Bikes Through The Decades With Halford’s…

How quick has this year gone by!? Christmas is now just around the corner. The children are nearly a week into their Advent Calendars and the countdown is on for the big day. As usual we are thinking of last minute gifts. Me and Hubby have also started reminiscing about Christmas presents that we did or didn’t receive. We both agree that one of the all time classic presents is a child’s first bike.


Can you remember your first bike? My first one was a beautiful shiny blue bike with a bright pink elephant on the seat, a 3 wheeled trike!! In fact my Mum and Dad still have it in their shed after all these years!! How cool.

My all time favourite bike as a child though, was the ultimate style classic from the 70s; The Chopper.

Being a 70’s child everyone used to have Choppers, Grifters or the Strika all made in Nottingham I believe. and I was so envious of them. One of my babysitters at the time, always used to have her Grandson popping by on his Chopper. I remember having a “backie” on it, and being very worried I would get told off because it said no passengers. He must have known I loved the bike because as he got that bit older and got the Raleigh Burner he gave me not one but two choppers. An orange one and a red one. I did feel proper grown up on them. Like a miniature Hells Angel!! I really wish I knew what happened to those bikes now!! They certainly aren’t in Mum and Dads shed. I checked.!!

With that classic present in mind, at Halfords we have wound back the clock and are showcasing some of the most iconic bikes of all time. From the bikes that became part of popular culture to traditional favourites to the almost-forgotten gems. β€œBikes through the Decades”

Take a trip down memory lane with iconic bikes through the decades and relive the memory of your first bike with Halfords.

Were you a 50’s child? Did you own a cruiser? The classic paper boy bike.
A 60’s child? Did you get chance to  get your hands on a limited edition Bowden Spacelander? With only 544 shipped worldwide before production was halted, it made them the most sought after bicycles of this decade.
Were you like me; a 70’s child who owned the classic Chopper.
A 80’s child and own one of the cool Raleigh Vektar’s or Burner’s.
The 90’s child who owned a BMX? My oldest son still has his!!
2000’s and owned a Fixie bike?

*This post is commissioned by Halfords. All thoughts are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I work with*

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46 Comments

  1. vanity andme
    6th December 2016 / 6:57 am

    The good old Chopper! I was never allowed one ! My dad thought they were dangerous! Boo !www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • Clairejustine oxox
      6th December 2016 / 10:33 am

      Hehe, I loved the Laurie, all the boy's who lived near me had them πŸ™‚

  2. Please may I?
    6th December 2016 / 9:07 am

    OMG I loved my chopper! I remember doing stunts on it, riding off a mini ramp which of course get 10ft high to me. Soon much fun.Now days I have a beautiful blue Victoria Pendleton bike which was intact purchased from Halfords. x xhttp://pleasemayi.blogspot.co.uk

    • Clairejustine oxox
      6th December 2016 / 10:34 am

      Oh wow, you were braver than me lovely. Whoo your bike sounds nice, off to Google πŸ™‚

  3. Tamar SB
    6th December 2016 / 10:10 am

    How cool! I always had a mountain bike as a kid.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      6th December 2016 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Tamar, I remember when the mountain bike came out, so cool!!!

  4. Deborah Nicholas
    6th December 2016 / 10:41 am

    I was more a roller skate girl – I honestly cant even remember what my first bike was lol

    • Clairejustine oxox
      6th December 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Deborah, I remember my fist proper roller skates to, some yellow and blue zodiac roller boots, hehe πŸ™‚

  5. Jon
    6th December 2016 / 11:53 am

    Wow The chopper! That brings back some memories! I've got loads of pictures of me on one as a kid!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      6th December 2016 / 12:23 pm

      Thanks Jon, it was a great bike wasn't it πŸ™‚

  6. Talya
    6th December 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I never had a chopper although it was my absolute dream to have one…!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks Talya, I love them, I was so glad I got given a few at the time πŸ™‚

  7. kerry norris
    6th December 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Ahhh the Raleigh chopper! I never had one but I was desperate to have one lol x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Hehe, they were so cool wasn't they πŸ™‚

  8. Renna Creighton
    6th December 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I had a Raleigh bike and then a brilliant mountain bike which lasted forever.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Aww, sounds great Renna πŸ™‚

  9. ana de jesus
    6th December 2016 / 10:10 pm

    The Rayleigh's bike looks like so much fun got to love the 70's. What a great look at bikes through the ages.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:24 pm

      Thanks Ana πŸ™‚

  10. Jordanne Lee
    7th December 2016 / 1:42 am

    I'm a 90's kid but I also had a chopper! I loved it so much. I always remember riding my bike everywhere, once my chopper had no more life left in it though I did get the BMX bike, I loved all the stunts I would do with friends, learning new things with it! Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Aww lovely Jordanne, my son is a 90's kid. He loved his BMX πŸ™‚

  11. Jayne SMABL
    7th December 2016 / 8:07 am

    What a blast from the past! I had a mountain bike and loved it! I did some miles around our street on that lol πŸ™‚ x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Hehe, I remember the mountain bike coming out and think how cool I want one of those.

  12. Dean B
    7th December 2016 / 9:41 am

    Oh dear, I don't remember my first bike at all! But we just bought T a bike from Halford's on her sixth birthday last August πŸ™‚

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Aww lovely Dean, I bet she loves it πŸ™‚

  13. Emmie, Unsigned
    7th December 2016 / 11:56 am

    I have had SO many bikes over the years – we used to get a new bike practically every year for a while. All I really remember from my first bike is the massive fall I took on it and the scar I still have on m knee from the horrendous cut I got LOL. I remember a girl who lived opposite me had a chopper and I always wanted one… we were lucky but not that lucky LOL. Emmie xowww.unsignedmeblog.co.uk

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Aww no. I remember falling off my bike then not going on it again for ages πŸ™

  14. Sharon
    7th December 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I was born in the late 1960s so it was a chopper for me! The seat was a lot more comfortable than the one I have on my current bike too!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Those seat were so long and comfortable wasn't they πŸ™‚

  15. Lisa Graham
    7th December 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I was an 80's child. I always wanted the streamers off the handle bars and those little coloured beads that went on the wheel spokes. Super cool!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      7th December 2016 / 7:34 pm

      I remember those coloured beads. So cool!! I was too old for them though at the time πŸ™

  16. Clairejustine oxox
    7th December 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Hehe, aww lovely πŸ™‚

  17. Five Little Doves
    7th December 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I was an 80s child and I had those coloured beads on my wheels too! I remember you could get them free with Monster Munch if you saved up enough packets!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      8th December 2016 / 6:00 am

      I remember those bikes, they were so cool!!

  18. Angela Milnes
    7th December 2016 / 9:20 pm

    This is really interesting. I remember my uncles bikes in the 80's . They were so strange looking!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      8th December 2016 / 6:00 am

      Hehe, 80's was a great year for strange thing, I remember the fashion I wore then πŸ™‚

  19. Stella Olojola
    7th December 2016 / 11:34 pm

    Fab post. Never had a proper bike but my kids are in love with theirs already.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      8th December 2016 / 6:01 am

      Thanks Stella πŸ™‚

  20. Ella Ivoire
    8th December 2016 / 12:27 am

    Is it too bad that I'm literally the only one that never learned how to ride a bike??

    • Clairejustine oxox
      8th December 2016 / 6:03 am

      Aww, no Ella it is not πŸ™‚

  21. oneyummymummy
    8th December 2016 / 11:16 am

    wow my older brother had a chopper and i always just to try and sneak a go on it such a fab bike

    • Clairejustine oxox
      9th December 2016 / 4:52 am

      Hehe, fun times πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Kara Guppy
    8th December 2016 / 9:02 pm

    My first bike was a silver number and I was really excited by it having 3 gears lol

    • Clairejustine oxox
      9th December 2016 / 4:53 am

      Thanks Kara, the gears were so cool weren't they πŸ™‚

  23. Laura Hartley
    9th December 2016 / 11:06 am

    This is so cool! My dad was born in the 40s, I must ask him what he sort of bike he had when he was younger!

  24. Zena's Suitcase
    9th December 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I always wanted to own a chopper, but I think they just went out of fashion by the time I was old enough for one. They were awesome though

  25. Margarett Murphy
    10th December 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Ha! Can remember the chopper. Never has one though.

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