2 December 2008
Like most kids, Felix knows what he likes. He spotted a new 'old school' bike outside his school and was rather determined to have one just like it. Colourful beach cruisers are all the rage if you're a teenage girl and if you're a boy between 7 and 15-ish, these retro style bikes are 'must haves'. New ones cost between 2500-3000 DKK - [€330-€400], whether they are Raleigh or Schwinn or whatever. He also knows what pose to strike whilst seated up the Chopper.
The bike above, however, was rescued from a bike auction by my mates at Baisikeli, who send used Danish bikes to Africa. It's a Raleigh Chopper, which Raleigh started reproducing in 2004, after 25 years. I used to have one just like it in the mid-1970's so I'm loving it that the Boy was itching for one, too. Not to mention the fact that I didn't have to fork over 2500 kroner.
What better way to get it home than strapping it onto my Velorbis Long John. Felix will have to grow into the Chopper - shouldn't take long - but he already zips around the back yard. He has another bike for everyday use but he's looking forward to cruising the bike lanes on the Chopper.