Here are a few photos of my bike. I use it as a commuter, errand-runner, bar-hopper, roller racer, and general around-town bike. I built this bike out of odds and ends I had lying around in my shop, so it has a kind of a thrown together/recycled feel to it. It’s a mid-80’s Panasonic track frame with a Schwinn straight-blade aluminum fork, 70’s Campy head set, Ultegra bottom bracket and crankset, 53T chainring and 18T cog. I built the wheels with Mavic hoops laced an old XT MB hub in the front and a Shimano 3-speed coaster brake rear hub salvaged from a thrift store 60’s mixte. The shifter is a 60’s 3-speed grip shift and the bars are VO Porteurs from Velo Orange. I stripped the frame, painted the lugs and bottom bracket shell shiny black, and then covered all the tubing in wood-grained shelf liner paper. It’s a real head-turner and most other cyclists don’t know what to make of it until they get up close and give it a good once-over. Is it a fixie? A one speed with a coaster brake? The lack of brake calipers, brake lines, and hand levers gives it a clean look, but the cable running from the shifter throws folks off. People are constantly asking me if I made it myself and pinging their fingers against the tubing to see if it’s really wood!
[You had me there for a minute with the shelf paper. —ed.]