Archive | April, 2016

Hack Bike Derby

The Hack Bike Derby Annual Invitational is an excuse for framebuilders to make some bikes for the hell of it then race them against each other.

The event is something that I’ve wanted to make happen for about three years, but with an already full plate it has been too hard to fit in, up until now. I didn’t have any more time, but I simply couldn’t put it off any longer.

This year’s event was Klunker themed, and it was awesome. The weather was terrible, almost biblical, but everyone was fully committed to living the hack bike dream and as a result we had one of the most memorable bike weekends ever.

There’s already plans for next year’s event, so if you’re interested please get in touch…

Video by Alex Rankin / Photos by Adam Gasson / Artwork by Adi Gilbert

The event is created by The Bicycle Academy, sponsored by Bell Helmets, Bontrager and Break Fluid Coffee.

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Frickin laser beams

This special method of brazing is only possible after 10,000 hrs (or 500 frames) of torch time. Yup it’s reserved for those who’ve racked up the magic number of hours to become a true master. The last hour / frame is particularly teasing as you question why it’s not about how good you actually are at brazing, but once over the mark it’s quite a relief and you forget all about that meritocratic silliness. Even better you don’t need to worry about learning ever again because you’re officially a master now. Imagine that. Rad.

Of course, we actually taught Scott (shown here) to smash out some sh!t hot brazes in around 8 hrs, but that’s because we don’t believe in glass ceilings, the tooth fairy, or putting butter on a burn…

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