Raleigh Vektar

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  1. iGav macrumors G3

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    I (and everybody I used to know) wanted one of these sick puppies back in the 80's! so much cooler than a Grifter! :p

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2211121114&category=420

    They also came in a dark grey frame, which looked decidedly cooler if you ask me!!

    If I had the time, I'd bid on this, and restore it up, and then cruise the streets of Soho/Hoxton at lunchtimes being the daddy!! ;)
     
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    You are a very, very, very sad man and I worry about you.

    I once left my knackers on a Choppers' gear lever, hated the damn things ever since.:p
     
  3. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    Choppers were before my time mate.... :p I was on the tail end of the Grifter revolution with it's twist grip, and then the Vektar was released! :D imagine burning someones back wheel, and then pressing the 'Sonic Space Blaster' button to scare the sh*t out of them!!

    quality! :eek: ;) :p
     
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  5. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Nooooooooooooo...

    (puts head in hands)

    That has got to be the Bastard child of a Grifter and an Airfix kit...

    If I'd have seen you riding that as a kid, i'd have been honour bound to kick you right off it:D
     
  6. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    I'd have just pressed the 'super analogue phaser blaster sound' and scared you away mate back to your mum! :p :p :p

    then I'd have cruised the streets with the in-built radio blasting out!!

    Wicked!! :D
     
  7. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    Now that's fighting talk for a bloke with a plastic bike and a tranny radio...

    :D :cool:
     
  8. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    dunno what you two plebs are on about...

    me, i had a grifter with a siren thingy on it that made all them noises and more, like a police siren, a bomb drop and blast, missile launchers and everything!!!


    ~skips away singing "my mum's better than your mum..."~

    :eek: :p :cool:
     
  9. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    until I got my drop-handlebar 10-Speed!! Whoooooooossssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! :p :p :p

    Actually it was only a 5 Speed, but who's counting anyway!! heheheh!
     
  10. 3rdpath macrumors 68000

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    igav...you usually have excellent taste but....

    that is one butt-ugly bike.

    i'm afraid a schwinn orange crate would put you to shame.

    not to mention snag the pretty babies.;)
     
  11. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    looks like I'm out voted on the Vektar then.... *withdraws from eBay Auction* :eek: :p :p :p
     
  12. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    dude, for 40 squid i'd buy it. and yeah, choppers were rad too, but as WinterMute said, it may be advisable to wear a cup heh :eek:
     
  13. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    I know it is tempting, I reckon it'd look the bomb in Soho... :D I just wouldn't have the time to fix it all up.... like trying to find a pair of faux Skyway white mag wheels for a start! :D

    I'd want it in grey though... at least I wouldn't look 'uncool' on a grey one!! heheheh!!

    I shall be keeping an eye on it though over the next few days! ;)
     
  14. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    yeah man, just don't try and bunnyhop on it when yer riding down past raymond revue bar haha (is that still there?)

    i still can't do that, after 20 years of trying :eek: just like i can't olly on a deck either...
     
  15. Jagga macrumors member

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    The Eighties???

    iGav, although I did bike ride in the eighties, Im 30 now, and although I also had a bicycle which was similar, can't remember the name but it had a skinny yellow fenders over regular steel spokes, and a skinny plastic fake gas tank, with BIG spoke wheels, I had the good fortune my new friends showed me how truely pathetic it was; especially riding around making my own "tranny radio" sounds out of my mouth.


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    Man I laughed so hard!!!! I haven't laughed that hard in years, thanks.

    I actually remember a bmx bike in 1985 called the P.K. Ripper as being the most expensive and lightest bike available for several years ($3000.00Canadian and at 15lbs).

    Beautiful bike, anyone have a picture of it???
     
  16. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    bunnyhop.... the Vektar... :p :p :p I bet it weighs the same as a small car :eek: although this was the 80's and anything was possible, so there maybe a 'bunnyhop-assist' button somewhere on it's computer console.... heheheh :D

    It's at £38 now.... and here's something totally unreal... someone wants £25 for a Vektar brouchure.... £25.... :eek: it's only £13 less than the actual bike.... :eek: :p :p

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2212201241&category=420
     
  17. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    sold for £53 quid.... bit of a bargin if you ask me... ;) :D
     
  18. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    but not to you? damn dude, you should have got that one....
     
  19. iGav thread starter macrumors G3

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    Not to me... :( I totally forgot it finished on Christmas Day, otherwise I might have been tempted.

    I reckon it'd need a fair few quid spent on it.... first thing first I'd get in touch with Raleigh to get the 'grey' colour code, and to see if they had any new-old stock parts for it and also to get copies of the original decals.

    Then I'd get the frame powdered coated in the 'grey', bits and bobs re-chromed, and pull everything apart replacing anything worn out.... as you can see, I've thought about this alot.... heheheh:p
     

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