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

A Week Spent with Dave Yates Learning the Skills of Framebuilding – 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! ...
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Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 4 A Look Around Daves Workshop

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

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! ...
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Dave Yates Frame Building Course Day 1 Sub Assembly Lugs Cut

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

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 ...
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TI-Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston SB4059 Team Pro 753 Right Lever

SB4059 1980 SBDU Ilkeston TI Raleigh Team Pro 753 It’s All In The Details

One thing I've tried to combine with my blog is a comprehensive photographic record. I try to capture each build or every workshop task with the best photography I can do ...
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SB4059 TI-Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Team Pro 753 Sturmey Archer Clips

SB4059 1980 SBDU Ilkeston TI Raleigh Team Pro 753 Revisited and Updated

It's been 18 month since I claimed to have finished this build and posted the complete bike post and build specification. With most things however, nothing is ever finished ...
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SBDU TI Raleigh Ilkeston SB5464 Time Trial Special Stronglight A9 Roller Bearing Headset Assembly

SB5464 SBDU Ilkeston TI Raleigh Time Trial Special Headset

After deciding to build this frame, I still have to decide on which parts to use. Do I stick with Campagnolo Super Record or do I go with something different like early Dura-Ace 7100/7200 DA-200? ...
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Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Randonneur 531 1985 SB7660 Gearing

SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660 – Complete

I'm really happy with how this rebuild has turned out! I didn't want to carry out a full nut and bolt strip down, clean and polish; I just wanted to get this bike back on the road again and make it 100% mechanically perfect! ...
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Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Randonneur 531 1985 SB7660 Cable Guide Rivet Fitted

SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660 – Starting the Rebuild

It's been a couple of weeks since I did the strip down on this frame, but just before I started the full re-build, I re-fitted the headset for my previous post so that I could get it into the studio for some photographs ...
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Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Randonneur 531 1985 SB7660 Colour

SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Randonneur Reynolds 531c 1985 SB7660

There I was, enjoying a quiet Sunday evening watching TV and browsing eBay, when a bike with an SB serial number popped up. The frame number was SB7660 and it was an Ilkeston Randonneur ...
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Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Time Trial Special 753 1978 SB2692 H591 Frame Numbers

The Significance of the SBDU H Reference Frame Number

Realistically, there may not be many 'original owners' of SBDU frames - I.E. those people who still own an SBDU frame that they ordered and bought for themselves from Ilkeston. There may be even fewer original owners who have a frame with an 'H' reference ...
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Raleigh SBDU Ilkeston Time Trial Special 753 1978 SB2692 H591 Frame Decals

SBDU Ilkeston Raleigh Time Trial Special Reynolds 753 1978 SB2692 H591

I have a list of frames that I want in my SBDU collection. That list of frames is slowly getting smaller; but on that list was a 753 Time Trial Special ...
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Denton Cycles Commissioned Raleigh Ilkeston SBDU 753 Randonneur SB7657 1985 Seatpin

Denton Cycles Raleigh Ilkeston SBDU SB7657 Cleanup

Anything that is stuck or seized in a frame is bad news. It is even more bad news when the wall thickness of the frame tubing is extremely thin. Reynolds 753 tubing of this type has a wall thickness less than 1mm ...
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Denton Cycles Raleigh Ilkeston SBDU SB Serial Number

Denton Cycles Supplied 753 Touring Frame SB7657 1985

Now this is a little something very special for me. This frame came up in a topic on the Retrobike forum. It got my attention because of the SB frame number and the 'DENTON' decals ...
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Raleigh Ilkeston SBDU 531 Professional Complete Bike
TI Raleigh Team Pro 753 Campagnolo End Adjusters, Steel Gear Casing, Freewheel & Chain

TI Raleigh Team Pro 753 1980 SB4059 Build Specification

I've just realised that I have never detailed the build of this bike. I tried my best to recreate a build specification that was sent by Gerald O'Donovan to a customer in 1982 ...
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SBDU SB7219 Reynolds 531 Professional

Time to build SB7219 Ilkeston Raleigh

It must be a few months since I finished building my TI-Raleigh Team Pro, so it's time to move onto frame number 2 ...
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SBDU Raleigh Team Pro 753 (5)

It’s nearly there! 753 Team Pro

After a few diversions with other Raleigh frames, I'm back to my 753 Team Pro. A lot has been happening although it's still not quite there... yet ...
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SBDU SB7219 531 Pro French Decal

Not another frame for the collection…

I wanted to write a new blog post but it has been so long since my last post, I nearly forgot my password! After a few attempts, I'm finally in ...
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TI Raleigh 531 Track Frame Ilkeston Built

So now I seem to have a collection of TI Raleighs…

It's been a long while since I wrote anything here. This is because I've had no money, meaning I couldn't buy parts to add to my 753 Team Pro ...
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12 Speed Racer!

I used to get a new bike every Christmas. This was in the mid to late 70's, and I loved them. They weren't anything special, I had 2 older brothers and a younger sister, who all got a bike, so there wasn't much money to spread around on quality ...
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Salsa Raleigh TI Jason Mcroy Build

A slight diversion down memory lane

While I'm saving up the pennies and trying to source more parts for the Raleigh build, I thought I would reminisce a little. One of the best memories from the many I have while working at Denton Cycles was building the Salsa bikes for Jason Mcroy ...
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Raleigh TI Rear Mech

December 2011 – Easter 2012

This may be a lengthy post but I want to recap of what's happened so far in my project to put together my Raleigh TI Team frame. It's been a long 5 months since I bought this frame and that's meant 5 long and slow months of wanting to get as much ...
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1980 TI Raleigh Team Pro 753

Turning the corner

My frameset came with an extremely loose and mangled Chorus headset; I really couldn't stand the look of it sitting in this frame, so without waiting till I had a replacement, I took it straight out, throwing it to the bottom of the bin ...
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TI Raleigh Team Pro 753 Campagnolo Nuovo Record Bottom Bracket

Lets get things spinning…

I have a particular method of building a bike; always have, always will. The 2 things you need to get in first are bottom bracket and headset. You wouldn't believe the problems sourcing a headset but that's a story for another post ...
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Head Badge Rivets

Head Badge

When my frame arrived it was using 3 terrible self tapping screws to hold the head badge to the frame... ebay!!!!! Problem solved! ...
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TI Raleigh Team Pro Serial Number

Initial Research…

Is my frame 753? How old is it? These are 2 very important questions that need answers. You might also think I'm daft for buying a frame without being sure of it. You're right, I bought it on a hunch, but an educated hunch ...
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3rd SB4059 eBay

The frame, buying and unpacking.

After a long time watching frames come and go on the internet, I found a likely suspect on ebay. Other frames that I have seen have always been way too small or way too big; this was perfect, a 57cm ...
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1st SB4059 eBay

My TI Raleigh…

Why create a blog about this? What exactly is this? What am I going to blog about? ...
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