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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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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