February 2017 Cover Photo
Phillip’s ‘Original” Twenty
Phillip has had the website cover photo before but he continues to submit appropriate photos with their stories to me. If you want me to highlight your Twenty send a private message to me (The Grumpy Old Squid) with the particulars and I’ll work out with you a photo and story to go with it for posting - Administrator.
This is his 'original' Twenty, which was a blue single-speed when found in a charity shop around 1998. It soon acquired a 3-speed back wheel, and later a double chainwheel, front changer, with a fixed rear derailleur to act as chain tensioner. It was his main commuting transport for a number of years and it is also widely travelled within the UK. It has crossed the English Channel a few times, including for a token Raleigh Twenty presence at the 2013 Tour de France.
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.