So, if you grew up in the UK in the 1970s, the chances are you went everywhere by bike. And the chances are you yearned for a Raleigh Chopper. Or you actually had one.
That’s where my cycling history began: not having a Raleigh Chopper.
Instead, my parents bought me a 5-speed, gas-pipe Raleigh ‘racer’ (as all drop-bar bikes were called in the 70s) and I bloody loved it. And frankly, nothing has really changed since then – at least not in my mind.
Sure, the bikes have got a bit lighter and a bit nicer, and there’s a few more of them – but I am essentially still a 10 year-old kid on a gas-pipe Raleigh.