SB6560 531c Services des Courses 1984 SBDU Ilkeston Panasonic Raleigh Frame Prep

SB6560 1984 531c Services des Courses Panasonic Raleigh Frame Ready for New Bosses

I’ve been working through my collection of frames, and next on the list is SB6560, a 531c Services des Courses 1984 frame in the ’84 team Panasonic Raleigh colours. I’ve moved this up the list as I really want to get a Panasonic schemed bike built to fit in with the Raleigh Banana (SB8868) and TI-Raleigh (SB3800) that I have built in the last few months.

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A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – A Complete Bike

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Complete Bike Bars

A few weeks after receiving my frame back from Dave, and I’ve finally assembled the kit to build it.

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Frame Painted and Ready to Build

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Painted Frame Chain Stay Details

I was very excited to receive a frame sized box from the courier today and couldn’t wait to open it.

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 5

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 5 Getting Ready for Day 5

I started every morning by pulling my boots on and going to have a lovely cooked breakfast. The boots didn’t hurt so much now, the Elastoplast on each heel and big toe were doing their job well!

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 4

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 4 A Look Around Daves Workshop

Bikes are not much good if you can’t attach cables for brakes and gears, it would also be nice to carry a water bottle or two. That means that day 4 was all about ‘braze-ons’ – those little guides that you pass cables through!

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 2

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 2 Cutting Downtube Head tube mitre

Day 2 started with a plan, more pictures, sore feet, a huge blister and a tube box still full of tubes yet to be worked on…

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – Day 1

Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 1 Sub Assembly Lugs Cut

This is a little off topic, I normally keep this blog just for my SBDU Ilkeston bikes. However, I’ve just spent a fascinating week in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, with Dave Yates learning how to build a bike frame.