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Show me your Raleigh 20?

Old 03-25-19, 03:25 PM
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Show me your Raleigh 20?


Looking for some inspiration for setting up my first folder, a Raleigh 20. Anyone update one of these? I've gone over Sheldons pages and have a bunch of ideas, I'd love some inspiration!
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Hey Friend! You might want to see if your thread can be moved to CV. This is a modern crowd with newer folders.

But just to make you feel at home... what size wheels are your R20, 406 or 451? Both of ours are Canadian models.

Edit: mine has the N prefix on the serial# plus the curved pedals so it’s an English model. But it’s spent time in Canada!
English is great too.

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1979 R20 English model
I decided to keep mine traditional.

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Old 03-27-19, 11:51 AM
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This is my modified 1973 Raleigh 20.
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A Rehab from a couple of years ago.









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Wonderful examples! Great to see a few more C&V folks over this way as they add a touch of "Class" to they otherwise modern folding bike scene.
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As much as I like seeing the original machines, it sure is a hoot to see all the different ideas of what members want their bikes to become!

Bravo everyone!

i certainly have no qualms about bring the tooth count up on the rear cog, 15t, really? Another shocker was the count on spokes. Did not consider that 28 was going to be the spoke number for both wheels. Complicating a rim upgrade down the line maybe.
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Old 03-30-19, 03:45 AM
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Anyone know the official name of the green color ? Appart from "vomit green" that i see here or mentionned on ****** ?
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Anyone know the official name of the green color ? Appart from "vomit green" that i see here or mentionned on ****** ?
"Bronze Green" according to the catalogs. I think raleighs used a yellow primer, so black brown and green best covered it.


And this is a GREAT response! These twenty's are looking good!!
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Thanks ! Finaly putting a name on that color.
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'73 Folder with my buddy.....
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Great bikes.
How much do these bikes weigh?
What is the maximum width tires can be?
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'73 Folder with my buddy.....
Always admiring the machine but really DIGGIN’ the pull behind. Great idea to bring your friend and a cold one with you for when you stop!
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Great bikes.
How much do these bikes weigh?
What is the maximum width tires can be?
They are great bikes to ride around on when going to places near and far.

two good questions that I have not yet begun to explore. Actually there are too many variables to give just one answer to each.
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Always admiring the machine but really DIGGIN’ the pull behind. Great idea to bring your friend and a cold one with you for when you stop!
Thanks!
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In stock configuration a Folding Twenty is pretty heavy.
Great bikes though, once you have it set up how you like it.
Mine has zero original parts.
bottom bracket: Shimano axel w/ Phil wood cups
crank and brakes: both are Campagnolo (rear caliper is Super Record, front is N.R.)
Aluminum seat post and other assorted left over parts..ahead-set MTB stem etc.
451 rims w/ Schwalbe Durano tires..
53 x 14 ..if I remember correctly, Single speed.
Can break the whole thing down ..or build it up...to fit in a 29" suitcase, in 20 minutes with just a few tools.
1. Cranks come off
2. remove wheels
3. seat post ( reflector helps keep the seat post heigh constant when re-installing, otherwise use a sharpie to make a line here)
4. bars/stem
5. frame of course separates with a single allen bolt.

Have ridden in Seoul, London, Paris, Munich, Zurich & various towns near these cities,
if I were to travel now/soon I would consider taking my Ti-Swift (...if / when we can travel again!)
but I keep the Folding 20 incase I go to a place where I need a 'lock-up' bike,
it's 'cosmetically challenged' and is pretty safe to lock-up, in say, Paris or London or NYC
all depends on the type of travel I am doing, where I am headed - whether it's for work / commuting or pleasure / distance riding.
Folding 20 has been great !
Seen here: shuttling about out near the boat / beach with visits to the hardware store and supermarket.


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Old 05-24-19, 01:13 AM
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I've got one of these- I think!

let me dig it out and get a picture- (if I can post pictures, yet...?!)
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Does anyone have a Raleigh 20 they might consider selling someday?
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the way you've worded that 'voice- implies a value I wasn't aware of...

Are these things REALLY sought after..?
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the way you've worded that 'voice- implies a value I wasn't aware of...

Are these things REALLY sought after..?
Nothing to float dollar signs around but these Twenties have a solid fan club. Most come out of the workshop completely changed but some are kept relatively intact. They are nice simple riders and hold their charm well.
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interesting-

I wonder if I can post pictures yet;

I think I've got a peach of a twenty, as it happens

(unless I'm in a complete fantasy world about what it is!)

In fact; perhaps I am- as my one doesn't fold! I was lead to believe at one point this might have been a 'Gemini 20'

It doesn't have these crazy tyres on any more; this is a legacy pic from the day I got it a couple of years ago...

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^^ It’s a peach for Sure! Looks quite nice with that colour. I see lugs! Don’t think this is a Raleigh and not a folder but still the same basic design. I bet it rides just as nice. If this is a legacy pic, do you have a current image?
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Do you see many Dawes folders around still?
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oh- sorry- apologies for photobombing the thread with irrelevance-

thankyou for your optimism '3speed

I 'understood' it to be a 'Raleigh Gemini 20' made for UK retail-chain Halfords, and badged as a 'Halfords-20'

No- sorry; as i sit at my desk at work at 21:15; I don't have another picture! But I'll get one this weekend..

Thankyou for your interest

- actually as it happens (for what it's worth!) I do have a detail of the rear brake lever (which I took when I 1st saw the bike) before I owned it
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