BMX Bikes

1985 Repco HiTen

I bought this frame from Brett Ryan as a project for my son and I to build together over the school holidays. Ryan chose the parts to build this bike primarily from the BMX Works site and some and some second-hand parts I had lying around.

Construction work was shared between us though Ryan was not keen to get grease on his hands. Ryan also has a real problem when it comes to tightening and loosening bolts and no number of 'righty-tighty, lefty-loosey' or clockwise to tighten helped the situation. We got through the construction at the end all and we are still friends ..


Like a lot of the pads on my bike, this set came from Stephen Dobson of EsemDesign. I was keen to get a set of these made as I do not have a set of original ones and they are quite hard to come by. As usual, the quality is spot on and the colour combination ties in nicely to the bike's colour scheme.

The final shot is of the bike's maiden voyage with my son taking the reins. There was no pressure as we all watched him test the brakes (both callipers front and rear and a coaster brake) as he rolled down our slightly inclined driveway.


The bike was made from predominantly new parts from BMX Works. The Tuffs however were remade by Warren Eales while Ryan and I watched. This was followed by a tour of his bike collection .. a must for all enthusiasts!

  • Hotfoot '85 Hiten Frame and Forks
  • Skyway Tuffs
  • VP-565 Pedals
  • Hotfoot '85 Decals (Brett Ryan)
  • Hotfoot '85 Pad Set (EsemDesign)
  • Dia Compe MX-883 Callipers
  • Dia Compe Tech IV Levers
  • Viscount Dominator Seat
  • Takagi Spider


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