Rick Hunter’s Trusty Rusty Singlespeed Cruiser

Bumping into Rick Hunter in Santa Cruz, you never know what you’re going to get. In terms of his bike anyway. You’ll always get a smile, a handshake, an offer of a beer or a piece of fruit. Rick’s full of surprises and sometimes, that means he’s riding a beast you’ve never seen before. One made from steel, in his shop, where he painstakingly hand mitered the tubes and milled out random bits of hardware. This rusty singlespeed cruiser has been around the block over the years, first being handed off to Cameron Falconer and eventually it rolled back into Rick’s possession where he recently just rebuilt new wheels for it.

Hiunter Cycles Bushmaster

Rick Hunter's Rusty Singlespeed Cruiser

It looks like a hunk of metal from afar, but upon further inspection you can really see the thoughtfulness that went into its design. My first thoughts were how even though this was one of Rick’s early bikes, it still looks strikingly similar to the Bushmaster we saw last year around this time. Ok, maybe it’s not that similar, but the lines of these two bikes are undeniably a Hunter Cycles creation.

Thanks for the nectarine and chats Rick! See ya again soon.

Edit: the gallery is fixed. Sorry about that!

  • earle.b

    Love the real deal patina, no faux paint job here.

  • wonderful!

  • dancakes

    this bike is just so effing unstoppably cool

  • Bluejaystr

    This thing is begging to the trashed!

  • Brian Richard Walbergh

    Coolest featured bike this year?

  • mr. apodaca APODACA

    that’s just rad

  • rick hunter

    Super cool to see those 2 bikes side by side and 20 years apart. Thanks John .. I called the rusty bike ” Swamper ” which became the name of other curvy tubed single-speeds that I built .

  • Smithhammer

    It looks like a hunk of metal from afar, but upon further inspection you
    can really see the thoughtfulness that went into its design.

    Indeed. There are klunkers and junkers, and god bless ’em, but this bike is somehow a cut above. There is such a refreshing simplicity, combined with real functionality, that it is my vote for favorite bike of the year on this site. Let’s get back to riding fun, functional bikes and keep the techno-fetish in check.

  • prestonspringer

    cool story…next

  • Tim Guarente

    Those chainstays are bitchin!

  • John Caletti

    Rick is a genius.

  • Greg Biché

    YES!!!

  • moe

    Is this a Nitto MX-3 with custom routing for the brake?
    My Stumpjumper has a similar silhouette… love it!

  • Benjamin Hawkins

    Rick Hunter is an asshole who skips orders on people who have put down deposits and wait 3 years and then he just punks you out like a little bitch and wont make the bike you patiently waited for, FUCK YOU RICK!