Civilian Bicycle Co. Hustle
Urban fixed-gear bicycles saw a spike in popularity during the later part of the 2000s, with many people converting old ten-speeds or riding purpose-built track bikes on city streets. That was due to a number of things, and yes, one reason for the spike was trendites jumping on a fashion bandwagon. But, these simple single-speed road bicycles are great tools to get you around town or add variety to your training regimen. Because of this, the Hustle is a mainstay in the Civilian line-up.Unlike track bikes, the Hustle has been designed for use on real streets streets and not smooth, high-banked tracks. It sports a 73 degree headangle to give it neutral handling both at speed and while working your way around pedestrians. Pure track bicycles typically have a head angle in the 75 degree range, and unless you're riding above 30mph, these bikes can be a handful. The slacker head angle also greatly reduces the chance of toe overlap on the Hustle. Toe overlap is what happens when the front wheel clips your foot when you're pedaling and turning at the same time. Again, this isn't a problem for race bikes on a velodrome, but if you're riding fixed around town on a track bike, you're bound to clip your foot on the wheel.Because the Hustle is designed for actual city riding, its frame serves as a platform for other Civilian models. This is the most stripped down Civilian, but it's stripped down to precisely what you'll want in a city bike. What gives the Hustle its utilitarian reliability and lively handling is a frame crafted from double-butted high tensile steel tubing. The frame tubes and unique wishbone seatstay, filter shock from road imperfections while efficiently transferring energy from the pedals (both stopping and accelerating).The frame is just a part of the equation that makes the Hustler a competent city companion. It rides on lightweight polished aluminum rims.