Raleigh Twenty Folding Bike Restoration Completed
I recently finished Heather’s Raleigh Twenty a few days ago. When we first found the bike, I heard that it was a great bike. After the restoration, I have to say that I have a new appreciation for this type of bike…I see why they are popular!
The bike was completely stripped down and build back up from scratch. I found the combination of fine grade steel and Noxon metal cleaner worked wonders and chrome. This gave a brighter shine than the steel wool and wd40 method. Simichrome brought the dull aluminum parts up to a brilliant shine.
The tires were replaced with white walls and new white brake cables were added to match the look. A Brooks B67 saddle replaced the stock saddle. Kool-stop Continental brake pads improved the braking while maintaining the look. Heather liked a basket and we found the perfect one…from the kitchen! A few zip ties held it in place on the rack.
On the safety side, I found a vintage head light on Ebay that fit perfect on the bike. I figured that the light needed a modern update with a CREE XR-E 107 lumen LED, “micropuck” power regulator and a 25 degree dispersion optic. This runs on 2 AA batteries. The well-known Planet Bike Super Flash was mounted to the rack.
On the test ride after the rebuild, I found that it had issues of slipping in all gears. I thought it was the hub, so I stripped it down and rebuild it back up (something that was not easy as three sets of instructions all had errors!) I finally got it back together. However, I found out the issue was really a loose chain….so at least I know the hub is in great condition!
The Raleigh Twenty is true a gem of the folding bike world. With the Sturmey Archer AW three gear hub, lots of chrome, and a bullet proof steel frame, they don’t make them like they used to. It looks great and is a lot of fun to ride too.