Raleigh20 PugFixie, Merc
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: London UK
Bikes: 1982 Raleigh Twenty Hotrod Fixie; 1984 Peugeot Premier Fixie, 2007 Merc Lightweight folder
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In answer to your question - in the uk at least - 'Shopper' was a name given mostly to the non-folding version, which is not so common beyond these shores. Beyond the folding ability, and the cable routing there are not really any other differences to the bikes.
Sure - there were different specs - racks, lights, gearing and coaster brake options over the years—but simply put there were only ever two frames - folding and non-folding.
Even the fact that UK bikes had bigger wheels [ISO 451] than export models [ISO 406] was accomodated by long reach brakes rather than variations in the brake and chainstay bridges on the frame
Hope that helps. That's a really nice one. Chrome rims are fine if you're using it as a fair-weather cruiser, but upgrading to alloy and getting some better brake blocks really are a good idea if you plan to more than just minimal 'to the shops' sort of rides.