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Bikes are back, and so are the people who make them

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A steel lug of a handmade bicycle frame made by Richard Sachs. (Photo by Jeff Weir)

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A handmade track bike by Richard Sachs. (Photo by Jeff Weir)

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Johnny Coast, of Coast Cycles in New York City, has been making hand-built bicycle frames since 2005. (Photo by Tomas Dinges)

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Johnny Coast, of Coast Cycles in New York City, describes the features of his newest hand-built frame. (Photo by Tomas Dinges)

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Coast Cycles is found at the end of nondescript cul-de-sac in the Bushwick neighborhood of New York City. (Photo by Tomas Dinges)

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Bicycle messengers and their friends congregate on track bikes to watch a race in New York City. (Photo by Jose Martinez)

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Bicycle messengers and their friends congregate on track bikes to watch a race in New York City. (Photo by Jose Martinez)

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A surging interest in hand-made bicycles around the country, some of it generated by a popular urban trend imitating bicycle messengers, has stimulated a century-old bicycle tradition that had faded into obscurity.


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