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.
A few weeks after receiving my frame back from Dave, and I’ve finally assembled the kit to build it.
I was very excited to receive a frame sized box from the courier today and couldn’t wait to open it.
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!
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!
Bicycle forks… how hard can they be to make…
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…
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.