Category Archives: track bike
NYC Stand Strong

… thanks to Terry for making these videos, which beautifully capture this beautiful city.

Dec 11, 2017 7 comments
Two Unique Bicycles from Woodstock Cycleworks

How a shop uses their retail floor and what they display there says a lot about their business model. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that most shops reserve the floor for items which are for sale and they’ll hang or display specialty, not-for-sale items outside of the consumable area. Well, that’s not the case at Cape Town, South Africa’s Woodstock Cycleworks. Nils and his team are literally swimming in bikes, both complete and in framesets. As we saw in our Shop Visit, the space is made by the bikes, not vice versa. Some shops’ spaces are made for the bikes. Here, you move throughout a myriad of frames, museum pieces and yes, items for sale.

After an initial walkthrough, two bikes that really resonated with me were these: a Hansom Track and a strange, BMX designed to incorporate a shovel. One is what many would consider a pristine example of a South African frame and the other, well, I dunno what it’s purpose is or was.

The BMX

Nils, or perhaps it was someone else, discovered this bike in a dumpster, outside a school. It seems it was a project of a student and aside from its obvious metaphor of working on bike trails with a shovel, it serves no current purpose at the shop, other than to cause inquiries by people like me.

Hansom Track R5000

Hansom is one of the most distinguishable South African builders and in his day as a builder, Gotty Hansom built a number of road and track bikes from Tange, Reynolds and Columbus tubing. This bike, in particular, was made from 531 and sports some very tight clearances. Currently, it’s listed on Woodstock’s for sale page

Oct 20, 2017 2 comments
Alberto Masi and the Vigorelli Velodrome – Brian Vernor

Alberto Masi and the Vigorelli Velodrome
Photos and words by Brian Vernor.

The Red Hook Crit is in Milan for the final race of the 2017 championship series. This race exceeds expectation every year I go. This year we once again had a private pre-race track day at the legendary Vigorelli Velodrome. In the velodrome itself is Alberto Masi’s frame shop, which I visited with many other racers and fans. His crew brought out some vintage bikes and dernies to run on the track. It was an amazing day blending cutting edge contemporary racing with the timeless spirit of Italian Cycling. Much thanks to Trimble Racing and the Red Hook Crit. Now, to the races…

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Oct 19, 2017 11 comments
Dead Cyclists Society: Simone

To celebrate his 30th birthday, Dead Cyclists Society decided to capture on film one of its founders and cornerstones, Simone Sandri. Happy Birthday!

Oct 5, 2017 Comments are OFF
Weis Manufacturing: Made in Brooklyn Track Frames

Available in either Columbus Zona 4130 alloy steel or 7005 aerospace aluminum alloy tubing, the Weis Hammer Track is a race-tested machine, fit for the velodrome, alleycats or track crits. These framesets feature an asymmetrical rear triangle with the extra stiff, proprietary designed Speed Stay driveside chainstay, ensuring direct power transfer from the pedals to the pavement. Pricing starts at $1250.00 for the Steel Frameset and the Aluminum Frameset comes in at $1450.00. Check out more information at Weis.

Sep 28, 2017 10 comments
Is A Speedvagen Track Bike Ready Made in the Works?


Photo by Bob Huff

It seems like the Vanilla Workshop might bring back the Speedvagen Track bikes in their Ready Made program. I know the track bike’s heyday might be waning but surely people would race these at events like the Red Hook Crit or their local velodrome. See more at Vanilla and if you’re interested in a Ready Made track frame, email them with the subject line “track machine.”

Sep 11, 2017 4 comments