Got myself a new folder, but not a Brompton in the end!

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by Binka, 2 Dec 2017.

  1. Binka

    Binka Senior Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    Picked this Phillips Folda up for £20. It's in amazing condition to think its late 79s or early 80s? Thought it's worth a try for the money.
     

    Attached Files:

    Dogtrousers and HLaB like this.
  2. My elder sister had something like that I don't think it got folded much :becool:
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Binka

    Binka Senior Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    If it ends up being too much of a pain folding it I'm just going to leave it locked at the train station overnight. See how long it lasts.
     
    steveindenmark and HLaB like this.
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Fab!

    I have the same bike branded as a BSA.
    Don’t bother folding them, they’re hopeless. But they’re crackng machines. Have done 60 miles in one go on mine without issue.
    One thing is that the seatposts tend to come up a bit short but thankfully longer modern ally ones are available.

    Lock it up with a half decent lock though, they are becoming collectable.

    I have a Phillips folder to restore which is a rebranded Raleigh 20!

    Enjoy your bargain.
     
    raleighnut and HLaB like this.
  5. OP
    OP
    Binka

    Binka Senior Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    Hmmm, I need it for the work commute so either need to fold it on the train or lock it at the station overnight. Must admit I would be sad if it was pinched, seems like a cracking little bike and I do have a soft spot for retro bikes.
     
    Fab Foodie likes this.
  6. alicat

    alicat Legendary Member

    Location:
    Staffs
    Nice!
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Binka

    Binka Senior Member

    Location:
    Lincoln, uk
    The bloke selling it folded it really quickly, must admit it doesn't click together like a Brompton so will need some sort of bungee and it obviously isn't as small as a Brompton. But it seems manageable? If it isn't I will be getting a Brompton.
     
  8. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Only one way to find out!
     
  9. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Perhaps you already are familiar with "Sheldon Brown's Raleigh Twenty" pages but if not you might enjoy them. He obviously loved modifying them and has a lot of info on rebuilding and restoring them. BTW, Velo Orange has a threadless bottom bracket that is pretty nice if yours is shot and you can't get parts. He has a particularly tasty (to me, anyway) fixed gear twenty that looks like great fun.
     
    NickNick and raleighnut like this.
  10. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Lovely bike and looks in good nick too considering the age.
    Please don’t be tempted to do this it’ll likely just get vandalised and that would be a shame.
     
  11. bonzobanana

    bonzobanana Senior Member

    You can't argue with hub gears for a commuting bike. Brakes though are another matter. I think these are called U frames and not sure if the frames were made in the UK. It might be an Italian frame import or possibly from eastern Europe even if the bike was assembled in the UK. In my opinion the Raleigh Twenty is a much better bike, feels better to ride, stronger more rigid frame. The U frame was a simpler and cheaper frame design to manufacture and was used by a wide range of companies across Europe.
     
  12. FTFY :cry:
     
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    The U frame (whilst I agree) is not as good as the 20, it works perfctly well for it’s designed task, short commutes, lught shopping etc. Having ridden one over fairly long distances they are comfortable (moreso than a Brompton) and joyous to ride. A 20 would be better for touring though. Other than that the U frame is fine.

    I would add the caveat that as you say there are many different qualities of U frame depending in where it was made.
    As I said earlier that is identical to my BSA so quality should be good.
     
    Last edited: 3 Dec 2017
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice