After deciding to take up biking this summer, after not having ridden a bike in maybe 45 years, I found this site and decided on a folder. I bought a Speed D7 after my research, and have enjoyed it over the summer. While reading the many posts and thoughts here, and wanting to learn about maintaining a bike, I was on the look-out for a R20. Yesterday I bought one! Well, actually here in Canada they are referred to as Supercycle Twenty, but they are clearly made in England by Raleigh for Canadian Tire in Canada. When I went to see it, I couldn't believe that it seemed to be totally original: from the 'Supercycle' brand name of tire to the Brooks saddle (which by the way looks absolutely PRISTINE!). It seems to have all the pieces. At first glance and first round of playing with it, everything seems to work. The IGH does seem a bit slow changing, but that could just be due to lack of use and/or lubrication that was more than likely not ever done. The front wheel appears to be in very good shape. The rear wheel, however, seems to be very rusty in some sections and the chrome is peeling. The tires look to be in very good shape and they hold air well.
Anyways, I thought I would share this with you, cuz I am thrilled!!! (my wife did make me take it out of the living room ) I am a complete novice at bike maintenance and would appreciate any insight or help that any of you can provide me or point me in the right direction.
I guess to start with, I should basically take it all apart and clean and lubricate those parts that need it. The cables will need to be replaced and the SA 3-speed IGH will need external cleaning and application of some oil. That's about as far as I can think right now.
Hope you like the pics.