Back in the late 1990s, Aaron Dykstra was a self-described “severely ADD” bike and skater punk who got kicked out of two private Christian schools in Roanoke for being a smart aleck.
Now, from a small basement studio on Campbell Avenue, Dykstra, 27, is wowing the custom bicycle world. His prize-winning handcrafted frames are bringing in orders from across the country and overseas.
For two years running, Dykstra has won big honors at the North American Handmade Bike Show, pretty much the Woodstock of the custom bike industry.
In 2010, at the show in Richmond, he took Rookie of the Year. This year, at the show in Austin, Texas, he walked away with the award for Best Track Frame.