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!


Some wide riser bars and removal of some of the ugly orange bling and some fat Schwalbe Big Apple tyres helped to make it look the part.

I’ve been riding around for a week and it is a perfect city bike. Fun to ride, robust, nimble and a real attention getter (if you like that sort of thing).

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…