Marco in Oakland’s 1983 Gios Professional

Marco notes: I selected a slightly darker purple hued blue for this Gios restoration – it complements the gold Mavic OR 10 rims nicely.


Very nice, Marco! Thank you for sharing.

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On the fence

Not sure how we feel about this.

It’s an interesting and unusual bike, to say the least.

(Note that the auction is for the frameset only.)


A chance to purchase a rare ‘DuPont’ paint scheme Rossin Professional in Columbus Max tubing!
I purchased it unridden but it had been built up at some point, so it does have some lightly chipped paint on the dropouts, front derailleur lug, one on the head tube and one underneath the chain stay.
There’s some minor shop wear as well but any marks are out of sight or quickly forgotten once built up.
I had it built with a modern/vintage mix of parts but it hasn’t been ridden enough so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it and actually ride it! (Preferably with it’s period correct Campagnolo C-Record group!)

Although there is no real consistency to Rossin frame serial number or engravings. This frame has “K S” and a number that can’t quite be read on the exposed rear left dropout. And the matching fork also has “K S” and “1” written on the fork steerer.

This frame has it all, tapered lugged MAX tubing, ‘fastback’ stays, Rossin ‘R’ fork engravings, stunning paint work!

Size on the bottom bracket is 54
53cm Top Tube (centre to centre)
53cm Seat Tube (centre to centre)
Columbus MAX tubing
‘Fastback’ seat stays
Rare ‘Du Pont’ paint

For reference I’m 171cm tall, and this was a perfect fit.

1972 Raleigh Professional MK IV DL180 “Fast Back”

Beautiful lugs, beautiful color.


You are bidding on a “hard-to-find” medium size, 1972 Raleigh Professional MK IV “Fast Back” – (Serial number # G1593) with Campagnolo components throughout, including a vintage-correct Campagnolo Record Triple Crankset. This auction also includes a vintage Raleigh “mag-turbo trainer” w/Eddy Merckx Current System and some quality replacement decals I had acquired.

Payment by PayPal only…

Seat-tube: 21.5” center of crank to top of seat tube (54.6cm). Top-tube: 21.5” center of head tube to center of seattube (54.6cm). Weight: Approximately 22lbs.

I bought this bike 15 years ago with plans to restore it. I rode it a few times during the first two months and it’s been hanging in my garage under a cover for over thirteen years. This is not a show bike, but it looks and rides really nice for a “43-YEAR-OLD-CLASSIC” road bike… and will look even nicer when it’s really cleaned up. (The bike will need new sew-ups, the derailleurs/brakes adjusted before riding, and lubrication.)

Color: Mink Blue & silver livery. Grey head-tube and bands on the seat-tube with Gold/brown pinstripe lettering, thin “Raleigh” script on the down tube, “Professional” on top tube. Carlton “belt” decal on seat tube and at top of each fork blade. Campagnolo decal on down tube above shift levers. Raleigh – “Made In Nottingham” head badge.

It has the highly sought after Brampton-Victor “Fastback” seat post lug, allen head seat post bolt. Distinctive semi-fancy “Haden Birds Mouth” lugs with triangular cutout on the seat post lug and both toptube lugs. Frame material is Reynolds 531 double butted tubing and forks. Chrome on half rear stays, half on fork blades/tips and fork crown. Cinelli sloping fork crown. Rapid taper chainstays, dimpled at BB (both sides on right stay, inside of left stay). Campy dropouts with eyelets on front and rear.

Campagnolo Throughout:

Campagnolo Triple Crankset (56,42 and 36 chainrings). Campagnolo Strada 170 crank arms. Campagnolo Record BB. Campagnolo NR front and rear derailleurs (rear: Patent–72). Campagnolo NR shifters. Campagnolo/Patent shifter covers. Campagnolo Superleggero pedals “1037 ” stamped pedal bodies with toe strap loops. Campagnolo 27.2 seat post (two-bolt/two-pin clamp). Campagnolo Record brake calipers with black Campy brake pads. Mint Campagnolo NR brake levers. Campagnolo “Globe logo” gum brake hoods. Campagnolo Record 36-hole, large flange hubs with QR skewers. Campagnolo top tube clamps. Campagnolo Record headset with stamped on bottom ring. Campagnolo “Globe logo” bar plugs (Blue Velox plugs split when packing for shipping). Brooks Professional leather saddle with small rivets. Frame with 126mm rear spacing. Six-speed freewheel (13,15, 17, 19, 21, 24), brand not visible. Rigid 700c sew-up rims. TTT Record cast alloy stem, recessed allen head on expander bolt and recessed flat round head and hex nut on clamp. GB “Map of England” engraved bars, 40cm c-c. Chain brand not visible. 700x25C sew-up tires (dried out and need to be replaced).


Again, this is not a pristine show bike. It is a 43-year-old bike that is in very nice condition, but does show some signs of use/wear. There is no major rust or major dents/damage on the frame. The chrome is shinny, but does have some light haze here and there, the paint does have some nicks, scratches and touch ups. Some of the decals are worn, but the bike comes with some high quality replacement decals that I had acquired for restoration. (I misplaced my replacement Reynolds decal, but the BUYER CAN PURCHASE A VINTAGE CORRECT REPLACEMENT “REYNOLDS 531” DECAL THROUGH “H. LLOYD CYCLES” (UK)

Raleigh Professional Track

Ahhh! Our size…


1972-1973 Raleigh Professional Track Bicycle 21 inches – $900 (Somers, CT)

1972-1973 Raleigh Professional Track Bicycle 21 inches (center to top)
Serial number G7933
Carlton initial (CC) cut out in bottom bracket shell
Red, White and Blue Steel Frame- Reynolds 531 butted tubes with large section chain stays and forks
Campagnolo components: rear cluster 17 teeth, seat post, crank set PISTA 165mm, 46 teeth, hubs – Record, pedals with leather toe straps
Stem — Cinelli
Saddle — Windsor
Rims — A.V.A.
Tape white
Tires — Clement Criterium (need replacement)
Decals – worn and cracked in areas
Beautiful paint overall with some top tube scratches

De Rosa (Professional SLX)

Attractive opening price on this one which, interestingly, does not come from the SF Bay area.


Selling this early 1980’s classic Columbus SLX tube Steel frame road bike. This De Rosa was rode by my brother in law in Northern California – who passed away a few years ago. I am not a rider so it’s up for sale to someone whom I hope will appreciate the history and reliability of this great bike. I have done my best to list below the details of the bike and if you would like any other information please contact me.

Seat Tube – 58cm, Top tube – 57cm, Wheelbase – 103cm, Standover height – 81cm.

Derailleurs, Cranks, Brakes, Hubs, Shift Levers Headset all Campagnolo Record.

Handlebars – Cinelli 66-40, Rims MAVIC MA40, Tires Continental Super Sport 25/622(700*25), Presta valve stems.

This beauty weighs just over 22 lbs. The bike is in age appropriate condition – note the scrapes in the pic’s on front and rear forks.

Postscript: the auction closed at $832. Nice price for the buyer.

We really like these..

Very, very nice.


1978 Gitane “Professional Super Corsa” vintage road racing bike, 58cm – $875 (Huntington Beach)

Rare 1978 Gitane “Professional Super Corsa” — the same model as the bicycle that won the Tour de France in 1978 (see photo of winner Bernard Hinault riding this bicycle, painted in blue). This was Gitane’s top-of-the-line model! All Campagnolo Nuovo Record parts, Reynolds 531 frame!!!

Entire bicycle has been expertly tuned-up and rides great. All parts have been hand-cleaned and polished. Tires have lots of tread left and have been reglued to rims. All parts are in good working order. Frame has no dents or dings and paint is in remarkable condition, especially considering its age. The bike was only lightly used, so although it is not “new, showroom” condition and some components have scratches, it looks and rides great. Ready to ride!

• Frame:
o Seat tube: 58 cm, center to top, 56 cm center to center
o Top tube: 58 cm cm center to center
o Reynolds 531 double-butted tubing (top of the line)
o Campagnolo dropouts and dropout screws
o Prugnat lugs with custom cutouts; forkcrown has special Gitane insignia stamped on it

• Wheels:
o Hubs: Campagnolo low flange Nuovo Record hubs and quick releases
o Matrix Iso rims (for sew-up/tubular tires), 3-cross, DT stainless steel spokes
o Clement CF 2001 sew-up/tubular tires, made in Italy

• Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record, 52-42 teeth
• Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Shift levers: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Front derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Freewheel: Maillard 6-speed, 14-22 teeth
• Chain: Sedis
• Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Seat post: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
• Saddle: Challenge Compe (made it Italy)
• Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record,
• Handlebar and stem: 3TTT, 3TTT Superleggero bars
• Includes water bottle cage
• New handlebar tape

I realize that this bike could be parted out and sold for a lot more, I just want to sell it as a complete bike (seems to me it would be a shame to do it otherwise).

Price is FIRM, cash only, no trades.

1986 De Rosa Professional SLX

Seller mistakenly calls it the “Eddie Merckx Super Prestige” (based on the top tube decal, a fallacy); we believe it’s actually a Professional SLX.

The stem would be the first thing to go, obviously. Thankfully, the seller says the original stem is included.


1986 De Rosa “Eddie Merckx Super Prestige” – $1600 (burlingame)

1986 De Rosa “Eddie Merckx Super Prestige”- single owner – original – measurements: 55 cm (c-c), 57 cm ( c-t)

I purchased this bike in 1987 in Burlingame, CA and rode it for a few years after which I placed it in dry storage. And, I never crashed it! It has been stored for at least two decades.

There has been no restoration, no paintwork etc. Nor have I detailed the bike. There are some minor chips on the top tube and some light oxidation on some hardware. It is fitted entirely with Campagnolo equipment including the crank set, pedals, brake levers, seat post, headset, bottom bracket, front and rear derailleur, shifters, hubs, etc. The bars are ttt. Rims are Nisi.

The original Campy stem comes with the bike. This classic bike needs a good home.