Choppers, Grifters & BMX’s | 15 Images of British Bike Culture in the 1970s & 80s.

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Kids who grew up in the 1970s & 80s were blessed with a golden age of bicycle production. At the turn of the 1970s Nottingham company Raleigh began producing a number of now collectible models.

Inspired by American dragster motorbikes the Raleigh Chopper brought a touch of Easy Rider to the mean streets of 70s British suburbia, becoming an icon of the era. Smaller models for younger children such as the tomahawk, Chipper and Budgie came soon after, followed by the Chopper MK 2 in 1972.

Other classic models produced during the decade, include the rather bulky Grifter in 1976, which came in a choice of either metallic blue or red, complete with a twist grip gear shift. It’s smaller relations the Boxer & Strika followed as well as the MK 2 Grifter in 1978.

Enter the early 80s and the BMX scene found its way over the Atlantic, once…

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