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Hello all.

I went to work at the Raleigh Industries design offices in Nottingham as a school leaver in 1970. I am lucky in that I was able to see every inch of this great company when it was still in full swing. I had a Raleigh Twenty to run around the factory on fetching and carrying prototype parts etc. I found it an excellent cycle and eventually had one on loan as a 'test bike' which I rode all the time . Unfortunately I am am unable to cycle anymore due to health issues but I still have a 100% original Raleigh 20 'Solitaire' together with a small collection of Raleigh's including several Raleigh lightweights from the 1950's and a pre war tandem which is the only non Raleigh I have. Although I do not ride them anymore I can't bare to part with them just yet. I was delighted to find this site and am so glad the Twenty has so many fans. I always felt it was a great machine, tough and well made and it is interesting to see how they can be modded. I am still in touch with the designer responsible for the Twenty folder who still had the original Twenty folder prototype which he kindly gave to me:D as it was just rotting away in his garage. It is safely stored away and is in pretty rough condition. For the time being I am leaving it as it is but would like to carefully restore it at some future date.

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Reply conceptdesign
7:05 AM on June 10, 2017 
Just seen your comment Dave so sorry it's a late reply. It sold complete on eBay to a dealer in retro gear.
Reply davepalk
12:42 PM on May 21, 2017 
Hello. Did you break up the Solitaire in the end? If not, how much do you want for the complete bike? It seems a great shame to break it. I'm a long way from you, but if possible I'd like the chance to save it. Since getting involved with modded Twenties, I've developed a real soft spot for good, original examples. I'm also seriously interested in Raleigh history, so would love a chance to see the Stow-Away prototype in the flesh. I'd also love to learn more about Raleigh when it was undoubtedly the world's greatest cycle manufacturer - from someone who was actually there! Let me know... Thanks. Dave
Reply conceptdesign
1:18 PM on August 20, 2014 
Reply Ikara Oz
6:44 AM on August 20, 2014 
So to follow on from Our Fearless Flyer, do we have photos yet somewhere of the prototype?
Will it remain a Miss Tree Forked Bow?
I will leave that to Beaver!!!!

Reply wooden shoe biker
8:21 PM on January 7, 2011 
Makes me want to get back to England. Nottingham may be in my future and a crossing to Hoek van Holland again. We are Lucky to have concept design on this forum.
Reply foldingraleighman
6:15 AM on August 29, 2010 
Hi,perhaps an odd geeky question but I have often wondered if we take the date stamp on the gear hub how near would that be to the date the bike was made.
Dave (foldingraleighman)
Reply Raleigh Twenty
9:46 PM on August 14, 2010 
This is exciting stuff! Could you please arrange for us to get in contact with the designer? Could we get photos of the prototype? PLEASE!!!!