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Pre-mountain bike classic looks better than new.

Remember the classic Raleigh Bomber of the 1980’s? A single-speed cruiser, it was the Big Heron’s first, hesitant step into 26-inch wheeled bikes before Raleigh jumped head-first into mountain bikes a couple of years later with the Maverick.

Mike Shattock’s brother David had one and when he found it rusting in a family friend’s shed, he decided to restore it to its original glory. Here’s a video that will put a smile on your face.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Sweet ride.
Beautiful story.
I had a green one - it had a picture of a B17 bomber on the toptube. I remember it weighing about the same as a fully laden B17 bomber too.
I wonder where Mike got the replacement decals from?

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CameronB [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Amazing and a great story.

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Guyz2010 [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Lush and so well done, I'm sure David would rock if he could see this. Well Done. Lovely news.

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kitkat [313 posts] 2 years ago
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Great tribute to Mike's brother. Bike looks awesome and you'd feel pretty awesome doing 30miles on it!

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pirnie [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Great video!! And a lovely tribute. Also means I'm gonna be singing motorhead in the lab for the rest of the afternoon!  4

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gareth2510 [167 posts] 2 years ago
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Chappeu,

Great job  41

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Forester [111 posts] 2 years ago
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Heartwarming

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therealsmallboy [162 posts] 2 years ago
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That's a lovely story, good effort.

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Neil Smith 48 [18 posts] 2 years ago
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That made my day - lovely story. I hope Raleigh see it too.

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sea_biscuit [29 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant story. My mate had one too. He has never forgotten his.

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billsdon [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Raleigh have definitely seen it Neil! Great to see the heartwarming story. Fantastic restoration. Now that reminds me, that Europa in the garage ain't gonna restore itself!

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Super Domestique [1596 posts] 2 years ago
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Great stuff.

I still have most of my old '85 Maverick in my loft. I should rebuild it.

I rode a few bombers bitd and my mav had that same front light till some tea leaf wandered off with it.

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tourdelound [151 posts] 2 years ago
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Magic stuff.....supercool!  41

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m0rjc [36 posts] 2 years ago
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I had a black one in my childhood. It was a great bike!

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Stim [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

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glascymru [12 posts] 2 years ago
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great story taking me back to childhood as for stim's comment about consigning grifters to the scrap heap how dare he i used to kick ass against bmxers on the many improvised tracks in our local park although i did prefer the burner that took it's place

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Evans Tourer [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Great restoration job, though the tyres are incorrect - they should be snake-belly (chevron) pattern treads, such as these:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PAIR-26x2-125-SNAKEBELLY-BLUE-GUMWALL-RALEIGH-BOMBER-CRUISER-TYRES-/190966529619?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item2c767dfe53

I had a new one in 1985, a black and chrome 5-speed version, which I thought was blimmin marvellous at the time.

Heavy, yes, but what a brilliant paper-round bike - super-durable, and comfy for morning and evening paper deliveries, while being versatile enough for a weekend thrash about the woods or towpath, or commute to the station.

I was jealous when my friend got one of the first Maverick MTBs, so I set about upgrading my Bomber to 15 speeds with a triple Sakae chainset, and later, alloy rims, which made it into quite a formidable mud-plugger!

I later sold it and went over to mountainbikes, but the Bomber had a certain magic about it, a bit like the bicycle equivalent of a Harley-Davidson.

Good to see that they have a decent following.  4

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nowasps [379 posts] 2 years ago
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Stim wrote:

Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

You don't read, then? And the music was entirely appropriate.

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cactuscat [284 posts] 2 years ago
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Stim wrote:

Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

*that's* your first post? i guess it's good to nail your colours to the mast, first impressions and all that. i await your incisive contribution to the debate.

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Rob Simmonds [251 posts] 2 years ago
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Stim wrote:

Had to put the video on mute,what the hell is that all about?
Raleigh Bomber-horrible contraptions,remember this gangly youth with a long nose called Neville and his twin brother having a pair of these bloody awful things in black back in the early 80s
I used to challenge them to races round the block on the council estate in the midlands i lived in at the time,i was on my Raleigh Burner and used to lap these idiots despite all their huffing and puffing,atrocious bikes,heavy,unwieldy,slow,good for nothing except the scrap cart along with choppers,Raleigh Grifters and the rest of those hideous pieces of crap
What on Earth possessed this guy to renovate the pile of junk ive got no idea,probably middle aged nostalgia for a childhood long long

At last! Someone who hasn't lost their rosy tinted specs, but stamped them into little plasticky splinters. The Bomber, Grifter and the sod-awful Chopper were dreadful bikes. Really, really horrible.

If someone wants to relive part of their childhood then great, that's lovely, but the bikes were shit.

The Raleigh Hustler on the other hand was completely ace.

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Lycraman [4 posts] 2 years ago
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It's irrelevant whether the bikes were good or not. This Raleigh Bomber was my younger brothers pride and joy and I decided to restore it, end of. I've enjoyed restoring it and I posted the video for his old friends to take a trip down memory lane. I didn't ask for it to be posted on this site but I'm grateful for the positive feedback. I am sorry if I have offended anyone with loud music (Bomber by Motörhead) and non Snakebelly tyres (the ones on e-bay aren't Cheng originals) but I've restored it for me and how I think my brother would have liked it. I have had hundreds of positive comments and three negative ones, two on here, so that's not too bad.

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jellysticks [94 posts] 2 years ago
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Lycraman - guessing Mike - some people are...well...just massive fucking wankers?

As you say the 'quality' of the bike, if that's even an issue, is hardly the point. The quality of the restoration looks awesome to me - top job.

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Lycraman [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks Jellysticks. I bought another Super Bomber in case I needed spares. I may restore that in pink just to piss off the purists. Mike.

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Lycraman [4 posts] 2 years ago
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Stim, if you actually took 3m 40s to watch the video you will see that my brother died tragically in 1992 aged 18 and that his pride and joy Bomber went missing for 15 years.

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jellysticks [94 posts] 2 years ago
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Stim you really are a miserable cunt aren't you? Or a depressingly effective troll. Either way, you're thoroughly deplorable. Do fuck off and stop ruining a great tale for everybody else.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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Can someone ban Stim before he makes more of a dick of himself than he already has?

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Stim [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Jack Osbourne snr [385 posts] 2 years ago
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Stim, shtoom.

If you're gonna get pissed up and then go on the Web, go somewhere where that's the norm.

I'm not normally one for censorship, but I think that this is a case where deleting all posts from just before Stim arrived and locking new comments would be justified... Otherwise there's likely to be lots of unnecessary swearing and abuse getting posted.

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dave atkinson [6148 posts] 2 years ago
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Morning everyone! we all sweetness and light today?

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Ian531 [34 posts] 2 years ago
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Great, but sad story, massive congrats on the restoration  41 ! Just ignore the knobheads

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