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April 2015 - Cover Photo:
RoadRash's Butterfly Twenty
This Twenty was bought from eBay in October 2014 for the grand total of £29.00.
RoadRash used only things he had lurking around the workshop to bring it into riding condition. Off came the saddle to be replaced with a Brooks B17. The handlebars were replaced with a long lost pair of butterfly bars (found while looking for the saddle). A new stem was made by cutting an old pair of MTB bars in half. A new shifter and brake levers were found while rummaging through several boxes and drawers. He also had new cables on hand to use. The only things he had to buy were the sponge to slide onto the handlebars and a 1-1/8" to 1" reducer shim to fit the bars. He’s now on the look out for a lighter set of wheels to finish it off but this beauty is rideable now.
On the test ride, RoadRash could hardly believe just how comfy the set up felt and thinks many miles will be put on this little beauty.
See the other pictures of the Butterfly Twenty here.
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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 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 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.