There are a lot of threads on this board about the R20. With all the new quasi-exotic folders out there, what is it about this 30-year-old bike that gets people's blood up?
On Sheldon Brown's Twenty page he said:
A stock Raleigh Twenty offers performance comparable to that of a 26 inch wheel 3-speed "sports" bike, but, due to their robust, well designed frames, they lend themselves to being "hopped up" in performance by upgrading components. With suitable equipment, they can approach the performance of a Bike Friday at a much lower price.
Is the appeal of the Twenty simply that it can serve as a basis for a quality folder at a cheap price, or is there more to it than that? I know that there are a lot of R20 Zealots out there. Convey to me, please, the ethos, pathos, and logos of the Twenty. What is the essence of that je ne sais quoi that seems to infuse it? I must admit - I'm curious . . .
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I don't get fixies.
I prefer platform pedals.
I don't know why people think Merryl Streep is such a good actress.
I own a generation 1 iPod and have no intention of upgrading while it's still serviceable.
I drink drip coffee.
I tend to wear earth tones when riding.
I've never seen one episode of American Idol, 24, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, blah blah blah.
I loathe the idea of squeezing a gelatinous engineered food product out of a tube and into my mouth while riding.