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

SB6560 Frame Repair

It is Easter and I am loving the amount of time I’ve had in the workshop this weekend. I’m getting stuck into a couple of projects. Today is the turn of SB6560, a 531c 1984 Services des Courses frame that needs a small frame repair. I prepped the frame for this repair a few weeks ago and now have some time to finish the job.

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SB5794 1983 SBDU Ilkeston Metric 531c Fitting New Vittoria Tubular Tyres

SB5794 1983 531c SBDU Ilkeston Mavic GP4 Wheel Rebuild Continental Rim Cement

I thought I had moved away from using tubs, but I had second thoughts about them after I decided to rebuild the wheels on SB5794 with some MAVIC GP4 rims. So using GP4 rims and having no choice, I’ve been dragged back into the process of prepping rims and tubs, and the smell of rim cement is floating around the workshop while I’m picking dried cement from my finger tips! The memories are flooding back…

SB5794 1983 SBDU Ilkeston Metric 531c Wheel Rebuild with MAVIC GP4 and Shimano 600EX 6208

SB5794 1983 531c SBDU Ilkeston Mavic GP4 Wheel Rebuild Transfer Stocks

It’s been a little while, but SB5794 is finally getting the wheels that it deserves! When I initially built this bike I just used the set of wheels that came with the 6207/6208 600EX group when I bought it; those wheels had Shimano 6400 7 speed hubs (I fitted a 6 speed cassette to be compatible with the gear levers). The wheels also had later period MAVIC MA40 clincher rims, and I always intended to bring the wheels back to period spec by using some old MAVIC GP4 rims I had from a previous bike, with some correct spec 6207/6208 hubs I had picked up. Fitting these hubs will complete the group set, and it will be nice to experience tubular tyres again… Won’t it?

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.

The Geometry of an SBDU Ilkeston Services des Courses Road Frame SB6560

SBDU SB6560 Ilkeston Panasonic Raleigh 1984 Geometry

The “Services des Courses” frameset is described by the SBDU at Ilkeston as “…out and out ‘Team Issue’ framesets embodying our current thinking on design and construction…”

SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Reynolds 531c SB5794 Back on the Road

SBDU Ilkeston TI Raleigh SB5794 Shimano 600EX

It’s a new year and my first day off so I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than building a bike and writing my first blog post of 2016.

Shimano DURA-ACE 7400 Series – Is That A Perfect Partner for an SBDU Ilkeston Frame

Shimano Dura-Ace 7400 1984 6 Speed SIS

I normally write about what I’ve been up to with builds, but sometimes I just need to get some of my ramblings and thoughts written down as it helps me to work out what to do.

SB6560 1984 Panasonic-Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Services des Courses – A Close Up Look

SBDU Ilkeston Panasonic Raleigh Services des Courses Reynolds 531 1984 SB6560

It has arrived… it took a few weeks and was a bit of a saga, but it is here at last, and it is time to measure up and find out exactly what I have.

SBDU Ilkeston 1984 Raleigh Panasonic Services des Courses SB6560

SBDU Ilkeston Services des Courses SB6560 1984 Raleigh Panasonic

My latest purchase… very exciting but not much to write yet as I haven’t got my hands on it.

SBDU Ilkeston TI Raleigh Reynolds 531c 1982 SB5794 It’s a bit of a Mystery

SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh SB5794 1982 Measuring

It’s been a few weeks since this little frame arrived, so after the small change of subject and posts about Dave Yates and his brilliant frame building course, it is back to the SBDU and Ilkeston built bikes.