“Every now and then I come across a part that makes me want to create a bike around it. It’s a round about way to do things, but it works for me.”
^Man, I think that’s every one of us. I remember holding onto a red-ano Chris King headset for 4 years in high school with no bike to put it on…until I moved to Burlington and traded it with a friend (still never installed). I always had plans of building a badass all-black townie with only a red King headset. Well, that never happened but the thought still lingers…
Anyway, the Soma Cafe Racer handlebar inspired the folks at Independent Fabrications in the same way, except they actually followed through with a build (3rd photo below). This recent belt-driven fixed gear was another example of a just that; a bike built around a single component. In this case, a limited pink Gates Carbon Belt helped this belt driven fixed gear come to life.