Me and my bikes, Part 4 – Hooligan
I rescued this Cannondale Hooligan from the back on a houseboat where it was just sitting and slowly deteriorating. Hardly a fitting fate for a bike with so much attitude.
I’ve changed a fair few details, but in the back of my mind, there was always the thought that I needed to maintain and even enhance the character of the bike. I loved it at first sight, it’s different, small, quick and tough. A strange mix of BMX, MTB and City bike that just works.
It comes standard with a 3-speed internal gear hub and sure, that’s practical but way to suburban and boring for this bike. It just screams for something a bit more “exciting”, something more fitting the image it projects. So I made it a single speed. But, I did not want to limit the possibilities so I hunted around and, mananged to find a new rear dropout with a derailleur hanger. It’s now possible to mount a mtb cassette, a derailleur, and shifter to turn it into a multi speed tourer. In fact, I am sending along some used 9-speed Shimano XT gear when I sell it (a cassette, a derailleur, and a trigger shifter). If you wanted to, you could turn it into a fixie with a flip-flop hub by buying a sprocket that bolts on to the disc brake mount. The possibilities are endless!
One of the standout design elements of the bike is the Lefty, single-sided fork. Looks good and works, what more could you ask for!
Changing the front tyre was a breeze, didn’t even have to remove the wheel.
This could be a keeper, but I have to try to remain as much a minimalist as I can so it is for sale. If you want a bike with both attitude and heaps of possibilities, let me know…