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Raleigh Strika

The Raleigh Strika was another bike that was made to look like a motorbike along with bikes like the Raleigh Chopper or the Huffy Thunder Road.

The Strika was extremely heavy and chunky though and actually felt like a motorbike. The front forks had immitation suspension and the foam saddle was huge making it really look the part as well.

Despite its ungainly appearance and handling qualities the Raleigh Strika remains one of my favourite bikes ever because when you rode this bike you knew that whatever (or whoever) got in your way you would be flattened. Kinda like the monster truck of bicycles really.


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Do You Remember Raleigh Strika?

Do You Remember Raleigh Strika?

  • Anonymous user
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    I had the silver Strika. Really loved that bike.
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    Hi, I had a Strika when I was kid - until now I thought mine was the only one that made that cranking noise! This was probably one of the coolest bikes I ever had and I absolutely loved it until I outgrew it!
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    I had a strika and loved it . I out wheelied a bloke on raleigh burner so the strika became folklaw in my neighbourhood. An absolute beast but a controlable one. I loved my first bike, the "STRIKA"
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    Had a Black Strika (looked better than the silver one) used to ride round the block with my mate pretending we were the fella from CHiPs. Always wanted the sound effects box that were around those days for bikes, mum wouldn't buy one, so just made siren noises by mouth. Looking back no wonder the old ladies with trollys round our way used to shout at us to get off the pavement!
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    I had a silver strika, after about 3 years of owning it the right pedel came off and would not reatach as I think I may off cross threaded it. Anyhow even though my Dad worked in an engineers workshop he would not take the bike into work to be retapped so I was left with a bike with one pedal, didn't stop me riding it though even though it was a bit awkward.
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    The Strika was virtually the same as a Raleigh Boxer, but in green with a back pedal brake!! What technology!!
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    Had a silver Strika and rode it to death (well, as much as you can with a Strika). Remember it being the absolute 'perfect bike' - right weight, size, balance, looks, the lot! Also remember frequently coasting with my feet up on the bar. Sadly, also a very popular bike to steal (mine wasn't, btw, but my brother's green one was).
  • Anonymous user
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    Hanz 1968 is selling the NON-prizmatic Decals on EBAY. I have bought some. Good quality. I have just started www.raleighstrika.com/forum Please have a look.
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    i think the clanking was worn cotter pins in the crank making the arms clonk about although i could be wrong.. if anyone has a good condition strika for sale or some good condition wheels and raleigh super grip tyres to fit a strika/ boxer contact me 07830 363282,also some strika decals wanted or pictures and measurements/ colours of some.. appreciate it simon.. cheers..
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    this site is freaky. my past biking life is all here from the Raleigh Budgy, Strika and Bomber - great! I had a black strika and yes it clanked on every pedal stroke - i can hear it now. THey were murder going up hills as you chased pals on their new BMx with long cranks. As i've just mentioned on the bomber page, i have unearthed my old strika from the basement and its in really good condition - i had it for the last 25 years and i got it second hand. I'm off to read the raleigh budgy page now...