Alan Oakley the designer of the Raleigh Chopper bicycle has died. Despite being uncomfortable and difficult to ride, the Chopper was the dream bike of every kid who grew up in 70’s Britain. Inspired by American bicycle styles like the Schwinn Stingray the Chopper with banana seat, large back wheel, small front wheel and stick-shift was a huge success for Raleigh.
Your dad rode vintage road bikes before you did and he’s got the saddle-smashed balls to prove it. He was a cadence-king of the century club who crank-kicked the shit out of his competition. His two-wheeled chariot was Campy fresh and lugged-steel sturdy. He deserves a yellow jersey for being a life-leader of the swag peloton.So hipsters, when you’re saddle deep in 70’s street style that you’ve ruined by converting it into a fixie with obnoxiously neon velocity wheels, remember this… That bike was the only thing your dad rode harder than the Tour de Your Mom.