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Old 03-12-13, 04:48 AM   #1
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The great Raleigh Twenty

I have been looking a great deal at the older raleigh twenties and I am hooked bigtime!
I know very little about them but have seen a few amazing looking twenties "Sixty fiver" has two great looking ones on here I love the olive green one he has customised. i am really thinking now of getting one for myself but i want to upgrade parts such as touring gears cranks seat wheels tyres etc to bring it up to date to give it a classic/new look. Can someome tell me are these quite heavy bikes? And do you think that they would be good for long distance touring? The Dahon might have to wait!!
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Old 03-12-13, 05:12 AM   #2
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My daughter has a non folding version and they are quite heavy. I can see the appeal and I myself spent a lot of money/time on a Moulton MK3 turning it into a modern day version keeping just the stock frame and replacing all the other parts with lighter alloy parts.

The only caveat is that you can spend a lot of money updating it and should probably consider what newer bike you could buy for the same money. That said I learnt a lot about bike mechanics doing up my Moulton and can you really put a price on that ?

PS There are lots of old non folding clones like the BSA Shopper.

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Old 03-12-13, 05:57 AM   #3
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hi jerry! nice to hear from you and thanks for letting me know about the weight of the twenty. i have ordered a Dahon VSC P18
and its being customised for my long haul travels. it comes in at 827 with all the upgrades as i am getting a discount which is great. i can buy a raleigh twenty for around 50 in great condition would i spend over 700 refurbishing and upgrading. not sure if i would. as i only want to change the gearing , brooks saddle, new tyres and wheels and a back rack. maybe its worth me considering. But the new bike is amazing as well!! but i could maybe save a lot of money.
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Old 03-12-13, 06:17 AM   #4
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Surely the weight would be secondary if touring?

What do the best options for brakes on a Twenty seem to be? I'd love one too but they are virtually unknown in continental Europe. As a kid I had a 'Fourteen' (kids' version of the Twenty), great little bike.
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Old 03-12-13, 06:39 AM   #5
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NP.

A little off topic but some before and after pics of my Raleigh Moulton MK3

A bit of a state covered in muck and grease. These are not cheap s/h around 200+




After. I just cleaned up the frame and lacquered it but as you can see spent a lot of time and money rebuilding new wheels and changing out all the chrome for alloy parts etc

As I said though I think it was worth it as I learnt so much about bike mechanics including some more wheel building skills. Front and rear suspension make it very comfy to ride. Originating from the early seventies the frame set was years ahead of its time.



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Old 03-12-13, 06:54 AM   #6
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^
that was exactly the bike I had after the Raleigh, same colour too! Great rear carrier.
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