Yet Another Raleigh Twenty Bottom Bracket Question
By some stroke of luck, I have become the proud owner of two 1971 creamy-white Raleigh Twenties.
The previous owners obviously did not use them much, as the bikes are in splendid condition. The tires seem to be almost entirely unused, but the hub did need a bit of lubing and the cables did need to be adjusted.
I have decided to keep one in its original condition to bomb around at school, but the other....well, it wasn't as lucky
So I'll cut to the chase.
I have read about so many options for the Raleigh Twenty bottom bracket and have settled on the tried-and-true UN72 + Phil Wood retaining rings.
....Only one problem.
Does anyone know if a 73 x 107 UN72 BB spindle would be long enough for the Raleigh Twenty without any frame modifications? I'm currently attending UCI (U. of California, Irvine, for all the internationals out there), and would not want to spend too much...
If anything, I could still use the cottered cranks; I find their 165 mm length welcome for my 5"3' stature.
p.s. I'm having so much fun with my original set up Raleigh Twenty, I even took it out on a fast-casual ride at our campus, "Irvine Ridazz", chock full of hipsters with fixed gears and I was able to keep up!
Except when it came to uphills!
35lbs of pure metal + 8 lbs of luggage doesn't make for good climbing!