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Raleigh Budgie

I had a Budgie - a bottle green one if I remember rightly. Where I was from you were either a Budgie / Tomahawk / Chopper kid, or a Boxer / Strika / Grifter kid.

If I recall correctly, the Budgie only came equipped with one brake - front. It was the bike I learned to ride on, and I subsequently graduated to a Tomahawk when I was about 7 or 8. I couldn't wait until I was big enough for a Chopper, but by the time I was they had all but gone out of fashion and racing bikes were the thing to have. So I ended up going straight from my Tomahawk to a light blue Raleigh Arena (with no less than 5 gears!!) and never had the pleasure of owning a Chopper.

Racing bikes seemed to be a realtively short-lived thing though - they certainly never enjoyed the longevity of the other Raleigh bikes - and within a few years were all but obsolete. The next big thing - which was massive at the time - was the "Son of the Grifter". The BMX, spawned by Raleigh's Burner which was ultra cool with its bright yellow mag wheels and contrasting blue frame. And pads. PADS!! They seemed so cool at the time. "Yeah, so I can, like, to table-tops and stuff cos if I crash out it won't hurt too much cos I've got pads on my bike". Those were the days...


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Do You Remember Raleigh Budgie?

Do You Remember Raleigh Budgie?

  • Anonymous user
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    I learned to ride on an orange Budgie - was my next door neighbours... he used to push my dolls around in a pram, I rode his bike! :)
  • martin2011
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    had one of these in 90s
  • charzw@yahoo.co.uk
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    WE HAVE A BUDGIE IN GREAT CONDITION UP IN THE LOFT.WE KNOW ITS VINTAGE AND ARE THINKING OF SELLING IF THE RIGHT PERSON AND OFFER CAME ALONG....
  • Anonymous user
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    I'm 36 and have just bought one on ebay for my 4 year old son. woopadeedoo good times !!!
  • Anonymous user
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    Looking to get me a Chopper now!
  • Anonymous user
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    Yeah I had one and loved it! Mine was blue.
  • Anonymous user
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    well i seem to be the first here. did anyone else begin their biking life on a raleigh budgy? Mine was bright metallic orange with mud guards...
  • Anonymous user
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    I grew up on a council estate in South Birmingham. One of my favourite early memories is, running downstairs, into an expecting group of my family, who was expecting to see my surprise at my new Budgie bike!! I hadn't seen that my mom had tucked it behind the dressindg table before I ran downstairs. Beautiful, beautiful memories. I learned to ride a bike on my little blue Budgie.