This is an easy one to sell: the Raleigh Twenty.
I have to come to terms with the fact that I will never spend the time or money to dial in this folder as I had planned to when I bought it.
I like Sheldon's freaky, yet wonderfully obsessed-over Twenty.
And of course our milk crate was only OK after I saw Tarik pull it off. Does the milk crate make the man, or the man make the milk crate? The latter I'm sure.
After borrowing a buddy's Swift Folder fixed gear for a couple months, I decided that if I go folder I'll likely go with the Swift. I've also spent about 30 or 40 miles on a Bike Friday folder and it's cool, but I don't really have a scenario where a folder makes sense. The only place I travel with any regularity is Redmond/Seattle area and my buddy Alex always hooks me up with a great bike.
Anyway, the fact is, the Raleigh Twenty is a wonderful bike for the true bike nerd to really geek out on. It's a standard canvas for folding nerds... if that makes any sense.
The Raleigh I'm selling originally shipped with the 451 mm 20" wheels. It's currently converted to standard BMX 20" (406 mm) and running a fixed gear. The cottered crank is being lame and I think will need to be replaced, which is really the crux of what stopped me in my tracks on this bike. Switching from 451 to 406 wheels makes for a bit of a bottom bracket drop. And with cheesy cottered cranks on there, you're stuck with huge platform (9/16ths) pedals; couple that with the fact that you're running fixed gear and you get the unintentional bunny hop on some corners, which is always a fun surprise.
I wanted to replace the cranks with some fancy short cranks, but to replace the cranks you need a regular/square spindle bottom bracket. The Raleigh 20 comes with a "special" (read: proprietary) bottom bracket shell, and of course the only sensible way to get a normal bottom bracket in there is to buy some fancy Phil Wood retaining rings. Phil is known for nice stuff, not bargain value prices. So that's where I stopped on this project.
So, if you want to buy any bits of this bike or frame, let me know. I'll part it out, since any serious nerd is not likely to want the bars and I don't want to sell the B-67 saddle that's on it.
There's also a reflector on the rear fender that I want to keep.
Bike as is w/out saddle and rear reflector: $100
Frameset only: $85
If you're curious about more technical specifics about how to make the Raleigh Twenty into a modern-ish, performance folder, check out Sheldon's Raleigh Twenty page.