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Old 08-14-10, 01:56 PM   #1
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Raleigh Twenty Info

I picked up this Raleigh Twenty today (Craigslist) and was wondering if anybody could tell me if it was a "Shopper" model or some other model. I have modification plans for it. Thanks.

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I picked up this Raleigh Twenty today (Craigslist) and was wondering if anybody could tell me if it was a "Shopper" model or some other model. I have modification plans for it. Thanks.
Oh another "twin" to my own Twenty! Mine is at the bike shop right now being updated to the Twenty-first century without losing it's unique charm. You might find that you may not need to do too much to it or even go in another direction when you start your project. Your photo appears to suggest that your bike might not need much in the way of modification at all.
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Fast folder! Be sure to install alloy wheels in place of the stock steel ones and you'll have a bike that will equal the ride of a Bike Friday at a much lower cost!

Have fun with yours!
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In answer to your question - in the uk at least - 'Shopper' was a name given mostly to the non-folding version, which is not so common beyond these shores. Beyond the folding ability, and the cable routing there are not really any other differences to the bikes.

Sure - there were different specs - racks, lights, gearing and coaster brake options over the years—but simply put there were only ever two frames - folding and non-folding.

Even the fact that UK bikes had bigger wheels [ISO 451] than export models [ISO 406] was accomodated by long reach brakes rather than variations in the brake and chainstay bridges on the frame

Hope that helps. That's a really nice one. Chrome rims are fine if you're using it as a fair-weather cruiser, but upgrading to alloy and getting some better brake blocks really are a good idea if you plan to more than just minimal 'to the shops' sort of rides.
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Looks like a regular folding Twenty with some upgrades on it, the lights and the dynohub.

Clean it up, put some Kool Stop Continentals on it and ride. Worry about upgrades later. Raleigh used several different names in different countries over the years. Most if not all of the ones sold by US dealers were the folding Twenty, color varied by year.

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Thanks for the info. The 3-speed hub doesn't work very good as the cable housing is somewhat broken at the shifter end. Can I use any SA-compatible 3-speed shifter with a new cable?
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Nice looking 20. I just bought a 73 model on ebay and am anxious to get it. Be sure to sign up on this cool Raleigh forum http://raleightwenty.webs.com. It's new and there is a fair amount of info in the threads and links. Majority of the comments on brake pads favor Kool Stop Continentals in salmon.
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