August 2015 - Cover Photo:
“Ben” by Canalligator
When Canalligator goes to the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, he loves to put the family bikes on the ferry at Hatteras Village, then cycle Ocracoke Island to Ocracoke Village. This picture was shot at the boardwalk beach access which is across from the pony barns.
The bike's AW is marked 74. It was new at the time he worked in a Raleigh shop, though it did not come from the shop where he worked. He obtained it from the original owner who had three of them, which his family took in the motorhome. He was g iving up the travel due to his age and his wife's health, and sold all three bikes. Canalligator only bought one but the best one. After a full rebuild, He wanted more gears but wanted to keep it true to period, so he did the 3x2 conversion (AW x 2). As he's 6'4" (190 cm), he created the telescoping seat post and extended the stem. He’s named this Twenty Ben, because it folds.
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The original Raleigh Twenty was in production in various forms and under various names from 1968 until 1984 and has gained a cult following from cyclists worldwide. This popularity can be largely attributed to the late Sheldon Brown, a legendary bicycle guru, who owned several Raleigh Twenty’s throughout his lifetime.
At one stage, the “Twenty” was Raleigh’s biggest seller. Raleigh’s survival through the cycling slump of the 70’s can be largely attributed to the Twenty and it’s variant models. It was sold also under many of Raleigh’s captive brand names such as Triumph, Sun, Hercules and BSA. It was also sold as the “Supercycle Twenty” in Canada. It was also built to a unique design by Morrison Industries in New Zeland.