I am in New Zealand and picked up some Denims. A Raleigh Denim and a Morrison Denim. Boith are made by Morrison Industries in New Zealanbd due to a Government decree that imported bicycles had to have local imput of about 45 % or thereabouts.
I also have a 2 speed R 'Twenty' with swan motif chainwheel. Entering that in the Raleigh tweenty Races at Oamaru, Otago, NZ in November 2010. First prize mens over $450.00. Just search it for contact and entry details.
I have some R 20 wrecks . a 77 ornage 3 speed and similar blue model. A gold 2 speed with concentric ring chainwheel [ has swaged seat post tube and head neck has subtle swaging too..unusual? Not as extreme as an eska but deteactable by eye and pleasing too. The orange and gold one don't have all the wheels but I am finding them gradually.
Will try to get pics shortly. My 2 speed is on flicker under searching raleigh_20_gold + Octagon'and I had a 3 speed green ice one and it is found by searching 'Raleigh 20 + North Ground Dunedin'.
I prefer the 2 speeds all around as the 3 speed are too dependent on cables and the gearing does not alsways suit and having to flick the lever manually is n iot the same as a more naturaly inclined coaster brake action to shift up or down..and it works rain hail and shine which we have had a lot of lately here ( :
Its got 16 spokes in the wheel. Ive heard about redrilling hubs to take more spokes. Ive got the 28 spoke rusty chrome wheels from white bike. And some 36 spoke alloys. How easy is it to figure out where to drill. Is it lots of work with protractors? Do the spokes have to be all different lengths?
Alec, it would be quite easy if you can get access to a mill with a rotary table (sometimes it's a dividing head). You can just mount it up in the chuck, turn the handle the right number of degrees round and drill, rinse and repeat x 36.
I would say that doubling the number of spokes will be quite easy because you can just drill equally in between the existing holes. Going to a number that's not a multiple of the existing number of spokes will give you problems though, because you're going to hit existing holes unless you get very clever with a protractor. Alternatively, if there's enough meat on the hub you might be able to drill a new ring of holes on a dfferent diameter. You can get spokes in all sorts of lengths so that side of things shouldn't be a problem.
I did have a spoke threading machine. gave it away to a retro rider when I was being thrown out of my old house. I got a different spoke threading machine from ebay. but its got a 15g die. so no use. I don't have access to a machine shop. I don't even own a drill. But I donated my drill, and a few other tools, to a Volunteers organisation. So could go there and use it. Was thinking of putting the hub in the frame and turning it. then using the punch, held against the frame tubes, to mark the hole. I went upto a bike shop in town. they are famous round here. so thought they would have the special ferrules I need for my Diacompe bar end levers. took about 10 minutes explaining and showing them the hole in the lever body. That shop used to be the place to get racers. but they had no clue about the bar end levers, as used by lots of time trialist. I said the ferrules were stepped, thinner to fit into the lever body. I should have taken one from my Raleigh. It has chrome Sturmey Archer levers. Like a chopper uses. I eventually got the 2 ferrules, and six normal ferrules. They were 60p each. I asked about inner wire. the rear brake has 1.6m outer casing, as it goes all the way down to the bb and then back upto the brake. But they said there inner wire was that long. And it was £2.99. They had a tandem wire for £7. I used to work in a bike shop along the road from them. Had clarkes cables at 2metre length for £2, the also sold ferrules for 10p. Pity I don't want to set foot in the acursed place again. Support your local Bike shop. I don't think so. Will buy a lot of ferrules from ebay for half the price of the LBS wanted. Need some for my Raleigh traveller. Its getting the big chunky MTB levers that I had got for the white bike. But changed my mind about.
;DI got another length of the shiny red outer casing. Also got a couple of 2 metre long inner brake wires, from ebay. So yesterday I set to assembling the white bike. I filed the holes in the frame for the cables a bit. As these red cables have a clear plastic coating on them. So a bit thicker than black or white cables. I used the long wheel nut and gear rod thing, from my SA dyno hub. I'll have to build that hub into a wheel sometime. I taped up the bars with Raleigh bar tape. Its kind of rubbish. not padded and really dificult to wrap. No wonder it was still in the shop after all these years. Its a nice day today. So took the bike along the seafront
Uploaded with ImageShack.us think there moving a transformer there.
Uploaded with ImageShack.us Thats the bars. Dia compe bar end brake levers. With the trigger shifter mounted on the stem. I'm wanting that plastic tunnel guide thing that goes under the bar tape on racers. I don't know what its called.
Uploaded with ImageShack.us Was it Muddy Fox who had an Advert back in the 80s of a bike standing on the river. Well my white bike can stand up by itself. I had picked up a rock to put under the sidestand. but didnt need it. Still had it in my jacket pocket when I got home. I thought it was a funny looking rock. I managed to bend it with my fingers. Big lump of tar.
I'm thinking of getting red tyres. Will fit a computer. Was planning on fitting it to the top tube, like a Vektar. But that would be too far away to see the numbers
Does the pictures show? It showed on my home PC. But not on the Libraries PC. Do I have to spend another 2 hours trying to get a good enough signal on my rubbish O2 mobile internet plug. So I can upload them onto here.
Is there a reliable, fast, easy to use photo website? I'm sick of Photobucket. It just take so long to not get to my page. Flickr is slightly better. But its got a limit to how many pics there can be. And I cant get it to work on my laptop. Image shack is what I tried today. I'm Alecw35 on there. If you want to try and see my pics.
I'm at home now. I can see my images. Its got a few different codes on Imageshack. seems to only show on direct link. Do other people see the images. Ive been on forums for years. Its always difficult to upload and link to pictures. I don't understand how they cant make it user freindly.
I went out for a jet about the town. Had no real plan of where to go. But this round about showed the way.
or rather it didnt. I went up that path. Got to another road, and my front tyre flatted as I was about to go off the pavement. The road across from there was Kirk Walk. Should be renamed Alec Walk. Had to walk 5 minutes home
My laptop that Ive only had a few months wont start windows. I had installed Nortons 360 on it last week. It didnt see any viruses or problems. So will see what the shop says.
So not able to upload more pics just now.
I fitted a Kellogs computer. Its a big white lump that looks like an Ipod. Its got thin numbers. You have to start the speedo. And it wont show the time when displaying the speed. Kind of rubbish. Also. It says I'm not going 50mph. I was sure I was belting along. :/
I'm looking for a twenty frame or complete bike if anyone has one for sale? Wanna build a lil town tourer type thing... Got my bigger stuff for going out into the sticks but want somthing nimble and easy to put away for the town work....
woo hoo... Just picked up two bikes from gosport last night...
a 68 dated RSW and a 77 dated TWENTY.. both with dynamo hubs... ;D
Rode the rsw a couple of times today but the three speed cable snapped. Whipped it off the twenty and its ready to go again atm but as the lights arnt wired up I don't fancy gettin pulled by the plod in the dark....
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2010 19:56:32 GMT by retrowagen1234
Looking good. I've wanted one of these for a while. Personally I'd upgrade with modern alu parts (although it'd be a lot of work, the BB shells are much wider than standard so you'd have to face down the BB shell to get a square-taper axle/cartridge in there I think), BMX rims, whitewall tyres, singlespeed, drum brakes, nice bright paint scheme. A good urban commuting bike but nicer looking than modern Dahons/Bromptons.
Ive been in the huff with white bike. A new set of BMX brakes. But can hardly stop. :/
I did some adjustments. removed a pad then adjusted the cables. Made them closer to the rims when pad squeezed back in. I angled the bars back a bit. As steering was very twitchy.
was out on thursday to Broughty Ferry. A town 5 miles away. flew along the bike path. Seen 15mph on computer. Got there in about 40 minutes. had stopped for a few pics. Will have my laptop back on monday. So hopefully get some photos on here. I was sitting on the bike in a car park space. Behind me, a wide pavement for people to cross the main shopping street. I heard the woman of a middle aged couple say to him. We should get bikes like that. Then she walked right in front of me. Even tho I was ready to go on the road. And she should have been on the wide pavement instead of the road. GRRR
I seen 18.5mph coming back along the bike path. On a stretch where its right beside the railway line. slight incline.
So I started writing a post for this thread about my Triumph Twenty I've just started on, but as I started typing it got longer and longer and instead of hijacking this thread I decided to start a new one. Have a look if you're interested.
Thanks to the OP for citing my Twenty as inspiration (www.littlepixel.info/twenty).
It's in bits at the moment as I consider options for losing some weight - ie lose the crap susp forks and going back to the nice larger 451 wheels. In the meantime - here's some pix of my 'other' non folding twenty;
With a bit of angle grinding action you can supersize to 24" (iso 520) wheels and have a little pocket racing rocket on your hands. Much fun. Need to get rear bridges brazed and some proper paint (I want do to blue/grey/yellow/black like original Space Lego). Or Red/yellow.
Hi Littlepixel. I havent been on bikeforums for a while. Have to look back there sometime. I'm Griftereck on there. No I no longer have a Raleigh Grifter.
Emdee. That looks good. Are those Italian mags. Think I had one on my matt black Raleigh Burner. I'm planning on getting red tyres for my white bike. But one ebay seller made me go in the huff. Said he would take offers, for the tyres. So I put an offer that was not much less than his buy it now price. he say no.
Ive been to the volunteers centre today. One of the young men is making a wooden chopper. I might give him some bits. Got a couple of girls bike frames that I stripped for parts.