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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Blog

I have written hundreds of posts about the SBDU, their frames and a few other random topics. Have a browse, scroll through the pages, click the links and have a read.

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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Collection So Many Colours

My SBDU Collection… What’s Been Happening Recently?

It's always nice to sit down and have a think about where my SBDU collection is and to plan where ...
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SB4944 SBDU Ilkeston Team Reynolds 531SL

SB4944 1982 SBDU TI-Raleigh Reynolds 531SL Aero

An SBDU 531SL Aero frame? SB4944 was an impulse buy from quite some time ago. I saw it listed on ...
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SB2589 Raleigh Ilkeston SBDU 'Special' Reynolds 753 1978 Road Frame

SB2589 Raleigh Ilkeston SBDU ‘Special’ Reynolds 753 1978 Road Frame – New Arrival

I've bought a few frames from Hilary Stone over the years. He's been the source for some of my best ...
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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Forum Members Image Galleries

In a previous blog post I introduced the new TI-Raleigh SBDU forums which are part of a larger 'Community' project ...
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My TI-Raleigh SBDU SB3235 Reynolds 753 1979 Frame Header

SB3235 Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 1979 Road Frame – New Arrival

My site has taken over all of my spare time recently. I've been expanding it so I can let people ...
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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Community Forum (Profile)

A New TI-Raleigh SBDU Forum

I must be slightly mad for creating a TI-Raleigh SBDU Forum, this has the potential to really increase my blog ...
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SB1995 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 Seat Pins

Imperial Diameter Tubing Reynolds 753 Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston 1978 Road Frame SB1995 Seat Pin Size

My previous post turned up a couple of surprises about SB1995. The first, smaller surprise, was the owner's initials on ...
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SB1995 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 Frame Tubing

Metric Diameter Tubing? Reynolds 753 Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston 1978 Road Frame SB1995

"Never assume with the SBDU". That is a phrase I say a lot. It is a mantra I repeat when ...
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SB1995 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 Road Frame and Fork

Reynolds 753 Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston 1978 Road Frame SB1995 – Renovation Date

Recollections are a funny thing. Could you remember details or be precise about a specific date from maybe only a ...
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SB1995 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 Road Frame Fork Transfer

SB1995 Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 753 1978 Road Frame – New Arrival

It was a Thursday evening a couple of weeks ago, and as usual I was sitting in front of the ...
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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Collection

Sorting, Arranging, Displaying – Finally Seeing the Efforts of my SBDU Obsession

I've been collecting for years. I can go for what seems like a lifetime without a new addition while at ...
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SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Restored Header

SB1861 1977 SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 – Back in the Workstand

A lot has happened since this bike last graced my workstand. I've just checked through my posts and I last ...
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SB4059 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 753 Frame and Fork Super Record Chainset

For the Love of the SBDU. Building a Collection and Writing a Blog

I guess it's a passion... it didn't start out like this and I never intended it to be like this, ...
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SB518 SBDU Ilkeston 1976 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 531 Double Butted Frame and Fork

My TI-Raleigh SBDU 2019 Projects: SB518 1976 Reynolds 531 Road Frame

SB518 is the third frame I have lined up this year to be painted in the TI-Raleigh colours (it's nice ...
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SB632 1976 SBDU Ilkeston 753 Track Ends Repair

My TI-Raleigh SBDU 2019 Projects: SB632 Reynolds 753 Track Pursuit Frame

I have a few 2019 projects to complete and this is the second such project that happens to be a ...
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Roy Schuiten 1975 GP Lugano and Grand Prix des Nations Bike Restored

Roy Schuiten GP Lugano and Grand Prix des Nations 1975 TI-Raleigh Bike

Back in March 2018, a short but interesting email dropped into my Inbox... I am the son off Roy Schuiten ...
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Jan Raas JR 1 78 T SBDU Ilkeston TI-Raleigh Track Frame

My TI-Raleigh SBDU 2019 Projects: Jan Raas JR178T Reynolds 531 Double Butted Track Frame

This frame has eventually made it to the top of my list of projects. This is a Jan Raas frame ...
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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Workshop Toolbox

A Review of My SBDU and TI-Raleigh 2018 Ramblings

Last year took a very different direction to 2017; that year was all about snapping up everything I could find, ...
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Motor Paced Stayer Frame and Fork

Motor Paced Stayer – Could it be a Jan le Grand Build for TI-Raleigh Rider René Pijnen

I'm going to make a bold statement right at the beginning of this blog post... my theory is that this ...
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Motor Paced Stayer Frame

A Mysterious Motor Paced Stayer Frame – New Arrival

Every now and then I spot something slightly different, something that I struggle to identify but which has the potential ...
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SB8790 1987 SBDU Nottingham 531c Lo Pro Road Frameset

SB8790 1987 Raleigh SBDU Nottingham Reynolds 531c – Model Classification

When I add a traditional horizontal top tube SBDU bike to my collection it can sometimes take a few careful ...
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SB6560 SBDU Ilkeston 531c Services des Courses Fork Repaint Finished

SB6560 531c Services des Courses 1984 SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh – Fork Restore

While I'm patiently waiting for the final few Dura-Ace 7400 series 6 speed components to arrive, I'm going to begin ...
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SB8200 1986 SBDU Ilkeston 531c Randonneur

SB8200 1986 Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Reynolds 531c Randonneur – New Arrival

I haven't written many 'New Arrival' posts this year after slowing down my collecting habit and being a bit more ...
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My TI-Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Yearly Frame Collection

My Specialist Bicycle Development Unit Wanted List – An Update

Over the years since bike number one arrived (SB4059), I've continued to look at what I'm collecting and I've tried ...
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SB4059 1980 TI-Raleigh Team Pro Reynolds 753 Frame and Fork

Buying a Specialist Bicycle Development Unit (SBDU) Bike with Confidence

I always find this topic a sad one to write about. I get sad when I know that someone is ...
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