Gallery: Darrell’s 1973 Raleigh Competition

1973 Raleigh Competition
1973 Raleigh Competition

The Quintessential English Lightweight with a Decidedly French Italian Accent

This was my general concept for Compo: Build a Raleigh Competition with of the era components that complement, possibly even improve on the original. Vision: If I were the age I was in 1973 (22 years of age) would this be a bike that I’d really be proud of owning and riding? To add to that, this is what I think Raleigh might have built if they had offered a Campagnolo Gruppo option for the early seventies Competitions. There were several challenges to overcome, not the least of which was the Huret dropouts. I bought a bare frame on eBay to build the project. I decided to stay with the 27 inch wheel format and used components mostly from the seventies and early eighties. It’s easy to do ol’ school, when you are ol’ school.

Darrell Yarborough
Arlington Heights, IL

  • Frame — 1973 Raleigh Competition — Reynolds 531 — 22.5 inch (~57cm)
  • Powdercoating — Powdercoat Studio, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Wheels — Homebuilt
  • Vintage Campagnolo Tipo Hubs Drilled & Polished by Peter Weigle
  • Sun M13II Alloy Rims
  • DT Swiss Double Butted Spokes
  • Tires — Panaracer Pasela Tourguard 27×1.00
  • Stem — Vintage GB 70mm
  • Headset — Tange Seiki 26.4mm
  • Handlebars — GB Drop Bars – Marked British Made 54 — Measure 38cm C to C
  • Tape — Newbaum’s Black Cotton with Clear Shellac
  • Brake Levers — Weinmann
  • Brakes — Vintage Weinmann 610 Vainquer 999 Center Pull — Yokozuna Brake Pads
  • Crankset — circa 1981 Campagnolo Gran Sport 42/52 T NOS
  • Rear Derailleur — Campagnolo Nuovo Record circa 1972
  • Front Derailleur — Campagnolo Nuovo Record NOS
  • Freewheel — IRD Defiant 13-15-17-20-24
  • Bottom Bracket — Modern Campagnolo Veloce Sealed BB 115.5mm (2.5mm Spacer on Drive Side)
  • Pedals — MKS Sylvan Stream
  • Chain — Wipperman Connex 808
  • Saddle — Vintage Brooks Professional (Thanks Uncle Fred)
  • Seatpost — SR Sakae 27.0mm
  • Reproduction Decals — Cyclomondo, Australia
  • Black Silca Frame Pump – Campagnolo Pump Umbrella

7 Responses to “Gallery: Darrell’s 1973 Raleigh Competition”

  • steve says:


    I restored a 1973 Raleigh Pro last year – a wonderful bike.

  • Bill Lambert says:

    Very nice!

  • arevee says:

    That’s a really tasteful restoration. Nice job! Why did you decide to keep it 27″ wheels? I have a ’71 Schwinn Sports Tourer and recently replaced hubs/wheels. I kept it at 27″, but tire availability is limited. In retrospect, I wish I had chosen 700c rims.

  • Mel Hughes says:

    Darrell, That is a BEAUTIFUL restoration! You and I are the same age (turned 23 in December 1973.) I can remember drooling over Raleigh Competitions back then. Only I think yours is considerably nicer than any I ever saw. Great Bike!

  • Darrell says:

    @ arevee
    The reason was twofold: 1) I knew I’d have no problem with the brakes (Weinmann Center Pull 610) & 2) I didn’t think anything was more appropriate than my favorite tire, Panaracer Pasela Tourguards (this bike has 27×1 tires) Not period correct (not sure really) but really nice tires.

  • steve says:

    Here are a couple of shots of my 73 Raleigh Pro

    all original campy and I stayed with 27″ wheels.

  • Rudy says:

    Drool! You could make a living renting this bike to nerds such as myself. I’d probably just stare at it and gently caress it for the first half hour. Just look away…

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