Specialist Bicycle Development Dept? Yes, more of that in a future post.
But for now, it’s all about SB1995, and the work I did to establish when this frame was renovated. I’ve just re-read my own post and still surprise myself that I used nothing more than small details and transfers to narrow down the renovation of SB1995 to a period of 154 frames, between SB5640 and SB5794.
Before reading on, please have a read of that original post HERE.
Now you are up to date, I can continue.
So long story short, I proved in that post using data points that SB1995 was renovated at some point between the end of 1982 and the start of 1983. And it felt good that I could use my knowledge of these frames to be able to do this. However, I always like to test my data and my blog posts, but I was probably destined to never know if I was correct about this frame… until this week.
I’ve had SB1995 for over a year and then a few days ago, Martin emailed out of the blue.
You will recall the repainted SBDU gold frame you came down to Oxford to pick up. I’ve found the letter from G. O’Donovan to me about the respray — and I can send it to you if you’d like, to prove how right you were. I’d need your terrestrial address if you’re interested.
All the best
I said YES, send it. This was a chance to actually prove if I was right. His email sounded positive.
After a long weekend, I arrived home from work and the letter was on the door mat. And I thought, what better way to open this letter than on video?
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Here is the letter, I’ve removed some details such as Martin’s address. It had a covering note from Martin which was just as positive as his initial email…
Herewith the letter for you records. Your researches were all spot on, I think.
All the best, Martin.
Letter from Gerald O’Donovan
There are a couple of interesting points about that letter not connected to SB1995 that I’ll pick up in future posts. One point is the name in the letterhead, “Specialist Bicycle Development Dept”. The other is the shipment of frames to the team. But for now, look at that date, “7th April 1983”.
The letter demonstrates that by the time it was dated, Martin’s frame was already on its way back following renovation. SB1995 must therefore have been renovated in early 1983 – just as I had said.
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