My latest purchase… very exciting but not much to write yet as I haven’t got my hands on it. If you watch the internet and classifieds long enough, you will see badly, mis-understood and mis-represented frames come along that are more than what they appear to be.
This was advertised as a ‘British Raleigh built at Worksop’, which is 50% correct but is missing so much more information. It wasn’t built at Worksop, it was built at Ilkeston SBDU – the SB frame number shows its SBDU pedigree. The Cinelli BB shell shows a bit more pedigree. The Cinelli BB together with Cinelli fork crown and Cinelli lugs and frame number tab point towards the ‘Services des Courses’ frame produced by SBDU as the ‘Definitive frame for International racing’. One fact that was correct was that it was a ’57 cm’ frame – that is stamped into the frame and it is my size!
It does unfortunately, come with some issues, but the price was right and the risk is worth it. I think it has had a respray at some point, the Reynolds 531 decals both on the frame and forks do not look correct. Various decals are missing such as the Ilkeston Oval on the front of the top of the seat tube together with some of the Panasonic yellow and red banding.
The main issue is that the down tube gear lever bosses have been partially removed with a hacksaw. However, this is a straight forward job to repair and will include minimal paint loss so should be easy to touch up. That will probably be my first frame building related job following my course with Dave Yates. Knowing how to repair a frame and having the facilities to do this is going to be such an advantage with classic steel frames.
The frame needs a lot more research when I receive it.
Is it 531 or 753? The 531 decals look wrong but can I find out exactly what it should be?
Is it a ‘Services des Courses’? The frame number tab can be added at any time during a subsequent renovation. But a full set of Cinelli lugs (Seat Lug, 2 x Head Tube Lugs, BB Shell and Fork Crown) – you wouldn’t ‘add’ those during a renovation – they need to be there when it is initially built.
The plan is to do a partial renovation including new gear lever bosses and new decals.
More to come very soon on this frame and the move in 1983/1984 from the TI-Raleigh team to Raleigh Panasonic!