Lovely restoration- especially the frameset.
Did you consider having the spokes soldered - or would that be impractical for the use you intend for the bike (soldering was traditional on track bikes of the classic period)?
My SBDU is currently stripped down and residing on the wall of my office -they're works of art and machines!
Thanks, credit goes to Mercian for the fantastic paint effort - it really is superb, the wait was well worth it!
I do like the idea of wired and soldered spokes, but I had these rebuilt to the same spec as when I picked the bike up (without solder).
I do also like the idea of hanging this on the wall, as I won't be using it all that often, mainly in dry weather. It certainly won't be left anywhere outside, no matter what lock I put on it!
The story behind this bike is that I actually went to buy a Team Raleigh Replica road bike (non SBDU, but the 531C with shot-in stays) from someone last summer and he also wanted to get rid of his old track bike too. I couldn't resist it at the time, it deserved the restoration..I'm now stripping down the road version for an overhaul - the paint is pretty good on that one.
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