How have bikes evolved over 70 years?

May 9, 2022

As we’re sure you know, it’s the Queen’s Jubilee, celebrating 70 years on the throne. She has seen so many changes in the world, and bikes are no exception.

The Cruiser – a classic of the 50’s and 60’s

The Cruiser was developed way back in 1930’s USA but gained its popularity in the 50’s and 60’s. The bicycle had a stable steel frame, single speed mechanicals and balloon tires. It was a product unlike any other, being an adaption of the cruiser motorbikes from WW2. The product came with a faux petrol tank and a battery powered headlight that defined the look of this classic. However, as time progressed, bikes started to become far lighter, meaning that the market shifted to cyclists preferring the European inspired racing bikes. This unfortunately led to the cruisers eventual decline in sales.

Choppers, BMX and Mountain Bikes, the thrills of the 70s & 80s

As new build techniques improved, the demand for a new bike interpretation of a classic motorcycle, the Chopper arose. Created as a kid’s bike, the most notable features of the bike were its banana seat (that made carrying passengers and doing wheelies easier) and the ape hanger handlebars. The Raleigh Chopper was one of the best-selling children’s bikes in the UK and the model is considered a classic amongst collectors and in the childhood memories of many.


The BMX was also inspired by a motorbike. Developed from motocross bikes, they began their life in the 70’s but really exploded into popularity, especially in the UK, in the 80’s where they became the must have for all kids and teenagers. They’re still rather popular today, with riders of all ages choosing this classic bike.


Next up came the Mountain Bike, born from the realisation that off-road cycling was a struggle, especially for riding down rugged hillsides. A hybrid of the BMX and a road bike was needed. Old Cruisers were modified by riders for off-road terrains as their balloon tires were readily available and could endure a lot, and their heavy and sturdy steel frame came in use for slamming against rocks and but were too heavy in mud. So, through the 70’s and 80’s companies started to develop bikes that were fit for the off-road experience. These bikes were far lighter and used durable materials like aluminium. Much like the BMX, Mountain Bikes are a popular choice for both children and adults and have definitely stood the test of time.



Electric Bikes, taking the strain of the Millennium

The concept of electric bikes dates back to the late 19th century but it wasn’t until the now that battery technology has been sufficiently advanced to really enable these bikes to take off. Bikes have come on leaps and bounds and there are now many model types and battery sizes suitable for any type of rider, this bike is a fantastic way to get around and makes cycling accessible to a wider age range. To round off our 70 years of bikes all together, take a look at this electric Cruiser-style bike, now that faux tank isn’t so faux anymore!


If you’re interested in any of our BMX’sMountain Bikes or Electric Bikes, take a look at our huge range and even save yourself some money on our selected Jubilee offers.





Enter our Jubilee competition!

We’re celebrating in style! Be in with the chance of winning a stylish new bike or a £70 giftcard. Head to our Instagram or Facebook to enter today!

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The competition will end on Wednesday 1st June at 2pm. The winners for each weekly prize will be announced on Saturday 4th June 2022 on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Eligibility: Employees of Cycle King or those associated with the operation or promotion of the competition are ineligible to enter. Any such entries are invalid. For delivery of the prize, you will be required to be available at a specified time and place.

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The prize: Each entrant is limited to winning one prize per competition. The prize is subject to availability and to winner confirmation. The Promoter will not deliver the prize to any address outside of mainland UK.

The first selected winner will win a Snob Halo. The second will win a Bridgford bike. The third selected will win an Ammaco Axis and then fourth will win a £70 giftcard. No cash alternative will be provided and any prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable.

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