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A Look Back At The Life Of Alan Oakley, Designer Of The Raleigh Chopper Bicycle [Headline]

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Designed on a back of an envelope on a flight from the US to the UK, the Chopper was the 'must-have' item for children in the United States and Britain during the 1970s.

Allie Walker
  • 22 may 2012

The designer created the bike that became of symbol of the 1970s with a drawing on the back of an envelope. His bike, the Raleigh Chopper, was revolutionary in design and known for its unusual appearance- a car-like gear shifter, angular seat, large back wheel, and small front wheel was the ‘must-have’ bike for children in America and abroad. He died yesterday at age 85. Guardian

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