SB3800 1980 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 753 – Rebuild (Part Two)

SB3800 SBDU Ilkeston 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro 753 Complete

Part two of the build for SB3800, a 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro 753; I don’t know if I prefer the first part of a build when the grease and dirt is involved, or the second part when you get down to the detailing. I like both parts but for me, it is all about the details!

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SB3800 1980 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 753 – Rebuild (Part One)

SB3800 SBDU Ilkeston 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro 753

I have a few SBDU frames in the queue waiting for a rebuild. Time is just conspiring against me – It is the one factor that I lack at the moment. I sometimes manage to squeeze 30 minutes every now and again to bolt a few pieces together; it’s so frustrating having the frames and having the parts but not having the time. Even time for blogging is at a premium at the moment and most or my posts are written late at night with my eyes squinting at the bright screen. 

SB3800 1980 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 753 – Stripdown

SB3800 SBDU Ilkeston 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro 753

I take all my new bikes apart! It’s what I do. There will always be a ‘Strip down’ blog post.

I don’t want to be riding someone else’s problems. Every nut and bolt gets separated and checked and greased and re-assembled. It means that when I ride a bike, I already know all about it and any issues it might have, I don’t want any hidden gremlins spoiling the ride.

SBDU Ilkeston Metric Reynolds 753 Seat Pin Size – The Truth

SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh 1980 Metric Reynolds 753 Seatpin Size

There are many stories about the SBDU and even more about Reynolds 753 tubing. Most of these stories travel the internet, changing and evolving each time they are told. Something as simple as which seat pin size should fit a 753 frame is one of those stories. It causes the most confusion and creates some of the longest discussions whenever it is raised. Everyone seems to have an opinion about what is right; few ever seem to agree. My latest addition, SB3800, means that I may now have a couple of frames that could finally settle the seat pin debate.

SB3800 1980 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 753 – New Arrival

SB3800 SBDU Ilkeston 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro 753 Frame Details

It’s amazing what you can find on your doorstep. SB6398, an SBDU 753 with a Super Record 50th Anniversary group set was hiding less than 20 miles from me; an amazing bike, in my size too. So what do you think were the chances of finding another SBDU 753 in my size, this time in TI-Raleigh colours, within 20 miles of me? Well the chances were good, it has just happened. Say hello to SB3800, a 1980 Team Pro 753.