Ted’s 1975 Twenty
He recently purchased this as part of a matched set from a gentleman in Rhode Island (USA), who had owned it since new.
Both were all original except the seats, which had been replaced with ultra-cushioned Troxels. They even had the original red-line Raleigh tires, unfortunately, neither had the tire pump. This bike was the better of the two; it needed a thorough cleaning, chain degreased and oiled, bearings repacked, and the chrome polished to remove some surface rust. He installed two new tires and tubes, new hand-grips, and a bell. The awful seat was replaced with the standard Brooks model it would have had when shipped. As is typical of US-sold folding models, this Twenty has the 406-size rims. The S-A AW hub is stamped 12-74, so the bike itself was most probably assembled in 1975.
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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.