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Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

You have your MAIN bike (may it be a mountain bike or road bike, gravel or whatever first bike you have), yet it is great to have a klunker as a second bike.

Actually, this can be your main bike. Given how smooth and comfortable this klunker rides…

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

We patterned the ride from So-Cal’s re-pack bikes from the 60’s and 70’s wherein they race the cruisers downhill on mountain roads using coaster hub bikes. According to history, hippies back then simply removed the fenders, bike stand, chain guards and had fun going down the mountain.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Hot Rod

We built the wheels on light aluminum red rims, with rear Shimano coaster hubs and normal Shimano road hubs for the front. It rolls smoothly even if the tires were knobby. The white side wall tires plus the red rims give the bike the hot rod look we were aspiring for.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
“swallow”
HOT ROD photo credit: Street rodder

Behind Bars

The magic behind a good klunker build is the bar. It is very hard nowadays to find the perfect klunker bar. It should have the right length, correct rise, and perfect sweep in order to work like a klunker. Too low, or too swept back, the bike would ride like a cruiser. Too straight, and then it ain’t a klunker. We found the correct handle bar with the right specs buried somewhere deep in Marikina valley… and had it repainted along with the frame, fork and stem.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

We were so thankful when we found the handle bar!!! We appreciate the treasure, Universe! Danke!

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Power to the Pedal

Klunkers have such simple drivetrains. Singlespeed running on coaster hubs deliver power to the hot rod. Energy comes from the rider, transferred to the pedal, which turns the crank, and spins the chainring. We wanted to put a compact disc style chainring but decided to slap on a really light chainring to make the bike nice to pedal. Good choice, ‘coz now the bike really feels great to ride, not too hard, and not too light.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Cockpit

Old School bling pedals wrapped with black rubber touch your shoes. Squishy rubber compound with air pockets make the grips soft to the palm. Wide Vetta saddle custom wrapped in black leather carry your bum. That’s really something, for a klunker this shiny!

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
if there are air soles, there are air grips as well.
Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
Vetta saddle, made in Italy
Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
crank it, Kermit!

Flow

The design of the frame gives flow to the over all aesthetics of the bike. We just love how the middle bar is set parallel to the ground, giving the bike a unique stance which only a few would appreciate.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
Art in Bicycles

We don’t just make bikes in Valleybikes.net. We give form and function on the bike parts to create a unique machine designed for transport and movement.

There is a reason why we put knobby white side wall tires on a klunker. The red rims are not just racing colors for a hot rod, but it also accentuates the whole look of the bike.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Why is the front wheel quick release and the rear wheel is not?

For easy transport and function. You can easily pop on or off the front wheel, but the rear wheel has a coaster hub, so it cannot be QR.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Can we ride this bike on the trail?

Yes, you may ride the bike on the trail. It is quite fun actually.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped
legit

There have been rumors that the frame of this klunker is a Columbia 5 star frame. We cannot deny or confirm this, for you have to check the serial number on the left drop out and see if it really is a Columbia frame.

What we can assure is this: THIS IS A VERY FUN RIDING BIKE.

Ride

Riding is easy, using this klunker. When cruising, the tires grip the ground well. Tap the pedals back a little and the brakes slow down the velocity. I encountered some climbs while riding this but thanks to the high rise bar, it is easy to stand up and give some more power to the pedal.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Geometry is relaxed like a cruiser, but more upright for the trails.

Its the bike to choose for short distance rides and park runs.

Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

Shout out to Cruiser Bike Manila, Manila Cruiser and Retro bikes, Wicked Custom Cruiser Philippines, Baywalk Beach Cruisers, oh yeah!

2 Responses to Hot Rod Old School Klunker Got Stripped

  1. Eddie Lemmon says:

    What is the cost of this work of art?

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