ilkeston Frame which has been refinished”

Mike did later add this caveat:

“I reckon john P's bike is 531 despite the 753 transfer. 27.2 seat post gives it away, and to the best of my knowledge 753 & 531 MAIN frames tubes were never mixed, I stress MAIN frame tubes.”

I have asked further on this subject of manyand have gotten mixed opinions. I guess the only way to know is to have a metallurgy test done.

This is a very nice fully rideable vintage road bicycle of impeccable workmanship. She has been repainted and would look absolutely stunning refinished in her original livery. This Raleigh Team Pro is one of only a few very special Team Pro models that made their way to this side of the Atlantic. She is a wonderful chance for the discriminating collector to add a true piece of cycling history to their collection.

I have lowered the price to $795.00 Shipping will be via UPS ground at actual cost. Packing has become a bear, so I will now charge $50.00 for that service. Or please just come by and pick her up.

Payment via, cash, personal check, U.S. Postal money order and PayPal.

<******* Paypal incures an extra 1 1/2% on top of the listed price so

as we will share the expence of the convienience.*******>

Thank you and enjoy.

John T.Pergolizzi