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Old 07-27-11, 11:26 AM
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Raleigh Twenty

Hey Gang,

What can you folks tell me about my new bike? I managed to nab it from my local community bike shop recently. I plan to rebuild the wheels and get the hub working (it's missing the indicator spindle) and possibly upgrade the bars etc, but it'll be a slow process.

The hub looks to be from 79, so is that decent indication of the bike's age?

Anyway, I'm keen to get some input.

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Old 07-27-11, 11:55 AM
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As far as what it's worth you mean? well, here in L.A. they seem to sell pretty quick "as found" for $100-$150. Perfect rideable ones seem to go for $200 or so. I have owned 3, one I bought for $10 in rough shape, one for $40 in decent garage condition and one I paid over $200 on ebay because it was a rare 451-wheeled non-folding model.
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Old 07-27-11, 11:57 AM
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What size are those tires? If they are the 20x1 3/8 ones ( 451mm ISO) you have a fairly rare in the US one that I prefer.
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Old 07-27-11, 12:38 PM
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I'm not too concerned with it's value. Just trying to dig up some info on it. I'll check the wheel size when I am back at home.

Thanks for the info so far
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Old 07-27-11, 01:49 PM
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You posted in the wrong section... here we just tell you your bike is worthless
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Old 07-27-11, 02:19 PM
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Maybe i'll post it on the other side too, just so i can find out my bike is worthless and common
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Old 07-27-11, 05:54 PM
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Looks like it is indeed the 451's. Happily I was able to use my volunteer hours to obtain this, so I actually got it for no money at all.
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Old 07-29-11, 02:48 PM
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Sweet. Now replace the junk rims and nasty 'headset' with some alloy CR18s and a 1 inch threadless headset. THen enjoy...
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Originally Posted by robertob View Post
Sweet. Now replace the junk rims and nasty 'headset' with some alloy CR18s and a 1 inch threadless headset. THen enjoy...

I was looking at the CR18's actually. Do you have any suggestions for who makes a headset that would work?
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I think the best four places to find out more are:
1) Sheldon's R20 page: http://sheldonbrown.com/raleigh-twenty.html
2) Tony Hadland's page: http://www.hadland.me.uk/twenty.htm
3) Raleigh Twenty Webs: http://raleightwenty.webs.com/
4) Search the threads on here - there have been loads of Twenty project bikes so pull up a chair, and read through some of the better ones...
(all posts in this link contain R20 refs) http://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=3118413

And lastly - Google is your friend!
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Yeah there are lots more raleigh twenty heads out there.

On mine, I replaced the front rim only with a CR18. The rims are easy to find because they are used in 'mini BMX' racing. You want as few spokes as you can find because such short spokes are really strong. I live where it hardly rains so I left the rear rim original.

I replaced my hub with a modern QR hub, the only problem is the fender stays are attached to the front axle so it really would have been just as good/better to replace it with a nutted hub.

As for the headset what you want is a cheap generic 1 inch threadless headset. Then remove that crappy bushing from the top and use all the top parts from the threadless HS. It's tricky to adjust but you use the original handlebar clamp to hold it all together. Works great.
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Old 08-13-11, 07:28 AM
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I would try to keep it original ,,, or at least, store the replaced parts for later, if you decide to resell. Those bikes are pretty good sellers in many areas.
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