This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgic frivolity

Denim saddle? We never had no denim saddle when I were a lad...
This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

A Raleigh Chopper! I used to have one of these as a wee bowl-haircutted nipperYou and everyone else in the '70s and '80s, chum. But this isn’t an antique. No sir, this is a brand new production. A reissue, if you like.

One for the Shoreditch crowd, then?Oh, come on. For starters, they’re all in Peckham now. And there’s nothing try-hard about indulging in a bit of nostalgia, is there? Especially when it comes in such a nice package (no pun intended) as this Chopper.

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This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

So what are we looking at here?Well, it’s not a knock-off. This limited-edition version is produced by Raleigh, rocks a striking gloss-black-and-gold paint job on its aluminium frame, features a denim saddle and back pad, swanky leather-look grips and a healthy amount of chrome.

As well the original Chopper’s three-speed gears?Nope, this one goes a little further: there’s a six-speed Shimano derailleur.

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia

This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgic frivolity

I bet it’s stupidly priceyNot so! In fact it costs less than a new graphics card: £250 (S$520) at Velorution. Better be quick, though – fewer than 400 are being made.

Halfords is also selling a more standard-looking three-speed Chopper for the same price – but we’d urge you to opt for the limited-edition black version while you still can. And then it's off to recreate scenes from E.T. in your local quarry/building site/woods.

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