My site has taken over all of my spare time recently. I’ve been expanding it so I can let people in, creating an area that others can take part in. While I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes, I’ve also kept one eye on what’s available. SB3235 popped up at just the right time, but on the wrong forum. I’ve made no secret of the fact that eBay isn’t favourite place to search for frames. I really do dislike the mad scramble that pushes up prices way past their actual worth. However, this seller was open to offers, I made an offer and my offer was accepted. Within 4 days this new SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 frame had made it’s way all the way from Germany to my workbench.
Now that my collection has grown so big, I really do have to “double think” every frame I look at and try to find a valid reason to why I might want it.
SB3235 is in original paint and the images I had seen showed a used frame, but one that was in good condition. That was one consideration ticked – it was original! In terms of filling gaps, it did just that, it is a 1979 Road frame, something I don’t already have, another consideration ticked – it filled a gap! It is in the really lovely blue/black Raleigh SBDU colour scheme. This is a scheme I’ve always liked and something you don’t see too often. Another consideration ticked – it is an unusual colour! And finally, my collection is also about putting things together and creating smaller sub-collections, and SB3235 is the perfect Road frame partner to SH377T, my 1977 Reynolds 753 Track frame. Another consideration ticked – it creates a smaller sub-collection!
For a change, and maybe as a new feature, I did a short video of it’s arrival. There’s no better feeling than opening a box, peeling back the packing and seeing what you have been sent for the very first time. I love seeing brand new arrivals, my eyes seem to scan so much of the details.
SB3235 dates to the later part of 1979 based on my own SBDU date timeline. It displays all the period features of an SBDU Reynolds 753 frame. This includes an RGF bottom bracket shell, Prugnat 62D lugs, single taper seat stays, large oversize seat stay caps and drilled Campagnolo 1010/B frame ends with the Portacatena fittings.
Paint condition is ok. It is a solid frame with no dents but you can tell that this frame has had a good life. However, all the tubes look great and all the transfers are there. The Reynolds 753 transfer has done what so many others do, it shrinks and deteriorates, but it is still identifiable. The SBDU chainstay ovals have also faded, they have been wiped thousands of times over the last 40 years.
So overall, I’m very happy with this new addition. It is original, it shows its age but still stands out as a great frame.
The frame size is 55cm (SBDU BB Stamped size) – measured from centre of the BB to the tip of the seat lug.
The fork doesn’t have a stamped number but it does have a black felt marker number which is similar to other bikes I have in the collection. I can just about make out the ‘3’ and the ‘5’ but the two numbers in the middle have faded.
The fork displays the period external semi sloping type crown and blade stiffeners. The front Campagnolo ends are drilled, matching the rear 1010/B. The fork crown is the area of this frame that has had the most touch up paint applied (and not very well), but I’m happy to leave it as it is.
A Matching Pair
The big appeal about this frame was that colour scheme – they just don’t exist in any numbers. Just seeing frames in this colour doesn’t happen every day, so owning one is amazing. However, being able to place it side by side to SH377T is even better. SB3235 is its road going cousin.
I like putting combinations like this together. I did something similar with SB8868 and SB9000, a 753R road frame and 753R track frame, both in the iconic Raleigh Banana colours. These are also in original paint.
And that is it for now, SB3235 is fresh out of the delivery box. I think the next time I look at this frame it will receive a clean and polish to revive that original paint and put some shine back into those tubes.