With their simple design and minimal components, track bikes are one of the purest ways to show off the craftsmanship that is supposed to be the focus of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS).
There’s little to distract from the frame that builders put so much effort and skill into creating, letting the frame take center stage. That, and some wild paint jobs, given the fixie community’s tendency to lean towards the fringes of the sport.
Weis Manufacturing – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Weis had a couple track bikes on display in its booth, including the asymetric stays of this Hammer track bike
Weis' Hammer mixed a raw finish with detailed black and white graphics
The Brooklyn, N.Y. brand also had this left-side-drive track bike in its booth
Weis Hammer ISP
Gaulzetti – Chelsea, Massachusetts
Gaulzetti's Mama Duck track bike was hard to ignore even on the busy show floor
The gold Diamondring chainring from Raketa was almost subtle next to the colourful paint scheme
Matching floor pumps seems to be a thing at NAHBS in 2019
BTCHN’ Bikes – Chico, California
BTCHN' Bikes has a brightly coloured single speed cross bike in its both on new builder row
Not strictly a fixed gear, but single speed cyclocross and fixie riders have a solid crossover
Favaloro – Polpenazze del Garda, Italy
Michele Favaloro has been producing hand made aluminum and carbon frames in Italy for 25 years, like this aluminum track bike.
Squid Bikes – Sacramento California
Sacramento locals Squid Bikes have build a reputation on wild, rattle can custom paint schemes. This fixed gear cross bike sticks with that theme, matching its paint to the spray painted booth wall behind it. With a bike on display at NAHBS, tracklocross is a thing, now. Because riding fixed gear and racing cycloross weren’t both hard enough on their own..