July 2015 - Cover Photo:
“Lilac Haze” or “Mauve Shopper” by DavePalk
This is Dave’s Magnum Opus (so far). It is a '74 Shopper frame with a '79 Stowaway fork. The frame’s paint is original. He converted this Twenty to ride as a modern performance machine and set it to his Bikefitting.com position. It is the fourth in his ongoing series of Raleigh Twenty conversions. His perfect Twenty, so far…
Okay, let's be honest here, the Raleigh Twenty was simply a copy of the Dawes Kingpin, cobbled together from pre-existing Raleigh inventory. A "parts-bin special" is a very apt description.
We should hate it - but we don't. We love the Raleigh Twenty. We love the solid, over-built construction. We love the r ainbow of original colours. We love the variety of historic brand names that were applied. We love the fact that the Twenty lurked in the back corner of our childhood con- sciousness. We love everything that the little brass heron badge stands for. We love being able to get a Twenty very cheaply or even for free (in Britain at least)! We love modifying the Twenty, to the point where it handles like a dream and weighs very little. We love the counter intuitive lunacy of using these old shopping bikes in the company of enthusiast cyclists on the best modern machinery - and the look on their faces when we ride past them. WE LOVE THE RALEIGH TWENTY!!! Yes, I know, I'm hopelessly obsessed...
See Dave's pictures of his Twentys and scenery here.
If you think you have a photo suitable for our front page, post it in
the Gallery with some info about your R-20. Happy snapping!
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 Twenty’s 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 Zeland.