HARDASSES ¤ BUILD
After consciously staying off bikes for the past year and half I finally caved when some of my buds started building and shredding a very simple and classic form of a mountain bike which they dubbed as the Hardasses Bikes. These are minimal bikes that are either stolen from their Dad's or pieced together from shop spare bins. I started looking around for the base of my own Hardasses and Jackson Allen told me of an old Specialized Stumpjumper that his dad had pulled out of a dumpster some time ago. It was perfect, 26” frame made of chromoly and about the right size for me. I started lurking my old bike cabinets and soliciting friends for parts until finally I brought what I had compiled into an ABS afterhour sesssion and Cobb Hyde helped me set it up properly. What I ended up with was a lean, mean, shredding machine that can be thrown around like a BMX bike but down a rough mountain bike trail or loaded with packs and pedaled cross country. I'm looking forward to the early morning shreds and multi-day adventures to come on the Hardasses Bike.
Stay tuned for Part II where I sew up some backpacking bags and get her ready for bike camping.