Alan Oakley (designer)

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Alan Oakley
Born (1927-04-27)27 April 1927
Netherfield, Nottinghamshire
Died 18 May 2012(2012-05-18) (aged 85)
Cause of death
Known for Designing the Raleigh Chopper bicycle

Alan Oakley (27 April 1927 – 18 May 2012)[1] was a British bicycle designer from Nottingham who worked for the Raleigh Bicycle Company.

As Raleigh's chief designer he designed the company's best selling Chopper bicycle.[2] He drew the design for the Chopper on an envelope as he travelled home from the USA, in 1967, inspired to replicate the design of Peter Fonda's character's motorbike in the film Easy Rider. He came up with his drawing as he flew home from the trip, set up for him to "get-to-grips" with youth culture. In the 1980s, production of the Chopper ceased when the rival BMX hit the market, but, due to popular demand, a limited edition Chopper was released in 2004.[2]

Oakley married twice. His first marriage, in 1954, was to Brenda Wilson; the couple had a son and daughter. Oakley was married to Karen Francis from 1992 until his death. Oakley died from cancer, aged 85. He was survived by his son.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Alan Oakley (obituary), The Telegraph, 21 May 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Cult bicycle is making a comeback". BBC News. 24 February 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Raleigh Chopper designer Alan Oakley dies from cancer". BBC News. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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