SB7121 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753T 1985 Silver Solder Head Lug

SB7121 Reynolds 753T 1985 SBDU Ilkeston – Seeking Answers Under the Paint

Sometimes my frames come to me without any signs of originality meaning that I can’t accurately identify them. There is seldom a known history to accompany a 2nd hand frame. SB7121 was a classic example of this. I bought it on a whim, based on a basic description which indicated that it was probably a Reynolds 753 frame. The frame number dated it to 1985 and it had a hand painted finish with ‘Wheel Craft’ frame transfers, but underneath the paint, it was 100% an SBDU. I wrote an initial blog post on the frame but always wanted to come back and dig deeper and take a proper look into what it was.

SB7121 1985 753R SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Road Frame

SB7121 SBDU Ilkeston 1985 Reynolds 753R Documented

I really do like to know everything I can about the frames in my collection. I like to be able to answer the “how long?” and the “how big?” and the “what is it?” type of questions for all my bikes.

SB7121 1985 753R SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh

SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh SB7121 1985 Reynolds 753R New Arrival

This is a little bit of an oddball. It’s not even my size, a touch too small at 54 cm, but it was cheap and I wasn’t going to turn down an SBDU frame at the price I offered.