Into hand-built, custom, one-off bikes? We know you are really – don’t pretend that beards and rustic steel frames aren’t your secret fetish, you noodle spinner. The Hack Bike Derby looks like an absolute hoot if this is anything to go by with it’s homemade triple clamp forks and cobbled together disc brakes. Sign us up for next year please; now where did I put that flange tool?

“17 frame builders racing home hacked Klunkers over a rain & fire filled weekend in Somerset. The Hack Bike Derby is an annual event held over 2 days with a different type of bike and series of races proposed for each year. This year, the first year, the theme is klunkers; the original Mountain Bikes as raced from around 1976 in California, USA.”

All builders were given the same brief; builders must race the bike they have built, stock car rules apply (if another builder thinks you have an unfair advantage you have to be prepared to swap bikes for a race), all bikes must conform to the event rules:

– Frame and forks must be made by the rider from steel, specifically for this event.
– The bike must be made cheaply (under £300, all in)
– Dropouts must be made (“hacked”) by the rider
– The bike mustn’t be painted but it can be clear-coated, raw or painted using pens, paint brushes or rattle can, by the rider (basically – no expensive paint jobs!)
– All bikes must use the same tyres (and hence wheel size) Bontrager have provided 26” x 2.35 XR4 Team Issue tires for every rider
– The bikes must also be built according to this year’s brief; 1 x gear, 2 x brakes (1 x front + 1 x rear, no hydraulic or disk, ideally not V brakes), and the bike must look like a klunker.

Created by The Bicycle Academy, sponsored by Bell Helmets, Bontrager and Break Fluid Coffee.

Short film Directed + Edited by Alex Rankin

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http://www.HackBikeDerby.com

Thu 21st Apr, 2016 @ 9:30 am

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