BMX Bikes

1985 Hotfoot 24" Cruiser

So by now I have a few Hotfoots - including some that I ride and some that are destined to hang on my garage wall for ever - but I find myself continually opting to ride my '95 Mongoose Menace over these other bikes. Why? The simple reason is that the geometry and size of the Hotfoots make them less comfortable to ride than most mid-school or new-school bikes. The Mongoose isn't large (with a top tube length of 19½ inches or thereabouts compared to a Team's 18" or so) but the geometry of the bike makes the seat post slightly more laid back / less upright making the frame feel much bigger.

Short of slapping Hotfoot stickers on my Mongoose, I needed a solution and building a 24" Hotfoot Cruiser was the obvious one. Peat had collected a number by this time and I managed to buy one from him. The bike was in reasonable condition with good chrome but badly rusted steel rims. The brakes, hubs and cranks were all original but the lower quality that Repco had started introducing by this time.


I quite like the look of the bike without decals and pads. For contrast, here is the bike shown again with the pads fitted. At this stage I am still deciding whether to put the decals I purchased from Lix on the bike or not.


The yellow paint was applied by BMX Madman (Pete) and like the perfect job he did on my freestyle Hotfoot it is fantastic and differentiates the bike from all of the chrome and black builds that are around.

This bike is built for cruising and is fitted with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer rear hub that comes complete with a coaster brake. Part of the clean look of the bike comes from the fact that the bike doesn't have calliper brakes front or rear. In an attempt to have no cables at all, I contemplated buying a two speed SRAM hub where the gears are activated by 'kicking' the pedals in reverse. After talking to a number of stores, the general consensus was that the 3 speed was far better ..

  • Hotfoot 24" Cruiser Frame / Forks
  • Hotfoot 24" Cruiser Bars
  • Hotfoot 170mm cranks
  • Hotfoot reproduction pads
  • Takagi Chain wheel
  • Kashimax Aero Seat
  • Sturmey Archer S-RC3 Hub
  • Sturmey Archer 3 Speed Twist Shifter
  • SRAM Fixie Chain
  • Weinmann 24" 7X rims
  • 24" Duro Tyres
  • Tange Seiki Bottom Bracket

The complete restoration of the bike can be seen here.


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