Another framebuilder anxiously anticipating the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show is Chris Bishop, although from the glimpses we’ve seen, he has the situation in hand. In between coordinating the Show bikes, he managed to build this slender single speed for Martin.
Martin’s custom frame is dripping with the type of details Chris Bishop is well known for. That seat tube cluster, however, is one of the freshest I’ve seen. The attraction of a single speed is it’s pared-back simplicity, which this one has in spades, but that rear end looks like it’s been tapped with the wand of a fairy godmother, adding a glamorous touch without being garish. The components are top-shelf: TRP brakes, Chris King hubs matched by the blacked-out headset and a White Industries drivetrain. Without pedals, the scales are tipped at 14 lb, 13 oz — not bad for a bike that will last a lifetime.
Say hello to Chris at the NAHBS on the 3rd and 4th of March, where he’ll have a slew of amazing bikes on display, including John ‘Prolly‘ Watson’s fillet-brazed road bike. There’s more detail photos of Martin’s single speed on the Bishop Bikes flickr stream.