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Old 03-20-09, 02:41 PM   #1
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Funky Raleigh 16" Wheel Folder - Any ideas what it is?

Hi All,

Well I thought I had scored a Twenty off of Ebay, but when I got the bike, it's not. I should have realized the hinge wasn't the same, my own fault.

But now after some more fruitless research on the web, I'm intrigued.

It is a Raleigh, with a "Made In Japan" sticker, along with the SA-3 Hub Stating fabrication in March of '81.

It's got 16-inch wheels. Everything on it looks appropriate for age and assembly on the bike, other than what appears to be updated cranks (and bottom bracket?)...I just can't find any information on any folder's by Raleigh as late as 81. The folding hinge doesn't match the RSW either.

The serial number stamped on the Seatstay bridge is S1F92319...which doesn't seem to match any Raleigh numbering methods I can find online.

I've attached a couple of pictures...anyone have any ideas what stripe of beast this may be? I'm still thinking about cleaning it up as one of my commuters.
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Old 03-20-09, 04:16 PM   #2
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its a Raleigh Cycle of America in short Raleigh USA and not Raleigh Nottingham[England]

Raleigh USA brand was owned by HUFFY

it probably came from one of their japanese suppliers i know bridgestone was one for their high end bikes. but japan has hundreds of folding bike makers and almost none of them export as their production capacity is not even enough to satisfy local demand.

that model is rare and only seen them in ebay listings
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Old 03-20-09, 04:25 PM   #3
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Looks like a good score if the price was right... it's adorable.
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A unique find... it needs alloy wheels, Schwalbe Big Apples and a Brooks B-66 saddle and you're set!
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I paid $137 including shipping...so I'm not too annoyed. I'm still tempted to try to get a Twenty sometime, but I'm under strict orders on not getting too many bikes!

It's got "The Raleigh" badges and stickers.

It seems to already have Araya aluminum rims (magnet doesn't stick) and an updated BB and cranks or maybe it came that way stock, it's hard to tell. It's a pretty comfortable ride, I'm probably going to get some Big Apples and figure out some better brakes (cool-stops, right?).

Right now I need to clean it up some more and do a service and lube on the SA hub...I'm only getting 2 of 3 gears right now.

Thanks for all of the replies! Anyone who might have more info, just let me know.
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Looks like it's a Raleigh version of the Huffy Tourist or Touriste...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chop_an...7605285036417/

Also found one on the local CL: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/bik/1076133331.html

Looks like I didn't overpay WAY too much...<raised eyebrow>...of course this one is less than a 20 minute drive away, oh well.
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Raleigh 1980s folding bike made in Japan 16" wheels

I just found one of these about 10 minutes from where I live. It is in amazing condition too original early 1980's as the Sturmey Archer hub is dated 1980. It is burgundy with 16" alloy wheels, Sugino cotterless cranks and original tires without any dry rot.
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Looks like a Raleigh rsw folding compact or its equivalent - Retro Raleighs: The RSW

Raleigh RSW
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I just found one of these about 10 minutes from where I live. It is in amazing condition too original early 1980's as the Sturmey Archer hub is dated 1980. It is burgundy with 16" alloy wheels, Sugino cotterless cranks and original tires without any dry rot.
What do you know about this model? would like to see more pics
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What do you know about this model? would like to see more pics
Built in Japan, there are several other branding of this bike.

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Built in Japan, there are several other branding of this bike.

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Thanks Aaron... I believe I have the version of this bike branded Raleigh
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Since this thread about identifying Raleigh folders, can anyone tell if this is US(North America) or England origin..
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Since this thread about identifying Raleigh folders, can anyone tell if this is US(North America) or England origin..
Built in England for the US market. Typically the US bikes have the hinge and 406 (BMX size) wheels. In the UK folders are less common and typically come with 451 wheels. To the best of my knowlege all Raleigh Twentys were built in the UK. There were some variants built in AUS by Morrison.

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Sheldon Brown's Raleigh Twenty Bicycle Page
http://raleightwenty.webs.com/history.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raleigh_Twenty
https://hadland.wordpress.com/2012/0...gh-twenty-r20/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/RaleighTwenty/
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