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Frame Preservation Required. A Bargain New Arrival with Issues and a Missing Fork. An Original SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Under £100

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro

One of my top collecting aims is to document and preserve the originality of SBDU frames, especially the TI-Raleigh scheme. This scheme is one of the most recognisable in cycling history. But it’s also the one that renovators get wrong so often. So frame preservation and securing those details is key with this example.

This frame came my way via an email tip from a friend who sent me a link to the eBay ad. I sent a message with an offer of 100 euro, and it was accepted. At the time (mid December), that equated to £84.

The TI-Raleigh Scheme

I wrote my longest blog post about the TI-Raleigh scheme. That post details the TI scheme over the years from 1974 to 1983 and includes detailed descriptions of which type of transfer to use and where to place them. It also covers the three different paint processes that seem to have been used at the SBDU. I can’t write posts like that without access to lots of original examples, and it is even better if those examples are within my collection. Therefore, any frame I can add that can backup my research is welcome.

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Details
SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Head Badge

Frame Date

SB1038, according to the timeline I put together, dates to the start of 1977. It’s tough putting an accurate date to the start of a year. So I know the definition I use isn’t 100% accurate, it could be late 76 / early 77. For my blog though, I follow my timeline, so it will be listed under 1977.

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Frame Number

As this frame is pre 1978, it has TEAM RALEIGH on the top tube and RALEIGH on the down tube.

Frame Condition

Most of the frame is solid and the paint, although very grubby and dirty, is in good order. It will definately need a good clean and polish, but I’ll need to deal with some rust areas first. The front of the top tube is the worst area, with a small patch on the down tube directly below. Maybe it has been a turbo training bike at some point in it’s life. It appears to have had brackets to hold a bottle cage to the seat tube, there are two well defined circles of rust which would have been a water bottle location.

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Rust Issues

Some of those areas will require a careful application of Kurust as they are very close to transfers.

I guess the absence of the original fork is a shame. However, that price more than makes up for it. This is going to be a good frame, at the max end of my riding size. I should be able to pick up a good Reynolds 531 fork in the SBDU style to add to this frame.

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Frame

What’s The Plan

Checking My Data

In the coming weeks I’ll put my TI-Raleigh scheme blog post to the test by comparing it to this frame. There are hints on this frame from the various marks and scratches and transfer deterioration that give clues to the different layers of paint and which paint process this frame falls under.

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Paint Detail

Frame Preservation

SB1038 requires very careful frame preservation. Some transfers are delicate and the rust probably looks worse than it is. But I want to keep this frame looking like this. What I mean is that I don’t want to add any paint or replace any transfers and make it look ‘restored’. It will get a quick clean, followed by Kurust and then a rub over with paint renovator and finally a polish.

Hopefully the outcome will be a more solid, but similar looking frame, only cleaner and with a bit of a shine!

SB1038 Late 1976 Early 1977 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro Frame Only

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1 Comment

  1. Felix Junker

    Good stuff, Neil. Glad it work out and you snapped up a bargain. I have SB1401 in team colours with almost identical corrosion on the top tube where the front cable guide is sitting. The rest of the paint is probably better then this frame. Will contact you on that separately. Was thinking of a partial respray of the top tube only but may now reconsider….keen to see the next post on that frame to see how it cleans up and is conserved.

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