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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:30 pm 
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I've just bought a 1982 Ti Raleigh Team replica (the Reynolds 531 version). It comes pretty much original except for a more recent saddle.

What saddle might have been used with this bike by a serious racer in 1982? I fancy a Brooks Professional, but am not sure if they were beginnging to be thought of as too heavy for racing bikes by that time.

Any retro suggestions gratefully received!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:40 pm 
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Cinelli Unica Nitor.


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It would have to be a leather covered Unica by then. When did Turbo's appear? They were very popular in the 80's.


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Hello, new here so be gentle...
im sure the saddle that was on that bike would of been a black rolls with the gold strip on the back with gold rails.


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pembspablo wrote:
Hello, new here so be gentle...
im sure the saddle that was on that bike would of been a black rolls with the gold strip on the back with gold rails.


You could very well be right..............

I've got one in my shed so I should have thought of that myself............... :oops:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:07 am 
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Thanks for the ideas - the Unica is a definite option.

I had thought that the classic Rolls was slighlty later but may be wrong about that.

Would a Brooks have been used still in early 80s?

It's often hard to see what was saddle was being used in photos taken at the time.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:03 am 
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I think the 2 most common ones are the Selle Italia Turbo and the San Marco Concor. A Turbo from 1982 would have "Bernard Hinault" on it, which was dropped a few years later when Hinault went over to the Rolls, I think.

I agree the Rolls first came out a bit later, perhaps 1985.

I'd think you would have to go back to the 60s to find anyone using a leather (Brooks type) saddle on a racing bike.

edit for typo


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:18 am 
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fiks wrote:

I'd think you would have to go back the 60s to find anyone using a leather (Brooks type) saddle on a racing bike.


Many thanks fiks - I do love the Brooks Pro with its brass rivets so may go for that anyway!


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Make sure it's the later-type Unica-Nitor, with the "winged C" Cinelli logo.

Certainly correct on 1981/82 bikes: It's what's on my Gios and was team spec.

Good luck finding one though. They can go for crazy money. I was lucky to find a NOS one for $50.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:45 pm 
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In my time trialling days I can remember seeing a Rolls on a mates bike. 1981 so that might be ok


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