Repco Hotfoot

While researching information for my '85 Team Hotfoot and up-coming '82 Team Hotfoot build, I got so sick of finding information then losing it again that I started copying images of bikes, parts and advertising material into a single place. To assist others, I have reproduced this information over the following pages .. most of the information can be found on OzBMX and BMXMuseum and I am not pretending that this informtion will replace either of these valuable resources.

Please browse through all of the material I have collected:

If you have any Hotfoot information or photos, please forward them to me and I will add them to the site. I am especially interested in brochures and advertisements as these are most valuable when restoring bikes back to their original glory.

Hall of Fame

Below are some Hotfoot bikes that have taken my fancy and influenced me in my builds. The beautiful thing about these bikes is that they span from factory original - down to the brakes, calipers, seat and other small parts - to a modern build where the only OG part are the frames and fork. That's one of the things I like about Hotties and their builders - anything goes. These aren't rare bikes and no-one is going to get upset that you have chosen non-original parts or colours.


Hall of Fame: 24" Hotfoot Cruisers

The 24" Hotfoot Cruiser first appeared in the '84 / '85 catalogue and was featured again in the '85 / '86 and the '86 / '87 catalogue. These originally came in normal chrome but were replaced with a black chrome variant in the final years of production.


If you have had a look at my SuperMax site, you will know that Clayton has an impressive collection of Malvern Star SuperMax and Maxi bikes. His Hotfoot collection is coming along too with this impresiive 1986 24" cruiser. That custom paint colour works a treat!
   
Not sure what tortures Clayton inflicted on his brother when they were young but it seems that he is making up for it now! This bike was built for his brother after he fell in love with the cruiser Clayton had built himself. Doesn't the yellow and black look fantastic?


Peat's '86 Hotfoot Cruiser features rare smoked chrome that appears to be unique to the 1986 20" and 24" HiTen bikes. This bikes has been restored as a rider and retains most of the original parts - cranks, pedals, headset and handlebars!

   
Dave74 restored this '86 Hotfoot Cruiser on a budget. Bought for $40, Dave stripped the chrome from the frame and bars before painting it white and fitting red accessories - the end result looks really effective!

I found these pictures of an '86 Hotfoot Cruiser on eBay. It appears to be in great condition with the exception of a possible small dint in the down tube near the head stem gusset. I was considering bidding on it but had recently bought my Hoffman (from the same seller!) and couldn't justify two bikes in rapid succession.

   
Rowan performed a complete restoration on this old cruiser stripping the chrome from the frame and forks before zinc coating and powder coating them in matte black. The combination of black and chrome is simple yet timeless and the mix of quality parts - Dia Compe MX1000 rear calliper, Tech 3 lever, Viscount Dyna seat and Sugino Maxy cranks and chainwheel - complete this quality build.


Finished in chrome, black and gold, Jas666's '85 Hotfoot 24" Cruiser looks great but Jas isn't satisfied - the wheels will be rebuilt soon with a set of polished high flange Normandy hubs, stainless steel spokes and gold nipples. Other changes include a polished tufneck disc and a NOS gold 40 tooth Suntour chainring.

   
Thanks to Andrew Thompson (drewscollection on eBay) for these pics which detail an absolutely original barn find. Following the original pics are a set after a good wash and scrub showing a really neat bike - except for those blown out tyres. No amount of scrubbing will restore those!


Known as HJ Kingswood on Facebook, Steve has shown his love extends beyond classic Aussie cars to Aussie bikes. This Wollongong built 24" cruiser has a nice blend of new and original parts - original parts include the Shimano Tourney callipers, Shimano DX lever, Takagi Tourney cranks and a Suntour style stem. New parts include the AME grips, Kashimax seat, Skyway Tuffs and reproduction decals.

   
Another one of mine - a 24" Hotfoot I bought from Peter Healey and had painted by BMXMadMan in a custom shade of Signal Yellow. 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.


While waiting on parts for another build, Slider decided to tart up his old Hotty rider by chucking on some nice Shimano Tourney brakes, a Suntour stem, a Suntour clamp, a Tange lock nut and Shimano SX pedals. In Slider's words 'All these nice parts on a pitted dirty old Hotfoot. A bit like trying to put a top hat on a turd really.'

   
Heath's built his 24" Cruiser as a tribute to the film Karate Kid using some new and old parts and a set of home-made pads. In the film, the main character Ralph Macchio rides a Mongoose 2/4 but after a run-in with the local kids throws the damaged bike into a dumpster. The following day, the janitor at his apartment block - Mr. Miyagi - has repaired all of the damage including the severely bent wheel.

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Extra Info / Links

   OldSchoolMags.com  Have you ever wished that you could go back in time to the late 70's and early 80's when you could walk into a newsagency and see the latest issues of BMX Action, BMX Plus, Super BMX and Freestylin' in the racks as crisp and clean as the day they were printed? If you said yes to any of these questions, this is the site for you ..

   BMX Works  This site has everything you will ever need to restore an old school bmx from loose parts - nuts, bolts and bearings - through to complete brake sets, cranks sets and finishing parts, such as pad sets and decals.

   Madman's BMX Painting Services  Pete's work is second to none. I have two frames painted by him - a Hotfoot Freestyle in white and a Hotfoot 24" Cruiser in Hazard Yellow - and both have come out beautifully. Pete can also handle the stripping of paint and chrome and other prep work.

   Re-Rides  Sydney Australia based BMX restoration and photography. Rebuilding retro BMX bikes from 80's old-school, 90's mid-school and 00's new-school era's.

   SDBMX  SDBMX sells a distinctive range of cast alloy BMX rims that will finish of any old-school, mid-school or even new-school build. Styles include the Blizzard, Cyclone, Hurricane, Tornado and Typhoon.

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   Vintage Mongoose  Anyone who is interested in Mongooses (Mongeese?) has probably already found this site. When I was restoring my Motomag, I found this site invaluable for information and reproductions decals and grips. Warren, who is behind this site, is a local who is passionate - no obsessive - about the Mongoose brand and it shows.