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    'The Prisoner' bicycle?

    Not the iconic high-wheeler.

    In the show, very often in the background can be seen a denizen of The Village riding a 20" or so wheeled bike. Only glimpses of it, no close-ups. My eye is not very trained to spot folders or smaller-wheel probably English bikes, but it appears to be a Raleigh 20, or one of those other Moultons, like Bridgestone is doing, with the big tube instead of the space frame. Interesting features include front and rear rack... and of course the awning.

    Anyone know for sure what bike it is?

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    Pretty sure it was a Raleigh RSW 16 - the precursor to the Twenty that Raleigh built out of sour grapes when the Moulton took off...


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    That's it!





    So how rare are they? Were they imported into the US? [Answer: not so dear...]
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    Coolio:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...rsw/index.html

    'If you watch the old British T.V. Show: "The Prisioner" with actor Patrick MaGooan you'll see The Raleigh R.S.W. 16 bikes in unique colors and the bikes had canopees over them! Quite a special set of props made especially for the show. The whole "village" set had these bikes being ridden all over in the show. Magooan in an interview calls them: "Stupid or silly little bicycles" (but personally..... I think they are *****in cool as all hell please excuse my language)' here
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    In the last episode.FALL OUT....the Raleigh WISP a moped version of the RSW 16 can also be seen!

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    Weird times those were. That's an ugly cuss of a bike in my opinion. Of course 'The Prisoner' was a series about a surreal and very peculiar situation, so we mustn't be surprised that bizarre biccyles were involved. I can well remember watching it as a lad. The bit that got me was that when Magoohan tried to escape the island, he was chased by a giant inflated condom thing. It was obviously a half inflated weather balloon attached to him with fine fishing line, but it was a terrifying spectacle as he ran through the shallow water on the beach, looking back in absolute panic at this white globby, floppy thing that was about to catch him. These chases always ended with him falling and the balloon bouncing off his semi conscious body.






    ROFLMAO - watch this link - amazing what used to be classes as terrifying televison:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Ffr1U7KMY


    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv813f2Xtrg&NR=1

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    yes they were imported into the US, most of the ones that made it over here appear to be the folding version, the Compact RSW.

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    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

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    Love that green paint colour. I'd love to get a R20 in that livery and condition. Only thing I'd change would be the seat and the white wall tyres a lot of R20s have on them... Disgusting style problem those. Horribly 'girly', like the white tail on the mudguard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    Love that green paint colour. I'd love to get a R20 in that livery and condition. Only thing I'd change would be the seat and the white wall tyres a lot of R20s have on them... Disgusting style problem those. Horribly 'girly', like the white tail on the mudguard.
    That seat isn't on there anymore, nor the seat post. White tires were OEM, mine were replaced along the way with Dunlop Redlines from the Raleigh Chopper. The white blaze on the fender was actually required in the UK by law for visibility, it is actually spelled out how large it was to be and how much of it had to be visible from a certain distance. I have been on the lookout for a 20 but have yet to find one in a condition at a price that I am willing to pay. I have an OEM dynohub wheel and a head light to get mounted on their one of these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    That seat isn't on there anymore, nor the seat post. White tires were OEM, mine were replaced along the way with Dunlop Redlines from the Raleigh Chopper. The white blaze on the fender was actually required in the UK by law for visibility, it is actually spelled out how large it was to be and how much of it had to be visible from a certain distance. I have been on the lookout for a 20 but have yet to find one in a condition at a price that I am willing to pay. I have an OEM dynohub wheel and a head light to get mounted on their one of these days.

    Aaron

    It's immaculate.

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    I still have this in the garage!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/worksmo...71259/sizes/o/

    The ultimate "village" transport?

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    This thread couldn't get any better - RSWs, Wisps, Mokes. heh.
    I love the parallels with current tv show 'Lost'...

    I'm actually rather partial to white painted patches on the rear mudguard. Wonderfully retro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
    It's immaculate.
    Actually it is beat up, but it doesn't show in the pictures It is 41 years old and shows it, the paint is nicked and the fender is bent and straightened on the side away from the camera. I will have to put up some more pictures when I get a Brooks and the dynohub on it.

    It is a fun little bike to cruise around on, I wouldn't want to ride it more than 3-4 miles at a crack. It sees most of it's use when I go camping.

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    I visited the village in 1983, it is in Portmeirion North Wales, very cool place.
    http://www.virtualportmeirion.com/

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