NAHBS 2010: Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. Mar 8, 2010

Six-Eleven Bicycles is a small bicycle company owned and operated by Aaron Dykstra in Roanoke, Virginia. Aaron’s company is named after the famed Six-Eleven Locomotive, which was made by Norfolk & Western in Roanoke during the mid-20th century. It only makes sense that Aaron would look to his local town’s engineering vernacular to inspire his submission for the 2010 NAHBS.

Check out more shots of Aaron’s bike below.

The NAHBS encourages builders to innovate their components as well as their bikes. To add to this gorgeous bike, Aaron made some custom ergo bars to display. These are very similar to the ones he raced for a few seasons. One thing to note, and as his post points out, is that these are brazed inserts and not simply wooden infills wrapped in HVAC tape. These bars allow Aaron to maintain a traditional track bend and have an ergo drop; the best of both worlds.

The lugs were exquisite on the Six-Eleven Track Racer.

Giving the bike a modern aesthetic all the while maintaining the artistic intent of the bike.

The custom seat-tube badge mimics that of the famed 611 Locomotive.

What a great typeface and an immaculate paintjob.

Right down to the feather and railroad spike logo.

Here’s a close-up of the heat-tube and top-tube lugwork.

The bike is a fairly square geomery; that’s just the stand giving it the appearance of a low-pro.

The uniquely-shaped top-tube and down-tube, along with the choice of componentry are a sure sign that this is a race bike, not just a wall-hanger.

Aaron standing with the bike that won him the 2010 Shimano NAHBS Rookie of the Year award. Congrats Aaron! The bike is a beaut for sure. If you’re thinking about ordering custom and want to support the smaller builders, be sure to contact Aaron. His work is sure to gain a lot of exposure in the near future.

These photos are also on my Flickr account.

  • knarg

    chain tension fail

  • Richard Masoner

    I was wondering if there were any Virginia builders at the show.

  • Brian

    actually, track racers tend to run a bit of slack in their chain to make up for their frame/bb flexing which tends to mess with the chain line slightly.

  • AD

    Yo thanks for the post Prolls!

    @knarg- naw, the chain tension was intensional. This was built up as a race bike and I personally prefer a little slack on the track. I’ve had plenty of old trackies tell me it’s the only way to run a chain in a race. It’s still a debatable issue though. I’ve seen folks run it tighter and looser and swear by both. But no, not a fail, it’s just my preference…

  • prolly


    Tight chains snap at the track. That chain tension is completely fine.

  • river

    ‘great post and photos cherishin’ Dykstra’s bikes.

  • Chris Berry

    The photos do not begin to do justice to this bike. You have to see it in person to appreciate how gorgeous it really is.

  • Kanon08

    Once you go slack, you don’t go back.