Mr. E’s Twenty Packed for Travel
Mixed mode transport, for the days when Mrs. E. wants to drive and I want to ride; she won’t drive the Landrover, and my other bikes won’t fit in her car. The car in question is a Ford Ka, a vehicle apparently too small for the U.S. market but widely used this side of the Atlantic, along with many other cars of a similar size. Early attempts to simply stuff a Twenty into the vehicle boot (trunk) the size of a suitcase looked likely to damage either the bike or the car or even possibly both. Holding everything upright seemed to be the answer. Some years ago I made a wooden frame, originally to store my grey Twenty on a garage shelf and then another one to for Mrs. E’s green Twenty. Some minor modifications were made so straps could be fitted, allowing the bike and frame to be lifted as one item. The stem ‘safety’ wire was removed, not really an issue as I’m capable of seeing the limit marks on my stem, thus allowing the stem to sit in the seat tube for transport purposes. We now have an ideal situation; Mrs. E. can have her shopping expedition while I head for the hills.
See both pictures of this Twenty transport system and his other photos here.
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The original Raleigh Twenty was in production in various forms and under various names from 1968 until 1984 and has gained a cult following from cyclists worldwide. This popularity can be largely attributed to the late Sheldon Brown, a legendary bicycle guru, who owned several Raleigh Twentys throughout his lifetime.
At one stage, the Twenty was Raleigh's biggest seller. Raleigh's survival through the cycling slump of the 70's can be largely attributed to the Twenty and it's variant models. It was sold also under many of Raleigh's captive brand names such as Triumph, Sun, Hercules and BSA. It was also sold as the"Supercycle Twenty" in Canada. It was also built to a unique design by Morrison Industries in New Zealand.