SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660 – Complete

Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Randonneur 531 1985 SB7660 Gearing

I’m really happy with how this rebuild has turned out! I didn’t want to carry out a full nut and bolt strip down, clean and polish; I just wanted to get this bike back on the road again and make it 100% mechanically perfect!

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SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660 – Starting the Rebuild

Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Randonneur 531 1985 SB7660 Cable Guide Rivet Fitted

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did the strip down on this frame, but just before I started the full re-build, I re-fitted the headset for my previous post so that I could get it into the studio for some photographs.

SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660 – Stripdown

Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh SB7660 1985 Randonneur Front and Rear View

I always expect old bikes to be problematic when I come to take them apart. They are often suffering from years of neglect and lack of maintenance. This one however, was easy!

SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660

Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Randonneur 531 1985 SB7660 Colour

There I was, enjoying a quiet Sunday evening watching TV and browsing eBay, when a bike with an SB serial number popped up. The frame number was SB7660 and it was an Ilkeston Randonneur.