is the article from the SUN newspaper, of ONE of our famous club
members, "Ed". In the last week or so, he has been in the
national press, and on TV, with his Dad Richard. Where will he be next?
Keep up the good work Ed, and I will see you and your Dad at
Ed loves 70s
bikes so much
got 35 of them
for sore thighs ... Edward shows off his classic
WACKY Edward Pratt loves to show off his massive Chopper
collection — he’s got 35 of the classic Raleigh bikes!
The 16-year-old travels across Britain to pick up the
chunky bikes which were every kid’s must-have set of
wheels in the 1970s. Their trademark U-shaped handlebars and leather seats
earned them cult status. Edward has a £10,000 Chopper
collection and scours tips and places ads for spares or
whole bikes which he restores with his dad. Edward said: “There’ll never be another bike like
them. The handlebars, saddle and gear shifter on the
crossbar are the best bits. We don’t pay much for them
because of the state they are in. “But they are quite valuable when we’ve finished with
them and look fantastic. We respray them and put on
Chopper stickers — then I take them for a test ride.” Dad Richard, 44, bought his son his first second-hand
Chopper when he was five — then got hooked himself. He now drives from their home in Didcot, Oxon, as far as
Cornwall and Scotland to pick up old Choppers.
up his street ... Edward's collection is growing,
three years after getting his first bike
He even flew 3,000 miles to Washington DC for a rare
Silver Jubilee edition with a silver frame, worth £1,500.
Richard said: “I encouraged him to restore bikes as a
constructive hobby but it’s becoming an addiction for
me. “We went on holiday to Cornwall last year and as soon as
we got there I placed an ad in a newsagents to see what I
could find. Five days later we took a Chopper home with us.”
Edward’s sister Selina, 18, brought one back from a
holiday in Florida — after he spotted it on the
internet. But mum Caroline thinks the obsession is going too far.
The 41-year-old nurse said: “It was bad enough when it
was one of them but now Edward’s got the whole family
involved. “We can’t go out without their eyes wandering to some
rusty old bike.
“I can’t get near my shed and as for cleaning
Edward’s room, there’s no chance. I wish he could just
be interested in girls and football.” Raleigh made 1.5 million Choppers from 1969-79. There were
two versions and limited editions to mark special
occasions. Edward’s five-gear Three Plus Two is one of
only eight left.