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Hack Bike Derby – Frame Building, Mud and Fun in the Woods

Hack Bike Derby from Hack Bike Derby on Vimeo.

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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GCCYLES Winter Warmer Solstice Campout 21-22nd June

GCYCLES SwiftCampout

GCYCLES is taking part in Swift Industries excellent world wide bicycle camping initiative #swiftcampout, encouraging cyclists worldwide to get out of town and spend a night under the stars on the solstice weekend of 21st-22nd June

We will be leaving Gcyles Workshop around 12.30 and cycling out of town and up and over the Mt. Jerusalem National Park to spend a night at the base of Mt. Wollumbin (Mt. Warning) camping at the Mount Warning Rainforest Park. The Park is situated at the entrance to the World Heritage Listed Mt Warning National Park.

The ride isn’t flat (Here’s the route on Strava) but the views are worth the effort!

If you’re up for it get in touch.

Ride Safe,


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