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Reply TPFT
2:15 AM on January 20, 2021 
Ever considered a second thought about the management of the R20 website? Some of us are still interested & riding or customising our old bikes.

Are you willing to hand over the reins and admin password to anyone else yet?

Shame to see it die, despite the limits of the software platform.

No real viable alternative arose.

Reply Chris Sawyer
3:13 PM on January 6, 2016 
Can you give details of your light modification, I'm interested.
Chris Sawyer
Reply Roy Bird
2:12 PM on July 26, 2013 
Please send details of how you would like the contribution to be made.
Reply the researcher
3:23 PM on July 4, 2013 
cant leave posts says its timed out
Reply wooden shoe biker
10:59 PM on March 17, 2012 
Why have earlier comments been purged ?
Reply conceptdesign
5:57 AM on August 18, 2010 
I am going to see the guy in a few weeks time and will take photos and also post some information on how the design evolved etc.
Reply ChrisinFrance
4:57 AM on July 28, 2010 
Thanks, found it - it's a '74 - gives me a real buzz to know I'm scooting about on a 36-year-old bike!
Reply safaribro
5:13 AM on July 22, 2010 
Hi there,about your question regarding this years racing in Oamaru,yes it is on again confirmed for the 20th Nov,I have left a facebook event link on the guestbook page,anything you need to know please ask,
thanks Chester
Reply Bikes 11
4:35 AM on May 31, 2010 
My thanks to Raleightwenty for his comments back in February. Regarding gearing, with this particular bike I am modifying, I will have to compromise with gears - yes, a 52 on the front is good, but you have to run it very close to the chainstay to get an acceptable chain line. I have spread the rear dropouts to 126, and have fitted a 7 speed cassette - effectively 6 speeds however, the smallest (11) toothed gear is only a spacer to stop chain rub on the seatstay. I will have enough speed to annoy many of the weekend warriors on their expensive carbon fibre, really, how often do they get to use their 52/11 gearing! I'm not deluded enough (at my age) to think I can even talk to the 'pro's', or 'real' roadies!
I am in Melbourne, and When I first started looking at Twentys, it seemed, unlike USA, that most, if not all were fitted with 451 wheels. I have a set of Primo Comets for this twenty, and a set of whitewall Chinese Raleigh Records to fit another Twenty that is largely a traditional setup, with the SA 3 speed working well. Both these bikes are actually BSA badged non-folders.
Reply bobbeck
12:11 PM on May 22, 2010 
This is a quick update on my recently purchased Raleigh Twenty. They always seem to come with a story. The dad I bought the bike from told me his parents bought it new, and he recalls his father folding the bike into the rear of the station wagon, for the trip to the lake. After his parents stopped riding it they insisted he pick it up. He turned it over to his children who proceeded to "BMX" it. They put wide knobby tires on an a discount store freewheel back wheel. They lost the chain-guard and AW wheel and finally bent the pedals and cranks. The owner wanted to get the bike into someone elses hands before it was totally destroyed. The front tire was so wide that it rubbed the fork. On disassembly the the spindle cups are toast as well. If anyone has a spindle and cups for sale please contact me. I'll post a picture of the present configuration. I have put on a coaster brake wheel on and have Primo "Comets" on the front and back. These are 100PSI tires and I am experimenting with the hand brakeless configuration for a low speed short distance "errand runner bike" I have a double leg kickstand which is very nice and I like it alot. The ride is a bit harsh but acceptable. I will likely build a better coaster wheel and new front wheel with alloy rims. I am leaning toward 406 rims. Does anyone have experience with a simple coaster brake configuration. Thanks
Reply rattrappress
7:23 AM on February 11, 2010 
Thanks. I'll check it out and report back.