Re: [CR]69 Raleigh Pro frame on ebay - a slight caution

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From: Sterling Peters <>
Subject: Re: [CR]69 Raleigh Pro frame on ebay - a slight caution
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 14:04:44 -0700

Larry, the story about it being a 68 German Olympic team copy is what I was told eather by Mike Kone or Brian Baylis, I think but I can not remember for sure, which one of them if eather. But I think it is true, it makes sense to me. Can any one out there back this up? Sterling

>From: Larry Osborn <>
>Subject: [CR]69 Raleigh Pro frame on ebay - a slight caution
>Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 16:45:01 -0400
>Greetings closet vexillologists and future Raleigh-phobes
>Saw this on ebay today, and recognized at least one bidder as a group
>member, so thought I would just throw in a quick little caution.
>Frame does indeed appear to be a repainted 69 Raleigh Pro frame, and the
>absence of any chrome is correct for that year/model. However, I just have
>to question the description of the model as being "a replica of the 68
>German Olympic team bikes", as justified by the original paint scheme of
>white with red, black, orange colored bands on the seattube, the bands
>being "the colors of the German flag". Almost had me going with that one,
>it seemed so logical, and I'm more accustomed to seeing the old white ones
>repainted metallic blue/grey to disguise them as the (usually) more
>desireable later model, so the honest and open admission that it was a
>repaint put me off guard. The original paint scheme is described
>correctly, BUT the rest of the story may just be a little "creative
>salesmanship". Perhaps soon to become just another bit of vintage
>misinformation folklore. If anybody can verify this story, I'd like to
>hear it. But for now I have to doubt it. The German flag has black, red,
>and yellow bands top to bottom. Not quite a color match with the Pro, and
>also a different order top to bottom.
>Not trying to deter potential bidders. Nothing to gain. Nothing to lose.
>Not my size. Frame looks fine. It is what it is, just an old Raleigh, but
>nothing more. You can wrap it in the flag (or the "vexillum", if you prefer
>latin), but the clothes have no emperor.
>All answers questioned
>Larry "with white Raleigh Pros strapped to my toes" Osborn
>Miles-from-Nowhere, WV