I’ve spent many years researching and blogging about the SBDU, creating a huge knowledge base of SB frames and details. Building on this, I’ve decided to combine my SBDU knowledge with my workshop skills to provide a service to restore and rebuild these bikes to the highest of standards and original detail.

I specialise in SBDU frames and bikes, but I love all the bikes from the last part of the 20th century!

Classic bikes require a classic workshop coupled with specialist knowledge and experience; experience only gained in the workshop. These skills are disappearing fast as bike materials and technologies change. I was taught by the best and built bikes for the best. From sourcing period correct parts, renovations, bike builds, re-tracking and cold setting, or just sympathetically treating paint and transfers to keep a bike on the road, I can help.

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About Me

Specialist Bicycle SB Restorations

I had my childhood in the 1970s and my teens, together with the start of my bike mechanic career, in the 1980s; so it’s no surprise that I developed a passion for the bikes of that era.

I worked as a mechanic in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England and experienced the widest range of bikes, from the huge amount of student bikes repaired on a shoestring, to professional road bikes built to top specifications and using the latest technologies.

The shop was called Denton Cycles. I learned my trade in this shop and still try to keep the DENTON name alive through restorations.

Steel frames were the main stay business, Reynolds 531 & 753 frame sets from the local suppliers such as Dave Yates and Joe Waugh, to vintage Mercians, Flying Scots and Hetchins, together with the finest steel and bonded frames from builders such as Colnago, Vitus & TVT. Every discipline was catered for… Road, Time trial, Track, Cyclo cross and even Tandems! Mountain Bikes were even in there too, 3 of the bikes I built being ridden by the National champion in 3 World downhill championships.

Although there were lots of exotic new frames and materials coming through in the nineties, the steel frames of the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s remained my firm favourite. And that is how my passion for the Specialist Bicycle Development Unit (SBDU) started.

SB4059 SBDU TI-Raleigh Team Pro Ilkeston Denton Cycles Reynolds 753
SB4059 SBDU TI-Raleigh Team Pro Ilkeston Denton Cycles Reynolds 753
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Dentons

The DENTON name has been associated with the bicycle trade in the North East for over 60 years and the name will continue to make appearances on new frames in the future. The DENTON name will live on with me as a brand at Specialist Bicycle Restorations.

Read more about Denton Cycles here…

SB6398 1984 753R SBDU Ilkeston Campagnolo Super Record 50th Anniversary
SB6398 1984 753R SBDU Ilkeston Campagnolo Super Record 50th Anniversary
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