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3 cheers for your hack bike(7 posts)

3 cheers for your hack bikescruffyduncan
Jun 20, 2002 3:30 AM
mine get's me to work every day, keeps me fit with all that weighty frame, keeps me dry with its mudguards, saves my good bike from the worst of the elements, has a lovely comfy seat and doesn't attract the envious glances of thieves. Hell, I can even get a good pace up on it, given a long straight and a slight downslope. How do I reward it?, never cleaned, hardly lubed, chained to railings, no TLC at all in fact.

How much of all your riding is on your hack?, how much value does it represent compared to the overpriced, high maintenance, space age contraption you take out at the weekend?, where would we be without them?
Jun 20, 2002 4:13 AM
made up of many different parts,i live in new york ,i've had forks,bars and headsets knicked,pedals taken off and lost more seats than i can remember,now my bike is as unattractive as is poss,i even recycle my old bar tape from the nice bike to the nasty,but i love it
re: 3 cheers for your hack bikeMJ
Jun 20, 2002 4:47 AM
I'm in the market for building a SS hack bike with guards et al - ugly as possible to deter theft - it's about getting to work, going out in the evening and not having to take the tube home with just a wheel...

thinking brick lane on Sunday

where'd you get yours? any suggestions?
re: 3 cheers for your hack bikewarriorcharge
Jun 20, 2002 4:53 AM
did you try LOOT
Sort of.....muncher
Jun 20, 2002 5:29 AM
I have a hack - a Gazelle SS CX 531. I use it for my commute all winter, at other times when I am not doing any traing on the way to/from the office.

Trouble is, it's too nice. Great metallic red with WC rings etc. Classic Mafac levers and cantis, Campy Record hubs/other stuff, and brand new (when I got it) MA3 build wheels, courier bars. Fits perfectly. I can only let it got so filthy, then I just have to clean it all up to it's real glory. The whole thing cost me £180.

Very hard to beat that for value I'd say.

So, Hurrah x3!
re: 3 cheers for your hack bikescruffyduncan
Jun 20, 2002 5:47 AM
mine's an old steel allez that cost me £200 about a year ago. Overpriced really, but all the components were mid range or better, then they all failed and are now replaced with cheap stuff.

Brick lane is a good place if you don't mind handling stolen goods, a guy I know got a really good bike out of loot though. Then there's ebay, police auctions, or re-cycling at the elephant and castle (negotiate alot on the price)
life's short: ride your best bike all the time (nm)WhoWasThat
Jun 20, 2002 8:42 AM