Bill Hardy~Sterling Heights, MI USA
A Father and Son Project
We took it completely apart, right down to the bearings for the steering and wheels. Cleaned all of the chrome and bare metal with Mother's brand metal polish pads. Next, we sanded down the frame, forks and fenders to bare metal and repaired the tears in the rear fender. The former painted surfaces were then primed with Rust Oleum primer and wet sanded and prepped for paint. We painted the frame and forks Metallic Gloss Black and the fenders Metallic Gloss Silver. We accented the lower section of the rear fender in black to replicate how it was originally painted by Raleigh.
Finally, we reassembled our Twenty. We installed new bearings which were readily available from our local bicycle dealer. The rims and Sturmy Archer gears were cleaned up and adjusted good as new, even after more than forty years! We replaced the brake cables with black ones and added a new seat and handlebar grips.
If you think you have a great photo for our front page, post them in the Gallery with some info about your R-20. Happy snapping!
At one stage, the "Twenty" was Raleigh's biggest seller. Raleigh's survival through the cycling slump of the 1970's can be largely attributed to the Twenty and varient models. It was also sold 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.