cray- wrote:Oops, you could say I got a bit....mixte up. </dad's jokes>
Ha ha, that's pretty good.
Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Great-Road-B ... 500wt_1414
nice raleigh technium - probably go for a pittance.
And an honest vendor it seems. Wish I were taller.
I thought all Raleigh Twenty's came with a 3 spd SA hub?
There is a BSA version called the BSA 20 which seemed to come with a front rack and a light attachment. There is one on ebay at the moment ready for restoration if you want to have a see what they are like:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/190717268483 ... 1423.l2649
The BSAs don't seem to come in a folding frame - the Raleigh's are more common in a folder. I've cleaned up a folding twenty for my daughter to ride and it's not bad at all for me, even being 6'3" and over 100kgs.. I haven't ridden it for long distance or with a rack on the front though.. the steering is a bit different to a large wheel and seems to change direction quicker than a full size bike.
I also just picked up a complete but decrepit BSA 20 this morning with a rack on the front so I can take some photos of the rack and mounts if you like.
thanks jools, but no need for pics just for me although if you want to post some up, i'm sure they'll be of use to someone, somewhere, sometime
i'm really just thinking out loud. i'll have to keep a closer eye on eBay and educate myself a bit. Raleigh made a bike called a 'shopper' so i'm not breaking new ground here, am i?
i could find myself falling into a very deep hole here:
The Shopper was a slightly different shape and I'm not sure if they came in a folding frame - I don't think it was as substantial as the Twenty either. Sheldon Brown was a big fan of the Twenty so there's plenty of info on his site.
The Twenty was meant to be the poor mans Moulton and they have a bit of a fanbase out there - it's an interesting bike to ride but adults look a bit strange on them - I'll post a photo later. I think there is a Twenty thread on here somewhere too.. The bike seems to lend itself to tinkerers and projects, much more so than a full size bike, so you see everything from restorations to a huge range of mods, like the drop bars, rear derailleurs etc.. I'm toying with the idea of converting one of mine to an e-bike. My first project was a restoration, keeping things original, the next one might more of a modern take, the e-bike is likely to be down the track a bit.
ebay seems to have a few twenty's on at the moment for various prices, including one described as a BIMBO bike, asking around $220.. have a bit of a scout there to get an idea of what people are asking price-wise
Here is a before and after shot of my raleigh twenty cleanup - I wouldn't call it a restoration as all I have done is pulled it apart, cleaned it and put it back together. I didn't really do much to the wheel spokes but had a good go at the rims. The wheels on the bike in the after shot are from another twenty that I picked up for parts as the rims were in slightly better condition and seemed to be a better starting point for the cleanup. You can't really see it in the pics but the rims still have some rusts spots where the chrome has been eaten through. A lot of the chrome parts that appeared to be quite rusty came up very well - Raleigh obviously did a quality job of chrome plating.
The only new parts are the tyres, brake cables and brake pads. I've rolled the handlebars forward to give me some room for my knees but the seat is in a fairly low position as the bike is for my daughter to ride. The photo of me on the bike below is with the seat in this position - the seatpost has few more inches of travel in it which makes it more comfortable for me. The stem is up as high as it will go.
Bear in mind I'm 6'3" and not a lightweight but the bike copes pretty well.
I like the BSA orange - hope the one I picked up from you will clean up at least a little. My other Twenty is another folder from the mid 70's, in the army green colour, which isn't the nicest, but it has a grip-shift for the 3 speed which is pretty cool.
My wife is from Derbyshire, near Nottingham, so she and her brothers all had Raleigh bikes as kids. We've got a photo of her at 7 on a Raleigh Eighteen. It's a bit hard to tell the colour though as the photo is faded - the bike frame looks like a dark green but the guards look like the BSA orange.. She's not feeling nostalgic though and not interested in riding the Twenty!
I gather your BSAs are in good shape?
Or you could buy that little Raleigh/Bridgestone Picnica i have and spend a fortune restoring it...
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments- Elizabeth West.
Lovely job there Jools, it looks terrific.
One of my regular searches on the 'bay just turned up a decent 70's era Roadster for a realistic buy it now price. It's in Melbourne otherwise I wouldn't be so forthcoming I would if I could. Needs a chainguard and the lights apparently require "fixing" otherwise it looks very doable.
It looks like a great project, although it looks earlier than 70's.. luckily it is in Melbourne otherwise I'd be tempted, but then again I picked up 3 project bikes yesterday to add to the 5 or 6 already underway so I've pretty much run out of room to move again!
Finished the Raleigh Competition! At last!
It's got a Campag Record drivetrain, new H Plus Son rims on old Record hubs, Weinmann brakes. Still needs a proper shakedown but it seems to be running alright. Thanks to everyone who's helped out with advice/inspiration etc etc.
1982 Raleigh Competiton by benatherton71, on Flickr
Long day's journey into alt-bars
Is that the one you picked up from down Slack's Creek way, about 6 months ago? :faint: Holy cow. Bewdiful!
people should click on the flickr link at pic foot. Closer view to be had. I see you've got KoolStop blocks. I like 'em too.
I don't mind being adored; just don't like being 'doored'.
Yes, the one I picked up last February.
When I looked at the photo again I noticed that the brake levers looked too high - so I've rotated the bars down a bit.
Beat my six-year-old in the traditional street sprint this afternoon as well so I can confirm that it's fast.
Long day's journey into alt-bars
stolen tuesday night.
any leads please get in touch.
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