Time to start a thread for my R20 project.
I can't perfectly recall how I decided I wanted to build one of these, but I think it began with me researching when Pirelli last made tyres for bikes. Having found the last ones they made appeared to be cream 451 tyres made for a Raleigh Twenty, I then got looking at the Twenty. I had a brief look around at what people had done with them and read Sheldon Brown's praise of the frame and thought I quite fancied building up a folding bike based upon it. While they were available NOS, I thought I'd pick up a pair of the tyres off Bankrupt Bikes on Ebay:
One of my friends was also looking for a bike to learn to ride on and a foldable Stowaway seemed to fit the bill perfectly. I managed to pick one up in very good condition on a cheap BIN on Ebay:
However, as it transpired she didn't get time to sort learning to ride before going on holiday to Vietnam, which was the plan. It seemed a bit of a waste to split a nice condition bike, but since I have it I intend to use this frame and possibly forks, for my project.
To solve the classic Raleigh Twenty bottom bracket issue, I intend to try using a Mavic bottom bracket - I have a couple around I can try, but may need one with a longer spindle. This led me to decide I will aim to build it up with French/European parts. Colour wise, I'm thinking of having it powdercoated a metallic purple, to complement the cream tyres, and then using a combination of silver and gunmetal colour parts, using brushed/satin finish parts where possible.
I think this is most the parts I've picked up so far:
First I bought a couple of Pelissier hubs and separately bought some P1001 quick releases to go with them. I will need to cold set the frame and the forks if I decide to use the originals to fit the larger OLDs.
I also got a 5-speed Maillard freehub, as I intend to set it up with simple 1x5 gearing.
I picked up some cheap unbranded alloy 451 rims, which are pretty light, have a brushed finish and seem good enough.
I'm going to need at least a 400mm seat post, so I picked up the Handsome Dog one as the sandblasted finish is great.
I wanted the bars as they will give me multiple hand positions very similar to the bars with separate bar ends that came as standard on my Specialized M2. These are made by 3TTT and a glossy gunmetal finish.
I also wanted a 300mm metal pump to fit on the frame to replace the plastic one it would originally have had, but they seemingly aren't that easy to find. I had a search around and found an average quality one on ebay.it, but the postage would have made it way too expensive. I fancied a classic Zéfal pump, as I remember those from the late 80s and having checked their website the MT 323 sounded perfect. Unfortunately, this is one of the few in their range that isn't imported into the UK. I messaged the importers and they said they may be able to get one as a special order, but would have to go and place the order through my LBS and it might take some time and be pricey, so instead I continued my search and found a online shop in France (Rue du Vélo - http://www.rueduvelo.com/
)who stocked them and were happy to ship to the UK. The shipping was very reasonable and arrived in a couple of days! So I was pleased I went down this route and would heartily recommend Rue du Vélo.
I might have some other parts for it I've forgotten and there are more in the post.
I'll start filling in the spec sheet now and update it here as I go along:
Frame: 1978 Raleigh Stowaway
Fork: Ishitawa Chrome
Headset: Ofmega Competizione?
Stem: 3T Forge Ahead
Handlebar: 3TTT Integrated MTB bar
Bar Tape: none
Brake Levers: Shimano R550
Brake Calipers: CLB
Shifters: Suntour Index Control
Front Derailleur: n/a
Rear Derailleur: Sachs-Huret New Success ARIS
Cassette: Maillard 5-speed Freehub 14-17-19-22-26
Cranks: EDCO Competition
Chainrings: Campagnolo 57T
Bottom Bracket: Mavic
Pedals: Xpedo Traverse XCF08MC
Rims: Unbranded alloy 451s
Hub Skewers: Pelissier P1001
Nipples: 12mm brass
Spokes: British made 14g stainless steel plain gauge
Saddle: Specialized Toupe Expert 143
Seatpost: Handsome Dog Lite Stik
Seatpost Binder: Original Raleigh
Bottle Cage: n/a
Extras: Zéfal MT 323 bike pump
Any comments welcomed, even ones along the lines of "Why on earth do you want to build up a Raleigh Twenty?" and "That bike doesn't deserve to be in this section/on this forum".