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Last post I was considering wrapping the Chopper up for winter (2013)

A year crammed into one blog post Just over a year ago I last made my blog post and in it I was considering wrapping up the Chopper for the winter months. Well, that never happened due mainly to an ultra … Continue reading

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Bikes and riders dropping like flies (and some training in between)

Since my last entry, “photoshoot” there’s been lots happening although I don’t seem to have had time to type it up. I’ll be brief about the training: Carl and Ian have been getting plenty of 25-30 milers in which will … Continue reading

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Dates and riders finalised, accommodation booked

Well after talking about it for a long time we have made progress on organising our ride. Dates 22-24 june 2013 The riders will be: John Bell – Completed C2C a few time now – lazy trainer and built for … Continue reading

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First outing of 2013 and cycling with a saxophonist – try saying that after a couple

I’ve been itching to get the Chopper out all this year but every weekend seemed to at least be wet and ‘she’ doesn’t do wet!! Forecast for this weekend was good though so I was determined to go out and … Continue reading

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I received a tweet from none other than…

Today was a day to push the mileage even further to nearly 17miles (steady as I go). It was after all my birthday weekend (thanks for all the birthday wishes) so I decided on the Sunday to go out on … Continue reading

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I wish I had £1 for…

every time just seeing the bike (and realising it’s an original) puts a huge grin on people’s faces every time somebody wants to take a photo every time somebody tells me “they used to own one” – maybe, but where … Continue reading

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New Domain Name

As I am getting quite a few hits on the site now I thought I’d make it easier for people to remember the domain name. I am proud to announce the purchase of http://www.purplechopper.co.uk It doesn’t get much easier than … Continue reading

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An extended run out and a surprise to me

I thought I’d extend my ride out today so ventured out on a 12 miler but still not venturing too far from home in case of any major mechanical issues ( you’d think I wasn’t confident). Headed west past the … Continue reading

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3 Speed Chopper is Now 6 Speed Chopper – checkout the conversion…

Well as most people who know anything about Raleigh Choppers will be aware the majority of them came as 3 speed using internal Sturmey Archer (AW) gears. They were notorious at slipping in 1st which will cause most men to … Continue reading

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(3)Trial runs and next steps

Well I’ve now had the chopper ready for a couple of weeks and in total I’ve done 24 miles on it. It may not have been far but it’s been eventful. I’ve done 2 trips to The Hub ( a … Continue reading

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First ride along the street to make sure it works (which it does)

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Photos now uploaded

You’ll find them on the Big rebuild page within the restoration section at top of this page

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It’s taken a while but…

the restoration is complete – hoorah 🙂 Once the chopper was returned with the paint on I claimed the glory of putting on the stickers  to then go back to the paintshop to have its final coats of protective lacquer … Continue reading

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The frame has colour and …. Stickers

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Alan Oakley, the designer of the Raleigh Chopper dies – RIP

Alan Oakley from Nottingham, designer of the iconic Raleigh Chopper, has died aged 85 after a battle with cancer. He famously sketched the design on an envelope on a return trip from USA where he’d been inspired.

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Stripping Progress

Well, this weekend I have been stripping all the paint off the frame. Mainly using a wire brush attachment on the drill but for all the awkward areas and there were plenty) it was good old Wet or Dry or … Continue reading

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Progress up to Easter 2012

Well, some parts of the bike were in a sorrier state than I originally thought. But on the bright side some bits were better – hoorah I had originally intended to make the bike a runner and not take time … Continue reading

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The Raleigh Chopper Purchase

Well, after watching every MKI or II Raleigh Chopper for weeks that went through Ebay I   discovered they were fetching £200 (for wrecks) to £2800 (for concourse show bikes). I was after a bargain bike that I might need … Continue reading

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