March 2017 Cover Photo
conceptdesign’s Prototype Twenty
It's not pretty but it is a piece of Twenty history.
I worked at Raleigh from 1970 - 73 in the concept design office.
This bike was a proposal for the folder hinge designed by George Ellis perhaps before my time there. I can't quite recall as bikes were being prototyped all the time. George had also worked on the Chopper. This was quite a complex hinge design and was much simplified before the final version went into production. A prototype such as this was often used as a daily rider and in this case George’s wife, Margaret, rode this.
Eventually George was made redundant, way after I had moved on, and he moved the South of England to take up teaching. I visited him a few years ago not having seen him for about 40 years and he kindly gave me this prototype that had been rotting in his garage for years. It is now in safe storage it’s in a solid but poor state. Note, it's actually badged as a Triumph.
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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.