Today’s Bike Of The Day is an classic 1982-83 Hutch Pro Racer sent in by Aaron Smith! This bike is so clean and that chrome/gold color combo always looks fresh! I absolutely love Aaron’s the inspiration for this build, what a great tribute! Be sure to give this bike a rating via the sliders below for the Bike Of The Month and Bike Of The Year charts.
This bike was built as a tribute to my best friend, Lee Turner, who passed away too young when he was in his 20’s. Lee was one of the neighborhood “BMX pack” that I hung out with back in the early 80’s. He raced a Hutch Pro Racer, so when I found this frame I grabbed it up because I had been wanting to build one up as a memorial to him and present it to his family.
I looked at doing a full era-correct restoration, but the cost of vintage components is insanely high. I also wanted this to be ridden, not displayed. I chose components that would be fit to take out to any track and ride hard. I did choose to use several parts that Lee ran on his Hutch and stuck to the chrome/gold/black that he liked. The one-piece cranks, original Bullseye hubs, DiaCompe brakes, Kashimax Aero seat, and DX pedals (Haro clones) were all on his race bike BITD and I wanted to keep those the same.
To personalize it, I created a set of decals using silhouettes from some action shots I had taken of him at the track back when I was 14 or so. Those went onto the head tube and number plate. I also created the gold/black Hutch decals on the downtube.
I’ll be giving this bike to his younger brother next month to keep until the grandsons that Lee never met are old enough to race it.~Aaron Smith
Frame – 82-83 Hutch Pro Racer
Forks – Mystery Meat. Seriously, no idea, but they’re well made.
Handlebars – S&M Race XLT 8”
Stem – Profile Wedge
Grips – ODI Vans
Bar ends – ODI
Headset – Tange MX320
Bottom bracket – Tange BB-220SB Sealed
Cranks – Black Ops One-piece 175mm
Pedals – Spank Oozy Trail
Spider – Chopsaw
Chainring – Chopsaw 44t
Chain – Izumi IGH Tough Series
Pedals – Haro Fusion (DX Clones)
Brakes – Diacompe 883
Brake Lever – Diacompe MX2
Brake Cable – MCS
Seatpost – Wild Child
Seat clamp – Promax QR-1
Seat – Kashimax Aero
Chain Tensioners – Tangent Torque Converter
Hubs – OG Bullseye
Rims – Sun Envy
Spokes – Black stainless
Chain – Shadow Conspiracy Interlock V2 Race
Freewheel – Box Buzz 16t
Tires – Vee Speedster Skinwall
Pads – Flite
Plate – Box Two Pro
Misc 1 – Box Stem Lock
Misc 2 – Cheesy gold 8-ball valve caps
Misc 3 – Yokozuna cable end
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