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Old 11-01-09, 01:02 AM   #1
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R18?

On Aussie ebay Item No. 110451452406

Never seen one of these.
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Old 11-01-09, 05:08 AM   #2
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An R18 is Pashley Moulton APB factory set-up with drop bars but with clearance for wide tyres.

A Raleigh Eighteen is a smaller-wheeled Raleigh Twenty.
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Yep that is a Raleigh Eighteen...first one I have ever seen or heard of.

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Raleigh 18s were the non-gender specific 'smaller' bike based on the Twenty Geometry (sans bb stays); also called Commandos (aimed at boys) or Denim (at Girls). My girlfriend had a Denim as a child. She says it was 'very heavy' lol

Could make a nice mini-velo. Not sure of the wheel-size - looks like 406 but hard to say without having one here.

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Old 11-02-09, 06:18 AM   #5
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Wow, good pics L.P.

I have three R20s now, this R18 would suit my 21 yr old daughter....she's barely 5' tall!
I calls 'er "Rosie Cotton from the Shire"
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I chopped a Raleigh Denim. Got a handle from a from a push lawnmower welded on to headstock and seat tube. then tubes from the rear drop outs to the end of the top tubes. For the sissy bar and seat from a Mark 2 chopper. With the bars from that as well. Had 20" alloys with a 3 speed shimano hub and twistgrip. Was painted black. Was ok. Had problems with spokes breaking on the old wheels. Also broke a pedal spindle going up a hill. fell forward and skinned the back of my hand on the back of the brake lever.
Also had a Commando. Got from the dump. It was going to get chopped too. But just took it all to bits. Then gave up
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where do you get the lightweight rear wheel that the gold 18 has?

how was picture taken?
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The wheels are 18 x 1 3/8".

I fitted 406 20 x 1.75 tyres and wheels to my chopped denim. Didnt mod the frame. Was a tight fit to get in. Had to pump tyre after fitting wheel.
I did have stainless steel mudguards on it. So clearances were ok when it was in there
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Think of the weight we could save with spokeless wheels!
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where do you get the lightweight rear wheel that the gold 18 has?

how was picture taken?
i was baffled as well

seems the brake blocks are holding the rather stiff old tire in place .....which leans against the plate behind the bb

good pic fer sure lol

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18 x 1-3/8 would be ISO 400, not 406

http://www.bikecult.com/works/wheelsizes.html

None of those bikes look like they fold, either
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None of those bikes look like they fold, either
Is that a problem? There's nowhere else to post about little wheeled beauties...
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Is that a problem? There's nowhere else to post about little wheeled beauties...
Yeah, my 3 R20s don't fold...

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my RSW16 doesn't fold either, but my R20 does
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Yeah, my 3 R20s don't fold...

"I always feel like the dirt poor inbred cousin from Deliverance on here", he drawls, as he plucks at his weather-beaten banjo, eyes slanted and off centre, grubby bare feet dangling over an unnamed bridge, a handline tied to his swollen big toe...."The catfish is bit'n agin, Ma"
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my RSW16 doesn't fold either, but my R20 does
Interestingly enough all of mine do (R20's and the RSW16). Apparently the folding versions were more common in the US than the non folding. They were offered (at least they show up in the catalogs) and I have seen one or two.

IMHO putting here in the folding forum is just fine, they are closer to a folder than they are a BMX.

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