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Return of the Chopper
An old Chopper (c) Raleigh
The Chopper bicycle, an icon of the 1970s, is to be relaunched by manufacturer Raleigh.

The company has decided to capitalise on nostalgic interest in the bike by releasing a new version.

Initially it will make 2,004 of the new Choppers, each with a unique production number stamped on a plaque.

Raleigh, based at Eastwood in Nottinghamshire, sold 1.5 million Choppers between 1969 and 1979.

The bike still has since developed a cult following.

Children on Chopper

The new Chopper will retain the red-lined tyres, distinctive "ape hanger" handlebars, elongated seat, back rest and chrome seat loop.

The only major difference will be the gearshift, which moves from the crossbar to the handlebars for safety reasons.

Product manager for the Chopper at Raleigh, Loz Cox, said: "The biggest changes are the lightweight alloy frame - the original was steel - and the position of the gear lever.

"It has taken us nine months to redesign the new Chopper and we know it's going to prove as popular as it did in the 70s."

The Choppers are due to go on sale in April.

The first 2,004 Choppers will cost 249.99 with subsequent bikes, without the plaque, retailing for 199.99.

Bike maker changes gear
20 Jan 03  |  England

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