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Chopper

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 23 Jul 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...was anybody lucky enough to own one of these as a kid? I never got one, although it was the thing to be seen on when I was growing up.
     
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Passed a bike shop in Ware yesterday and saw one in the window. Alloy frame, V-brakes and bright red.

    Must...resist...temptation...
     
  3. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Never had one, but some mates had them. They weren't that good, you were better off with a budgie or, when you got big enough, a boxer.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Grifters were better.
     
  5. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Yes, I had one. Royal Blue. Didn't go that fast, but then it wasn't designed to. Great street cred. First rule of owning a (foam seat filled) Chopper is don't leave out in the rain otherwise you'll have a permanently wet bum!
     
  6. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    God - I wanted one of these SO much when I was a kid but got a sensible bike instead (a Raleigh Hustler).

    I remember riding a friends - it was so unbelievably heavy for a kid that I was thankful I didn't have one.

    I guess one of the alloy framed ones would be better - but retrofitted with a MK I saddle and the proper stick shift (I beleive their are aftermarket kits to do this). Health and safety can go screw itself.
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    And bigger, I got off that product line before the grifter :biggrin: . After my boxer I moved on to a bmx for a short, misguided time, then I eventually ended up with a Sun Super 5 (raleigh frame tourer, ran and ran and ran, till it got hit by a van).
     
  8. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    I had a Chopper :biggrin:

    it had a metallic purple splatter paintjob..

    which obviously wasn't cool enough so i got a lavender blue bmx :biggrin:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I remember them being orange...easy rider at age 8 lol!
     
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I built one with a grocer's bike frame that I fished out of a river. It had ape-hangers and a chopper seat I made from wood and central heating pipe. The front wheel was stolen off my brother's bike and the rear wheeel had a 3 speed hub, it had a dynamo and a huge chrome headlamp, I sawed the basket off and got a hole in the frame brazed up at the local garage. Sadly it got stolen when we moved to Newcastle, Geordie barstewards.
     
  11. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Location:
    Deal, Kent
    I had a tomohawk which was the smaller version.
    Always wanted a Chopper!!!!!
     
  12. MsMalfoy

    MsMalfoy New Member

    Location:
    Derby
    I was a bit young to have a Chopper but my Grandad brought me a blue Raleigh Chipper (small Chopper) for my 5th birthday in 1977. I also got a Magic Roundabout bell to put on it and remember riding it back (with stabilizers) the 3 miles or so from the shop.
    I think it took me till the next Summer to get rid of the stabilizers but I did have a lot of fun on that bike.
     
  13. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Never had a chopper.

    In my teens I briefly had a bike with motorcycle forks attached to the frame. Cable drum brake, very effective. They were a bit of a sloppy fit so I didn't have it long before the head tube failed.There was a bit of a craze for 'em at school, and one kid seemed to have a never-ending supply of forks to use. Christ knows where he got 'em from.

    It was shite uphill.
     
  14. Big Bren

    Big Bren New Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I had one, complete with one of those big bulbous horns and lolly sticks in the spokes for maximum annoyance factor. The big warning label about crogging was, round our way, an irresistable invitation to fit as many people on the bike as possible - I got six on mine whilst still managing forward motion.

    I think I had a Grifter after that, but it was quickly cast aside with the arrival on these shores of the ultra-cool BMX - I had a silver one (Mongoose?) with electric blue mag wheels that I loved more than life itself. I spent the next few years chucking it and myself off various obstacles in blatant disregard for my own personal safety - happy days!

    Bren
     
  15. radger

    radger Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I'm a bit young for choppers :smile:. I remember wanting a BMX as a small child. What I got was this , but in pale blue :biggrin:

    When I was 10, I was allowed a new bike (haha), and my dream was of a boys' red road bike with black bar tape. I got some ghastly girls' emmelle horror.

    I buy my own bikes now
    :biggrin: