The Choppers were a wonderful design and exuded coolness. They were so different and so ahead of their time that they made an enormous cultural impact. In the UK we hadn't seen anything like them-it was a radical change of direction. That said, I may have seen something broadly similar in American comics.
Whilst, they looked fantastic, ironically they were useless for cycling with-they were fine to go around the four blocks or for a short spin to the shops-indeed one revelled in looking cool if one was spotted on it by other boys-but even better if it was by girls! It encouraged backies because of the length of the seat, but the bike was awkward to ride.
|Les Ramage and Raleigh Chopper|
|Iain Hoffmann and Raleigh Chopper plus Simon the cat!|