SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – Rebuild (Part One)

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Shimano 600EX Brake Levers

Sometimes my plans for builds go smoothly and sometimes those plans stall and start to back up. I started the rebuild of SB1861 a little while ago when I brought some gleaming shine back to the original paint. But since then, I’ve had a few new frames join the collection, and they jumped straight to the front of the queue. SB518, SB8851 and SB664 have all arrived, they’ve been photographed, documented and blogged about, so now it is time to clamp SB1861 back into the work stand and get this original 1977 SBDU bike back on the road.

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SB8868 753R Services des Courses 1988 SBDU Nottingham Raleigh Banana Ready to Build

SB8868 SBDU Nottingham Reynolds 753R Raleigh Banana Frame

I’ve been collecting a few items for this build since getting my hands on the frame in December last year. It’s been a bit of a stretch as Christmas has drained funds, but I now think I’ve got all the components needed to get this built. I’m not putting myself through the ordeal of going for a period correct team build. Instead, I’m going for all the things that I love in bikes and bike components. This means I will actually come close to team spec, but retain some freedom to tailor the build for the parts that I like and the overall look that I prefer.

TI-Raleigh Joop Zoetemelk Team Bike Specification from SBDU

TI-Raleigh 1980 Team Bike Specification SBDU SB4059 Campagnolo Super Record

I’m frequently asked about the specification of TI-Raleigh’s team bikes. The most popular search terms I see on my blog stats and the most viewed blog posts relate to ‘specifications’. However, the question about specification isn’t an easy question to answer by any means! Professional teams, not just TI-Raleigh, had a range of kit they would use. Each race was different and each stage of each race was different. Different gear ratios were used, different derailleurs, different rims, different tubs, depending on the road surface, conditions and stage type. Each rider was also different. So how do you answer that question when there are so many variables?