- Favourite bike of your childhood?
Let’s see some memories….! Am sure we’ll have a few Choppers and Bombers (in fact, am sure that most will be Raleighs!) but my childhood favourite?
A lime green Raleigh Strika, just like this;
See? I was rocking that triple clamp thing way before it became cool!
I ragged this thing senseless, planks and bricks as jumps, whatever I could find. I reckon this is what got me really in to riding bikes and what led me on to BMX, which in turn got me on to mountain bikes. It was all good!
apart from the grips. They were shocking!Posted 9 years agoRudeBoyMember
Apparently, my mum says I was overjoyed to receive a little tricycle, when I was very small. something like this. I couldn’t ride it at first, but just sat on it, beaming, saying ‘bike!’.
Ah, the memories of childhood…
Had a Grifter, later. Think the little trike was probbly my ‘favourite’, though.Posted 9 years agogonefishinMember
“grifters were shite bikes echnically, one of the worst hanlding bikes ever mad, but we loved them anyway! “
Have you ridden a chopper recently? I rode one auite recently and frankly I’m amazed that we survived on the roads for as long as we did.
In my case I had both the Budgie and Tomahawk then it was onto racers.Posted 9 years agoenfhtMember
My Grifter was blue but could only find pics of a red one, did anyone else tuck the front mudgaurd under to make the tyre rubbing sound like a motorbike?!!
Meteor-Lite freestyle frame (mine was polar white)
Raleigh Tuff Burner
Cant find any pics of the Ammaco Mongoose race frame I had though but God it was nice!Posted 9 years agoTracker1972Member
Grifter, loved it more than the racer (a Raleigh thing, white with red bar tape, can’t remember the name) but I had to concede it was heavy. Landed wheelies/jumps so badly and frequently that the forks bent until the tyre buzzed the bottom of the headset. Still, saved folding the mudguard under to get that engine noise 😀Posted 9 years ago
Happy days, oh, and Sturmy Archer 3 speed with a twist grip was awesome, much better than the downtube nonsense on the racer.
I also had a lime green Raleigh Strika. Anyone from Huddersfield here? I used to ride it repeatdly down Woodhouse Hill in Fartown (before they had the traffic calming measures in place of course). Forgot all about it then recently I drove up, its a second gear climb and about 3/4m long. ****. I must have been 6yrs old doing that. ****!!!!Posted 9 years agoDezBSubscriber
Must dig out an old photo.. I wished for a branded bike like a Raleigh! I only ever had cheapos and my dad went to great lengths to make them as Grifter or Chopper like as possible.
Cowhorn bars and a banana seat I recall being added to one of my bikes.
My fondestly remembered bike was a chrome framed road bike that I used to ride to my girlfriend’s house on every day. I think I was 14/15. Wore through the crotch on my jeans on the saddle.Posted 9 years agouser-removedMember
My first was a 2nd hand thing called a Pavemaster. Cr@p, but fine for buzzing about on Somerset lanes. First proper bike was a Grifter XL, just like the black one a few posts back.
Yes, it did have grip shift, but only two of the three gears were ever available at any one time. I also bent my forks doing ‘Phantom Riders’ (pedal along as fast as possible, jump off, and watch your steed being ridden by a phantom – you could get it to go a good hundred yards by itself downhill!).Posted 9 years ago
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