When I first moved to Philly in 05,' I was amazed how many people rode track bikes. In Seattle riding track bikes for work was considered dumb, crazy or just plain stupid mainly because of the steep wet hills.
After a year or so working as a messenger and seeing people build up, flip, sell and trade their track bikes, I decided to document some of the bikes that messengers were working on at the time.
With the introduction recently of colors for track components some people went funky, while others kept it classy. Some rode clip less, a lot rode with cages and straps, and the "crazy" rode bmx flats.
With Trexeltown Velodrome near by Philly has a deep rooted history of buying track bikes at the bi annual bike swaps and using them for work bikes.
I forgot some of these guys names as its been 5 years since I've seen them, if you see your bike and I didn't mention your name please message me and I'll put it up.
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http://www.myspace.com/manifestbikepaint Take the time to check Santana's work out!
During this time I started to work under one of the best mechanics I have come across. Over time and through multiple "beatings" grew an everlasting friendship. This is a bike that Bryan built at Bicycle Revolutions http://www.bicyclerevolutions.com/
Back then most people thought it was stupid to do tricks on a track bike. While it might have
been, it sure was a lot of fun. It was also awesome to have a great mechanic and old school messenger shaking his fist at me because I was breaking a lot of track parts along the way!
If your in Philly, please check out Bicycle Revolutions!