Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Faversham, Kent, UK
Originally posted by rugibiker
hi all,im getting a bike off someone shortly called a raleigh stowaway,its an old bike and it folds but i dont know much else ,does anyone out there own one.any info welcome.
I hope it's not the one off the police auction on ebay earlier in the week where I was outbid
The Stowaway was one of the last of the folding Raleigh 20's. I believe the Raleigh 20's were first made in the late 60's and were certainly still made well into the 80's (I think the Stowaway is late 80's). Earlier ones were labelled Raleigh Shoppers (both folding & non-folding)
Raleigh 20's were all steel bikes some of which were hinged some of which weren't. They don't fold up much more than simply in half but are quite solidly built (Sheldon claims they can be ridden without the hinge pin in place). As the name suggests they're 20" wheelers.
They tend to have guards, rack etc. and are all internally geared.
There are one or two sites on the web showing interesting rebuilds of Raleigh Twenties. I fancy getting one and doing it up with BMX bits a little like the one on Sheldon's site (he's quite a fan and has a lot more info on his site) so that I can have a hardcore urban shopper (don't worry I won't get the devil woolly hat)
Good luck and enjoy.
Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)