I visited Gerald O'Donovan not-long after the Special Products Unit at Ilkeston had been closed and had moved to Nottingham. When at Ilkeston he had measured me up for a Raleigh Maverick 531 MTB in Raleigh/Panasonic colours and afterwards I also decided I would like an 'ultimate' tourer. During the visit to Nottingham, Mr O'Donovan measured me up for the tourer which was going to be based on the Raleigh Randonneur frame and forks which had just become available. I asked for it to be sprayed black and I wanted it with Carlton logos because of his historic connection with Carlton Cycles of Worksop.
Over the years the equipment spec changed from Shimano to Suntour but I eventually settled on Campagnolo around the mid-1990s. The current spec is similar to what it was then. This Summer I have had it resprayed and had chrome 'ends' applied. She will now outlive me I think.
I am not exactly sure of the date of the frame, it was either 1989 or 1990, the frame number is SB8674. Maybe if bikemeister2000 reads this he can enlighten me?
Reynolds 531ST frame and forks
Cinelli 1A stem
Cinelli Randonneur bars
1990s Campagnolo Racing Triple chainset (30/40/50)
1990s Campagnolo Racing Triple front and rear mechs
1994 Campagnolo Chorus Ergo levers
Campagnolo Centaur (MTB) hubs (‘retro’ skewers fitted)
Campagnolo 8-speed block
Campagnolo Euclid cantilever brakes (Graphite finish)
Campagnolo Centaur (MTB) pedals
Campagnolo Aero seat post
Christophe leather straps
Blackburn pannier rack
Blackburn bottle cage
1990 Brooks Professional saddle
1990 ESGE Mudguards
Alloy rims (can’t remember the make)/Stainless Steel spokes
Panaracer Pasela tyres