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Got my Raleigh Shopper stolen (thieves are so desperate nowadays), and looking for a similar replacement. Could anyone suggest the best search query to search for similar bikes (Raleigh, BSA, Puch all made variations of it at some point)?

My main question, though, would be whether there is a similar-size or slightly (24 inch?) bigger bike that is also step-through, commuter-ready (comfortable seat standard, mudguards) and has suspension? Smaller than 20 inch is too small for me, so Moulton is out.

I could go with a suspension seat on some vintage shopper but wanted to check if there is something modern that fits the bill.

Stock photo of a Shopper from https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzY4WDEwMjQ=/z/Y~oAAOSw~RNZmvjV/$_86.JPG

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    20 inches is small for a (non-folding) adult's commuter bike, unless you are unusually short. There are probably hundreds of different 24" and perhaps 26" bikes that you would find suitable -- visit your local dealers. Or Google 20-inch adult bike. – Daniel R Hicks Jul 19 '18 at 22:00
  • Consider not owning a bike at all. If you have a bike rental scheme in your area, consider joining and riding loan bikes. If they get stolen, its not your problem. – Criggie Jul 19 '18 at 23:10
  • @DanielRHicks - I'm guessing Raleigh Shopper is Raleigh Chopper? in which case, that is a children's bike. – Batman Jul 19 '18 at 23:25
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    @Batman - No, Google will show you that the Shopper is a 20" adult bike, styled like a foldie. – Daniel R Hicks Jul 19 '18 at 23:27
  • Googling suggests the Shopper is a raleigh 20 with a front basket. As such, they're getting popular again, meaning more valuable and more of a target. – Criggie Jul 20 '18 at 4:24
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Dahon mid range folders, and a lot of cheaper chinese clones, usually come with full guards. e.g. this: https://dahon.com/bikes/mariner-d8-2/ The steel frames are only a teensy bit heavier than aluminium, and last better - I have had both - steel would actually be my preference from Dahon.

If you are happy with 20" steering, then go folding - it's totally awesome, and sociable, to be able to fold your bike up, and easily throw it in the back of someones car for a ride home.

I am happy with the Suntour seatpost, much better than the tubular type. not sure if you can get it to match the long fat seatpost of a folder though. (needs very regular oiling, and oiling before first use).

Can't help with the mini ape hangers though.

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