Raleigh Chopper

This example of the iconic Chopper was given to the museum by Raleigh in 1983. Raleigh was founded in 1888 when Frank Bowden bought a small bicycle company on Raleigh Street in Nottingham. The chopper, rescued Raleigh from a slow decline, selling millions worldwide. Released in the US in 1966 was not without its problems, the large 20" rear wheel created a lot of rolling resistance, the frame geometry meant that it was easy to do involuntary wheelies and the frame mounted Sturmer Archer gear knob was positioned in a most inopportune place, should you have an accident and the early editions had handlebars that kids reclined, making it very difficult to steer.

Materials
Steel, Rubber, Plastic
Birth
1983
Location
Nottingham City Museum