SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – Rebuild (Part One)

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Shimano 600EX Brake Levers

Sometimes my plans for builds go smoothly and sometimes those plans stall and start to back up. I started the rebuild of SB1861 a little while ago when I brought some gleaming shine back to the original paint. But since then, I’ve had a few new frames join the collection, and they jumped straight to the front of the queue. SB518, SB8851 and SB664 have all arrived, they’ve been photographed, documented and blogged about, so now it is time to clamp SB1861 back into the work stand and get this original 1977 SBDU bike back on the road.

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SB518 1976 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – New Arrival

SB518 SBDU Ilkeston 1976 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 Double Butted Blog Header

After selling one of my frames a few years ago (SB447), I promised myself that I wouldn’t sell another. These frames are sought after and I get lots of requests to part with them, but I decline them all. My frames form a very important collection – they document the materials, styles and features that Raleigh’s Specialist Bicycle Development Unit (SBDU) used throughout the lifetime of the unit and I’m close to having an example of most of these styles. However, I had a frame that was a duplicate of another and so I took the opportunity when it came to swap it, with the intention of enhancing my collection.

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – Frame Restore

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Restored Header

The last time you saw this frame, it was dirty, greasy, dusty and covered in spider’s webs. The parts were rusty and some were even beyond help. But after a few days and some hard work and elbow grease, the frame for SB1861 is looking so much better; although it did give me a bit of a issue.

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – Stripdown

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Frame Header

I’ve been itching to take this bike to pieces and to get my first good look at the detail of this frame and today was the day. I purposely haven’t taken many photos of the stripdown process as my hands are usually too oily and dirty to handle the camera, Karen would not be happy if I got oil and grease on the camera kit! But don’t worry, there are still lots of images and there will be lots more when I come to put this little bike back together.

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – New Arrival

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531 TI-Raleigh Team Pro BB

Bikes do not get more original than this! Original owner, original paint and original components. After a 500 mile round trip, SB1861 is on the workbench.

SB1861 dates to late 1977/early 1978 (there will be more on the date in the next post); it is built from Reynolds 531 Double Butted tubing with all the features you would expect for this era 531 SBDU Ilkeston frame. Original frames like this are so important for confirming paint and features on my SBDU timeline. 

Jan Raas TI-Raleigh SBDU Track Bike JR178T 1978 Frame Size

Jan Raas JR 1 78 T SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Skol 6 Day 1978 - Picture Credit John Pierce PhotoSport International UK USA Asia

Of all the frames in my SBDU collection, this Track frame is by far the most fascinating and prized. An actual frame once ridden by Jan Raas. Raas was one of, if not the most famous rider to be part of TI-Raleigh. There is too much about him and his successes to list in this post, just have a look at his Wikipedia page to see what I mean.

1977 TI-Raleigh Team Pro SB1688 Reynolds 531 SBDU Ilkeston New Arrival

SB1688 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531

Frame number 12 of the current collection arrived! This is SB1688, a 56cm Reynolds 531 frame made in the middle to latter part of 1977.

1982 Raleigh Catalogue Featuring Jan Raas Track Frame JR178T from SBDU Ilkeston

Raleigh Catalogue 1982 Featuring JR178T Jan Raas Track Frame

While I was trawling through the multitude of sites on the Internet related to Raleigh literature, I found this catalogue. I believe it is from 1982. I know, I lead an exciting life!!

Jan Raas TI-Raleigh Professional Team Track Frame Reynolds 531 1978 JR178T

Jan Raas JR 1 78 T SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Frame Number

When you think about the TI-Raleigh team and the riders that rode for it, most people probably come out with a few names. Joop Zoetemelk is one, for his 1980 Tour win; the next name could well be Jan Raas