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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:51 pm 
rBoTM Winner
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Sloping top tubes have been around a looooooooooooong time .

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:02 pm 
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The Raleigh 40th anniversary frame/bike is featured in this month's Cyclist magazine. With explations as to how component decisions were made for it.

I didn't buy the mag though. Too many SLOPING top tubes for me! Just a flick through in the newsagents. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:03 pm 
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Ohhh yes...any naughty close up brake pad shots :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:45 pm 
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Just curious, could an 'ordinary' amateur rider get a frame made by the SBDU? If so how much did it cost compared to the other builders that they could have gone to?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:19 pm 
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Yep, anyone with the cash could order a custom frame, back in my time there was allegedly an H number stamped on the BB to denote a custom frame. The cost depended on what you wanted..... an off the peg SBDU 753 was the same as a Viner Stella, about a 3 month wait and £140 rings a bell?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:39 pm 
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£140 would have been a typical cost for a normal 531c non sbdu Raleigh frame in the late 80s, so I'm assuming you're referring to the 70s ??


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:04 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Yep, anyone with the cash could order a custom frame, back in my time there was allegedly an H number stamped on the BB to denote a custom frame. The cost depended on what you wanted..... an off the peg SBDU 753 was the same as a Viner Stella, about a 3 month wait and £140 rings a bell?



Thanks! Didn't know that at all. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:23 am 
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This is my 1980's Ribble built in Reynolds 531c..."it's basically the same a Joop Zoetemelk's Tdf winning bike".
Strangely enough the frame is a size 53 CTC and the tube dimensions are the same as the new Ti 40 in a size 53 CTT. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:36 am 
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Beautiful bike. :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:22 am 
rBoTM Winner
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Finally got round to unboxing mine. Dressed it up with more period kit. Just needs a rear derailleur cable and tweek. I'll let you know how it rides

It's got 126mm hubs in for the moment - I have a longer axle from wheels manufacturing to fit and a few washers to fit it properly


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