May 2017 Cover Photo
David Palk’s “Rusty Stow-Away”
There was a very large dent in, and distortion of, the LH chainstay - invisibly repaired. The BB shell was converted to 68mm BSA standard by trimming, over-threading and facing square. The fork offset was reduced to increase trail. The head tube was shortened and faced square to accept an Ahead threadless headset. The front fork ends were spread and filed to accept a 100 mm OLN hub with a 10 mm spindle. The rear dropouts were spread and filed to accept a 120 mm OLN hub with a 10 mm spindle. The seat tube extension and support strut were fabricated from Reynolds 531 tubing. The vertical stem shaft was fabricated from a mountain bike steel handlebar. Modern and vintage components were carefully selected to optimise performance and for overall aesthetics.
I have a significant stable of bikes, including several Twentys under various badges; some of them have graced this home page before.
If you think you have a photo suitable for our front page, post it in
the Gallery with some info about your R-20 and contact an Admin. 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 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.