The bike is a 1978 Raleigh Professional, a bike that I had eyed a lot when I was a teenager in the late 70s. I never had that kind of money back then though, so it wasn't until a few years ago I finally got my hands on one. It's a handsome bike, and a very nice riding one, but over the years I found I was riding it less and less. Part of the reason was the "sewup" tires which are trickier to mount and repair than conventional tires, but I also found the "race" orientation of the bike just made it one that I rode less often than my more "general purpose" bikes.
Like most better racing bikes of its era, the Pro was equipped with Campagnolo components, the Nuovo Record group to be exact. Very nice stuff, just about top of the line back then... the only thing "better" was Super Record, with some titanium bits in the mix. Solid, reliable, and beautiful, these old Campy parts were beyond my reach in '78, but I've since owned several bikes set up with them, and I have to say, while folks used to modern indexed shifting systems and integrated shift/brake levers might not appreciate them, they work great and hold up for years.
Brakes are a nice set of Tektro dual pivot sidepulls... much more powerful than the original Campy Record brakes. Finally, the wheels were built up on Shimano Tiagra hubs, using double butted stainless steel spokes and Mavic Open Sport rims, for solid but light wheels. Last but not least, we mounted Panaracer Pasela tires, a favorite of mine, in 28mm width, for a nice balance of speed and comfort.
My friend has only had a chance to take a short ride on it so far... we got a major snow storm a few days after he picked it up... but based on his first impressions, he's going to like this bike a lot. Light and nimble, classically styled but with modern updates, I think it's a winner. I'll let you know how it works out in the long run as he gets more opportunities to ride the bike this spring.