Dont think anybody was trying to mislead anyone here, but Gerald O'Donovan was the designer of top end Carlton bikes, based at Worksop until its close.
Gerald O'Donovan then moved to Ilkeston with the SBDU.
This bike is definitely not a ringer, someone went to a hell of a lot of effort if it is, including the frame number been accurate to the year, colour been right, front forks been right, parts been right, graphics and decals been right
The carrera is the same frame as the Raleigh team professionals, and this one matches the frame for a team professional of the same year as the frame indicates
Id be interested in knowing what your expertise in this is
To be clear...I did (a) not imply that anyone was trying to mislead, and (b) did not say it was
a"ringer". A simple fact; Gerald O'Donovan did not move to Ilkeston with the SBDU, he set up the SBDU in 1974. I have no expertise at all, but I did meet O'Donovan in 1985 when I ordered my own Raleigh SBDU Pro Super frameset; one of the last made in the 531 Professional tubeset by the SBDU - I met O'Donovan again when I collected the frameset.
I met the Raleigh board at this time as I worked for a certain car company that supplied Raleigh-Weinmann with their team cars. Ex-Carlton and ex-SBDU employees are also known to me.
So, there are two things I can be sure of, (1) I know nothing. And (2), I did not come down with the last shower of rain.
You might benefit from reading this article -
http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bu ... lders.html
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 2 x very early Roberts (late 60s/early 70s), 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.