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Old 05-29-11, 05:08 PM   #1
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Hello fellow bikers,

As part of my 'give up smoking' regime, I bought a super little bike a few days ago, to take my mind of those narly craving moments that one gets.

All looked quite sexy to my untrained eye, racing green and nice & clean. I was even attracted by the fact that she was "Hand Built in Britain". Which I now know really means built in a Blacksmith's Shop near Sheffield

The last time I rode a bike, they were bright red and had 3 gears (if you were lucky) which you would change by walloping an oversize handle located on what is now known as the top tube...


That was 35 years ago and I am now a proud owner of an Ammaco Diplomat, date unknown. Given my lack of knowledge on anything that has been produced in the last 3 decades, I popped her into my local bike shop for a check - Nylon hubs, Chainset is out (one of the chainrings) and something else that I cant' remember at the moment.

Nonetheless, all shiny bits have been restored with Autosol - That stuff really rocks. And giving her a good polish has also allowed me to give her a good looking over (and more importantly, learn how she ticks).

My first proper ride on her today, a whole 12 miles, phew! But a very important lesson learnt; Don't set off on a trip with the wind behind you. It gives you a false sense of security when it comes to peddling back

So that is how I have come to join the cycling community and seek out this website...

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Old 05-29-11, 09:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to Bike Forums! I have never seen anything like that, pretty cool looking. ConGrats on quitting smoking!
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Old 05-29-11, 09:28 PM   #3
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Welcome, Davey! 12 miles is pretty far for a first "proper" ride. Do you have a photo of the Diplomat?
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Old 05-30-11, 10:45 AM   #4
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Wow, interesting looking bike! Welcome!
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Old 05-31-11, 02:50 PM   #5
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Welcome to Bike Forums! I have never seen anything like that, pretty cool looking. ConGrats on quitting smoking!
Thanks, GBJ. Still keeping off the cursed weed. The Raleigh Chopper was an icon of the 70's and every kid yearned for one. It actually pulled Raleigh from going bust. In reality it has been considered to be one of the most dangerous bikes ever produced for kids. Weighed a ton, wobbled like anything and if the ball catching gear stick never got you then the inevitable back-flip would. The elongated seat was just too tempting to not accommodate a passenger and this is where Newton's Laws of Motion often kicked in.

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Welcome, Davey! 12 miles is pretty far for a first "proper" ride. Do you have a photo of the Diplomat?
Thanks again, I'll try to embed a wee slideshow...


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Ahh yes, many a happy day and the precursor to BMX bikes really.
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