Wednesday, 12 January 2011

A Raleigh Twenty aged 40

So here's a little Raleigh Twenty 20 inch wheeled shopping bike, which for the sake of argument I will suggest is from 1971, thus making it forty this year. What caught my eye on it, was the neat little rear fender with the integrated dynamo light, sooo much classier than most modern LED bike lights you can get. That was the inspiration behind my efforts to convert an old dynamo light into an led one, which you can read here.
This Twenty though is a little more rough and ready. All the bikes here are currently wearing a fairly unhealthy coat of winter dirt and grime.

Still, it's getting someone around Nottingham though!

And this blurry I-don't-really-want-to-stand-in-the-rain-and-take-pictures photo shows the neat Twenty graphic text on that super low top/cross bar.


  1. 1981 - 2011 is thirty years and not forty. Nice post, though!

  2. This bike is really interesting. The back light arrangement is cool!

  3. Wow, that was an absolute maths failure on my part!

  4. Font on Frame is Eurostile Extended Bold should you ever feel the need to make new decals - perhaps after a repaint. Sweet bike.

  5. Incredible knowledge! Thanks for that!