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ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASSIC RALEIGH CHOPPERS BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO ASK

In this section we want to put together as much information as we can about the history of our favourite bike.
It won't help you to rebuild your Chopper but it's pretty interesting anyway.
If you used to work on Choppers at Raleigh or met someone down the pub who did, we'd like to hear any snippets of Chopper gossip. Time for the Raleigh 'moles' to come out.

What we've got so far:

  • History of Raleigh in the last quarter of the 20th Century. An article by Tony Hadland. This isn't about Choppers but it gives a good insight into what went on at Raleigh before and after Choppers. Pretty detailed stuff but this is supposed to be a reference site.(8 pages) START HERE
  • The Sturmey Archer Story A brief (1 page) look at how Sturmey Archer started GO
  • Pre-Chopper History. How the 'Chopper' type of bike developed from early Harleys, through the various US bikes up to the Raleigh Chopper. With pictures. (2 pages) START
  • The Choppers appear. A follow-on to the above. GO
  • Irish Choppers. John Donnelly gives us a brief (1 page) look at the Choppers made in the Republic of Ireland GO
  • Last Day at the Nottingham Factory. READ
  • A personal view of the Raleigh Factory with picture gallery link GO
  • What the paper said about the closure. From Reuters News Agency GO

We need more! What do you know?