1984 Hutch Pro Raider
Vintage Hutch F/F, Beartraps, Sprocket/Chainring, Seatclamp donut, SR plain stem. GT Bars. New RL Flights.
As as kid, my parents didn't get it about Hutch (but check out my Predator, owned since 1985)! And NOW my folks get it!!! So, this is a "I always wanted a Hutch asas kid" project bike I started probably five years ago, the result of happening on a good deal on a Pro Raider in really good condition that had a tiawanese welder who knew his art. Don't be cliche and down it b/c it's not a Racer or Star, because the frame and forks are rock solid. Came with original black Hutch embossed spider and sugino chaniring, (though I personally will be replacing them with a chromo unpainted powerdisc), and post donut. Also has near perfect GT Bars, Odyssey Brakes and chrome Araya Super 7x rims with Crupi sealed bearing hubs. The first item addressed were pedals which are now entirely vingage Beartraps. Just added RL Flights (new dual pinch, still kill the 1pc Hutch chromos, even the old aerospeeds). Just got in NOS Cheng Shin Gum Walls today, and have powerdisc coming in mail. Trying to decide on a replacement for the Mongoose seat-just bugs the crap outta me. Then I might try an snipe some Hutch pro bars, trade existing Araya Supers for regulars or something else, maybe change the brakes. It's been a fun time and my son is four starting to dig working on the bike with me. I'll have his bike an old school Gregg Hill Products 16" 4130 chromo-from a former biz partner of Greg (will be up too). Bought for his bday, what a dad! I've got 30 year old shin scars to prove I am no newbie, finally got my Hutch, but was NEVER beaten by one back in the day. If my son races, he'll learn that with any well built quality bike, it's the rider and not the ride that ultimately wins the race! I just LOVE having a Hutch to look at, it hangs on the wall next to my big oak desk. I can take it down and out for a spin whenever I wish. Good times!
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