After a few diversions with other Raleigh frames, I’m back to my 753 Team Pro. A lot has been happening although it’s still not quite there… yet…
My OCD leads me into not wanting to accept anything other than perfect when I’m looking for parts. That means I want NOS. If I can’t find NOS or can’t afford the price of NOS then I struggle. By far the most difficult thing to track down were the rims – Mavic SSC.
I’ve seen lots on the internet but at silly silly prices; then one day, a 36H pair appeared, NOS, in perfect condition – a little bit of peeling from the MAVIC sticker but I can cope with that. The price was still high but at least half the money of anything else I had seen. Although the standard spec on the Team was 32H, I couldn’t pass up these rims in the condition that they were in. It’s not often these rims come along for sale and when they do, they are mainly used and with the braking marks on the side wall; my OCD would freak!
I was also treated to some really nice 36H Record hubs for my birthday. Super smooth and shiny with no corrosion on the QRs, a 126mm rear axle – perfect again!
Still no spokes though – that is going to be a separate search altogether!
After a little more research I decided to go for a 6sp Regina freewheel and Regina chain. Now I am getting on a little and could probably very easily go for some lower gearing but I decided to go for something that I would have fitted if I was buying this 30 years ago – so that’s why I’ve gone for a 13-18 straight through block.
I don’t intend to ride this bike much, but it will get ridden. However, that gearing means that most of the riding will be down hill with the wind behind me!!
Although it’s not a NOS seat pin; yes, the price of a NOS was just stupid, the Super Record pin I found was in excellent condition. The most important point to look for was marks above the limit line. Normally seat pins get shoved into ill prepared seat tubes, they get twisted in and out and typically the alloy pin will get gouged with the imperfections on the inside of the seat tube.
Mine is clean above the limit line and at 27.0, it is a perfect fit for the older metric 753 tubing.
With regard to handlebars and stem, I always rode Cinelli; I never liked the look of 3TTT or ITM. Luckily, the Team spec’d Cinelli. I prefered the XA stem but the spec on the Team was normally the 1A so that is what I went for. Cinelli have recently re-introduced the 1A stem but with a 26.0 centre ferrule. If I want to keep the build period, I need handlebars and stem from the period with the 26.4 centre ferrule. I went for some NOS Campione Del Mondo bars and a NOS 1A stem, correct for the 1980 period.
You might have noticed from the picture above that there is a lovely Super Record brake lever clamped to those NOS Cinelli handlebars.
That brake lever comes from yet another NOS find; a complete Super Record brakeset in pristine condition, again correct for the period of 1980.
I’ve seen so many nice but used brake sets; some have perished adjusters, worn lever hoods, part worn brake blocks, scratched levers and non Campagnolo cables. This set is in mint condition with no marks at all.
So, it’s nearly there…
and what’s left to do…
- Clips and Straps
- Record Pedals
- Berg Union Spokes (and build the wheels)
- Clement Tubs
- White Benotto Tape
If I’m lucky, I may be riding this very soon…