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    Raliegh Chopper

    I stopped by my local Raliegh dealer yesterday and they had a repro Raliegh chopper . It was very cool looking & probably more functional than the new sting rays I.E it has no impossibly huge slicks so you can ride the Raliegh for more than a couple of blocks and it has 3 gears.This could be handy if you come to a hill.All in all a very cool little Kids bike or for a shorter adult. Has anyone else seen these?

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    I think I know the one your on about? Is it red? I havent had a go on it, but seen it in my local halfords, thought it quite an interesting bit of kit, never seen a chopper bike before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornish_Rdr_UK
    I think I know the one your on about? Is it red? I havent had a go on it, but seen it in my local halfords, thought it quite an interesting bit of kit, never seen a chopper bike before
    It was either red or orange with yellow decals I think the model name was wedge? very nice 329 USD + tax . I like it much better than The New schwinn stingrays.

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    The 2005 model boasts a lighter aluminum alloy Chopper Wedge frame, chrome sissy bar and Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub, ready to transport riders to a simpler time in Easy Rider style.

    Retro Style Alloy Wedge Chopper Frame
    Custom Chrome Rack, Fenders, Sissy Bar, and Handlebars

    Sturmey Archer 3-Speed Internal Hub
    with Heron Chainring

    Classic Chopper Block Pedals and Red line tires.

    http://www.valleybicycle.com/raleigh...r__is_back.htm
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/raleigh-chopper.html
    http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/Pro...roductID/8817/

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    Oh yeah i rember those they were the bomb when i was a kid....big time pimp ride.They also had a chipper if i rember right, that was a smaller version.Then Raleigh dropped the grifter and all things changed.
    These were very cool, just like cowhorn bars...oh yeah im smling to myself right now....thanks for the flashback.

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    If you like the vintage bikes, check these web sites out:

    http://www.raleigh-chopper.co.uk/
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/catfoodrob/choppers/

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    The new ones are actually pretty fun to ride. They are of a much higher quality than the Schwinn, plus they're actually designed to be ridden.
    Oh, and you can actually get replacement parts for them. Raleigh changes color offerings often but there was also a black or chrome option for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james Haury
    I stopped by my local Raliegh dealer yesterday and they had a repro Raliegh chopper . It was very cool looking & probably more functional than the new sting rays I.E it has no impossibly huge slicks so you can ride the Raliegh for more than a couple of blocks and it has 3 gears.This could be handy if you come to a hill.All in all a very cool little Kids bike or for a shorter adult. Has anyone else seen these?
    I haven't seen the repop Raleigh Chopper, but Schwinn has a new repop 5-speed Grey Ghost that has a Sturmey Archer hub and shifter. I have the '04 coaster Grey Ghost and it looks pretty decent. Kind of a funky seat on both the GG and Chopper though. Wish they would have made them more to spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waldo
    The new ones are actually pretty fun to ride. They are of a much higher quality than the Schwinn, plus they're actually designed to be ridden.
    Oh, and you can actually get replacement parts for them. Raleigh changes color offerings often but there was also a black or chrome option for a while.
    The black and chrome options are available according to my LBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
    I haven't seen the repop Raleigh Chopper, but Schwinn has a new repop 5-speed Grey Ghost that has a Sturmey Archer hub and shifter. I have the '04 coaster Grey Ghost and it looks pretty decent. Kind of a funky seat on both the GG and Chopper though. Wish they would have made them more to spec.
    Doc do you ride the Grey Ghost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by james Haury
    Doc do you ride the Grey Ghost?
    I haven't ridden it yet. It's still in the box. I had two but traded one for another bike. I have a late '90's Orange Krate that I'll ride occasionally though. The neighborhood kids love it.

    From left to right is a 98 Sky Blue Ray, 98 Apple Krate, 98 Orange Krate, 98 Orange Krate with some swapped out parts. The last one is the one I ride. The others are now boxed up in storage along with an 04 Coppertone Ray, 04 Grey Ghost and an 05 Pea Picker.

    I own a couple of Raleighs too. One's an '03 M60 MTB and the other is an '04 Supercourse road bike. Nothing nostalgic about them though!
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    Doc's definitely right about the seats. Same story with the Pea Pickers, though they got those a bit better. Purple should be out in a few months. Pea picker 5 speed is the hot ticket, for my money.

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    we had a black one at my shop. i didn't get a chance to take it for a spin before it sold, but it's pretty sweet. we also have this diamondback chopper that's called the drifter. that one is more like the stingray, with the 20 x 4 1/4" rear tire, but a much nicer looking fork, and nicer components...it's definitely not very practical, but it sure looks purty.

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    I just bought my wife one of those retro rallys and she really likes it. The bikes are good for cruising and just having fun on. It's a nice little bike.

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    I am glad she likes it. The new stingrays just look too extreme to me.I have also seen some Huffy's at walmart they are very stylish but very heavy. An alloy frame is a good thing.

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    So this thread whetted my appetite and I went out and dropped $270 on a new orange Raleigh chopper this weekend, the only one I could locate in Portland. I got it at an 'LBS' out on the strip - Beaverton Hillsdale Highway - in the 'burbs. Over all, it's a reasonably nice bike but I have identified some definite design and quality control issues.

    For starters, the 'LBS' did a crappy job setting the bike up. I had to readjust both the chain tension and the brakes before the bike was truly rideable.

    As far as design, I identified the following:

    1. the steering is squirrely, just like my old RSW16. Not enough rake on the front fork. The old school Schwinns are definitely designed to handle much better...

    2. The new two piece seat design is lousy. The seat itself is comfortable, but the backrest is welded to the sissy bar and the bar is too short to raise more than about an inch - therefore there is virtually no adjustment for the backrest and when I replaced the stock seat post with a longer one to get more leg extension, the backrest ended up below the seat! Not sure if Raleigh sells longer sissy bars aftermarket? Beyond that, the 'suspension springs' on the sissy bar are completely non-functional, for show only.

    As far as quality control, the bike is made in China and it shows:

    1. front fork was welded up out of alignment and the fork crown is canted - not perpendicular to the rest of bike.

    2. cheap stamped steel chainring.

    3. Taiwanese SA hub, works OK, but not your father's or your mother's english SA hub. No oil port on the hub, either. It's got a model number but I didn't write it down. SA 3-spd twist grip works OK.

    4. Cheap Tekpro linear pull brakes with plastic handle frames and crappy barrel adjusters.

    5. Cheap plastic pedals. I've already replaced them.

    I guess it just is what it is and I'm going to work with it to make it more rideable. I'll probably take the sissy bar completely off which will give me a little more luggage space under the seat.

    On the positive side, the gear ratios / cog sizes are good for a wide variety of conditions. And the paint job is pretty nice. So all in all it's a flashy little bike, but could definitely use some improvements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya
    So this thread whetted my appetite and I went out and dropped $270 on a new orange Raleigh chopper this weekend, the only one I could locate in Portland. I got it at an 'LBS' out on the strip - Beaverton Hillsdale Highway - in the 'burbs. Over all, it's a reasonably nice bike but I have identified some definite design and quality control issues.

    For starters, the 'LBS' did a crappy job setting the bike up. I had to readjust both the chain tension and the brakes before the bike was truly rideable.

    As far as design, I identified the following:

    1. the steering is squirrely, just like my old RSW16. Not enough rake on the front fork. The old school Schwinns are definitely designed to handle much better...

    2. The new two piece seat design is lousy. The seat itself is comfortable, but the backrest is welded to the sissy bar and the bar is too short to raise more than about an inch - therefore there is virtually no adjustment for the backrest and when I replaced the stock seat post with a longer one to get more leg extension, the backrest ended up below the seat! Not sure if Raleigh sells longer sissy bars aftermarket? Beyond that, the 'suspension springs' on the sissy bar are completely non-functional, for show only.

    As far as quality control, the bike is made in China and it shows:

    1. front fork was welded up out of alignment and the fork crown is canted - not perpendicular to the rest of bike.

    2. cheap stamped steel chainring.

    3. Taiwanese SA hub, works OK, but not your father's or your mother's english SA hub. No oil port on the hub, either. It's got a model number but I didn't write it down. SA 3-spd twist grip works OK.

    4. Cheap Tekpro linear pull brakes with plastic handle frames and crappy barrel adjusters.

    5. Cheap plastic pedals. I've already replaced them.

    I guess it just is what it is and I'm going to work with it to make it more rideable. I'll probably take the sissy bar completely off which will give me a little more luggage space under the seat.

    On the positive side, the gear ratios / cog sizes are good for a wide variety of conditions. And the paint job is pretty nice. So all in all it's a flashy little bike, but could definitely use some improvements.
    Tell us what you do, where you ride with it. Travels with Raliegh.

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    I rode it in to work on my commute today. Not a bad little bike at all as far as performance goes. I was once again impressed by the gear ratios and range for a three speed. I'll need to baptize it with a ZooBomb next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya
    I rode it in to work on my commute today. Not a bad little bike at all as far as performance goes. I was once again impressed by the gear ratios and range for a three speed. I'll need to baptize it with a ZooBomb next.
    First off thanks for the info it sounds like it is a decent travel bike. Drei Vas ist die Zoobomb? Or do i really want to know what a zoobomb is ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by james Haury
    First off thanks for the info it sounds like it is a decent travel bike. Drei Vas ist die Zoobomb? Or do i really want to know what a zoobomb is ?
    ZooBomb is a weekly local 'bike culture' event. It's a Sunday late night party and downhill ride from the top of the hill at the zoo into downtown Portland. Ride the train to the top, hang out a while, ride down, repeat 2 or 3 times. Little bikes preferred. Photos from recent MiniBike Winter Olympics.

    http://www.zoobomb.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by randya
    ZooBomb is a weekly local 'bike culture' event. It's a Sunday late night party and downhill ride from the top of the hill at the zoo into downtown Portland. Ride the train to the top, hang out a while, ride down, repeat 2 or 3 times. Little bikes preferred. Photos from recent MiniBike Winter Olympics.

    http://www.zoobomb.org/
    Damn that looks like fun. I wish I were young again so I could pull off some goofy stuff like that.

    I trust beer in generous portions is a requirement for this ZooBomb?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
    I wish I were young again so I could pull off some goofy stuff like that.

    I trust beer in generous portions is a requirement for this ZooBomb?
    You're never too old for bike fun! And yes, PBR is the refreshment of choice...

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    I had an original Raliegh Chopper in the 70's. My first "cool" bike. It was blue, and it had a full seat, large enough for a "rider", "hey girl, need a ride to the store?"
    (this one appears to have seat & back rest).
    It also had the 3 speed stick shifter on the top bar. Not in the handle bar.
    We truelly "chopped" it by extending the front forks with 2, 4 foot pipes. And kept the small wheel.
    It was easy rider! You could pop a wheelie and ride the whole block!
    Any bike is better than no bike at all. But you'll ride a damn good bike more!

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    Wow that Zoobomb looks like the Bomb ,I wish i was able to do it. The closest Zoo to my location, Brookfield Zoo has no hill leading down from it. Obviously I was thinking it was something Rude.I was wrong, Mea Culpa.P.s I personally would skip the beer though. A Zoo a hill cheap Bmx bikes ,Bmx pig pile on the post,beverages and Darts at the pub and Trophies!
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