THE RALEIGH TWENTY

Your ever-expanding web resource for the Raleigh Twenty
and other classic small-wheel bicycles.

 May 2017 Cover Photo


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, the second Sunday of May.  Everybody has a mother and absolutely no one is more special than mom.  Sure, dad is really important, and, grandparent's too, but moms, well they’re just the greatest.  Often taken for granted, they are always our strongest supporter.  You can't do wrong in Mom's eyes.  When you are hurt, or not feeling well… there is no one else that can help you more than Mom.

David Palk’s “Rusty Stow-Away”

I love high-performance custom bicycles.  I love British social, manufacturing and engineering history.  I love individuality, resourcefulness and creativity.  I love simplicity, elegance and fitness for a specific task.  I love mending the seemingly un-mendable, and bringing discarded items back to life.  I love re-purposing and up-scaling.  I love obtuse quirkiness and a complete disregard for convention.  I love the thought that an old object can have efficient usefulness that consecutive owners in the future might also enjoy.  I love the complex concept of aesthetic merit, but, most of all, I love rust!  Rust is a badge of honour.  It shows longevity and an obvious degree of neglect – both very interesting aspects of any aged object.  The way in which an object rusts is absolutely unique.  This 1971 Stow-Away combines all of my loves.  It has plenty of rust!  It serves its purpose perfectly, and is my favourite Twenty conversion so far...

 

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.


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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.                                  


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