Raleigh 18s - for the kids https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/ Raleigh 18s - for the kids Paint The frames needed painting. There was no option here given their state. Why white? We couldn?t get vintage colours. White is classic and neutral and allows another elements to stand out. The unusual thing we did was to powder coat the original rear racks and to paint the chain-guards in a matching colour. The 18s came standard with a rear chrome rack, similar to the rack on the Twenty Shopper but smaller in size. However the chrome on the racks was badly damaged and getting pitted vintage parts re-chromed seemed to be more difficult and more expensive than getting them powder-coated. Once we found out that Chrome parts can have the chrome removed and be powder coated, we decided to have some fun by adding a touch of colour. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491410 204491410 Gears and brakes The bikes are now 3-speeds, but they were originally single speeds. I knew our kids would have enjoyed coaster brakes as it would enable them to continue brake skidding, but the single speed hubs were not salvageable and hopefully it also means they won't be destroying as many tyres as they were on their 16" bicycles. The BSA 18 had a 28 hole Sturmey Archer AW hub and I took another from an old Raleigh 20, both of which we had to rebuild. The brakes are the standard Raleigh steel brakes. They are identical to the brakes on the Raleigh 20 x 1 3/8. We did however upgrade the brake pads to Kool Stop Continentals. Internally routing the brake and gear cables through the frame had me a little concerned at first, not having done this before. But it turned out to be surprisingly easy. Just start by threading the inner wire first. Once this is through, then the outer cable is easily threaded. In case you're curious or if you want to calculate gear ratios etc, the Eighteens come with a 40 tooth chain-ring (compared to a 46 tooth chain-ring on the Twenties). At the rear, the Eighteens and the Twenties both came standard with a 15 tooth sprocket. We lowered the gearing by putting an 18 tooth sprocket on one bicycle and a 17 tooth sprocket on the other bicycle. This has been the right decision and our kids still use first gear a lot and third much less frequently. Keep in mind that the 20" (406) replacements are bigger than the 18" originals, so you need at least an extra tooth on the rear sprocket to accommodate that alone, and then take into account that the gearing is still too high on vintage Raleighs. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491411 204491411 Family outing An outing with our kids. Mum and dad on the Raleigh 20s. Boys on their newly restored and upgraded Raleigh 18s. There is no better bike for riding on the footpath with children than a Raleigh 20. We have other bikes, Raleigh Sports and a touring bikes, but its no contest which bike we prefer to be on when riding with our kids. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491412 204491412 A new head badge logo Given the modern upgrades and feel of the bicycles, the original Raleigh head-badge logos seemed too ?old world?. We did try to repaint the original head-badges, which had no colour left in them, but this didn?t prove successful. So we thought about how to decorate the bike. The original vintage Raleigh tool kit spanner that for decades had been issued with Raleigh made bicycles and was the vintage equivalent of todays multi tools, was a simply beautiful design which would make for contemporary logo. It was relatively easy to get vinyl decals made up. Et voila a new Raleigh inspired head-badge logo. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491413 204491413 Lettering and fonts We took a similar approach to the lettering font as we did to the new logo. The font used by Raleigh in the 1970s is groovy and reflective of the era. But we couldn't find the actual font or get the lettering reproduced in the way we wanted. So we looked for a 1970s inspired font that would make the bicycles contemporary and fun and be in keeping with the logo. If you're a purist you probably won't like these changes, but we're delighted with the results. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491414 204491414 Wheels and tyres The wheels are the most significant change. Having started with the intention of keeping the 18 x 1 3/8 wheels, we actually found new tyres for them, which was not easy. But the rims were too far gone. Only 3 rims were salvageable. Plus we knew the braking in the wet with steel rims would be terrible. So we opted for 28 hole Sun Ringle CR-18 rims 20" (406) rims, which are of fabulous. The tyres are vintage bmx style Panaracer H406 20 x 1.75 gumwalls. They are superb. Unfortunately these tyres are not available in the 20 x 1 3/8 size or I would also put them on our Raleigh 20s. In hindsight, we should have opted for the 20" wheels straight away and saved time, cost and effort. Note the maximum size and width tyre you can put on a Raleigh 18 is 20 x 1.75. You cannot go bigger. And, if you do opt for this size, which I recommend, then you cannot use the original mudguards. The original mudguards are too small to fit around the 20" (406) tyres. I thought about and tried using mudguards from a Raleigh 20 (20 x 1 3/8), but these are too big. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491668 204491668 saddles and accessories The saddles are new Kashimax RS, made in Japan. A design from the dawn of BMX. The bottle cages (AB-100 5.5) and bottle cage holder (BH-95X) are from Minoura and also made in Japan. Raleigh 18s are designed to accommodate 10" pumps (by contrast the Twenties were designed to accommodate a 12" pump). The pumps are the Zefl 800 (10"). This is the only 10" pump that we could find anywhere in the world that is currently available which fits on the original pump pegs. The Zefl 800 is not vintage in style or appearance, but we abandoned taking a purist approach to the project long ago and it is certainly in keeping with the more modern design elements the new bicycles exhibit. The baskets are from Wald in the USA. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491669 204491669 Lights and bells For the front hubs, we were going to use conventional Raleigh front hubs (the 18s use the same front hub as the Twenty and the Sports). However we thought it would be a significant and sympathetic improvement to use vintage Sturmey Archer 28 hole Dynohubs. To the best of my knowledge and research, none of the Eighteens made by Raleigh came with front or rear dynohubs. Some Raleigh Chopper models however did come with 28 hole front dynohubs. So they are available. I was able to secure a few dynohubs which needed rebuilding. The front dynohubs are a great choice. They are perfectly capable of powering front and rear LED lights. The bicycles have been fitted with Busch & Muller front and rear dynamo lights, with both standlights and daytime running facilities. This means the lights are always on, day or night, moving or stationary, which is a good safety feature. The bells Crane eNe, made in Japan, which have a beautiful ring tone of musical quality One is copper and the other is brass and they play a different and complementary note. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491735 204491735 Pedals The pedals are new old stock vintage Lyotard junior pedals. These are 3 1/4? in length, which is the same size as the original Raleigh junior pedals (and with 9/16? thread). The key difference is that the Lyotard pedals are better quality, much cheaper and importantly, they have built in reflectors, which I consider an almost essential safety feature. https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204491736 204491736 kickstand I purchased a replacement kickstand from the UK only to find out that it would not fit. See the replacement kickstand alongside an existing kickstand. The seller told me that the 20s and 18s came with either one of two types of kickstands. Very similar, but not identical and not interchangeable. Is this true? https://raleightwenty.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=204854520 204854520