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The Tom Karen Meeting

 

 

Mr Tom Karen

 

 

 

 

For those who do not know, Tom Karen was asked to design a new style of bicycle in the late 1960's for Raleigh then based in Nottingham.

 

Raleigh supplied Tom (then the Director for Ogle design)

parts from (we now know) the Raleigh Mustang and RSW.

 

For those who are not familiar with the Mustang, this bike was the English version of the Raleigh Rodeo, the Rodeo was produced in the USA by Raleigh. The Mustang is a very rare cycle and we now believe this is the definitive link between a cruiser style cycle and the Chopper. As far as the Club know there is only ONE Raleigh Mustang in existence and was found hanging on a rusty nail in a closed down bike shop in Essex nearly 3 years ago.

(Pictures of this bike will be added further down this article)

 

Tom began to work on a cycle like never seen before, first the fluted banana seat (as we know it today) then fitting this seat to the Mustang drew up the bike we now know as the Raleigh Chopper.

 

Tom Still has the original drawings, and a number of us from the Club (www.RCOC.co.uk) were privileged to see these drawing and compare them to the finished product. There are photo's below of these very pictures copied by very kind permission of Tom.

 

 

Raleigh Mustang with the very First chopper seat fitted

 

 

 

The First of Three Designs Tom Produced for Raleigh 

 

 

 

  More Pictures of this incredible Proto type

 

 

Mike H presenting Tom with a Plaque from the Raleigh Chopper Owners Club (RCOC)

 

The Meeting and Plaque was arranged by Mike to commemorate 

the 35th anniversary of the Raleigh Chopper

 

 

The following information was printed on the back of some of the prototype pictures

 

 

 

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