NAHBS Highlights

By now you’ve seen plenty of images from this past weekend’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show. There were some very deserving award winners. In the interest of not contributing to overkill we wanted to include a few shots from bikes that really caught our eye and maybe didn’t get much airtime.

This lugged carbon and steel (correction: titanium) creation from Alchemy featured rounded points on the lugs to prevent stress risers from occurring at the ends of the points that could damage the carbon tubes.

Hetchins lug work, even after all these years, is still a marvel to look at. 

Herbie Helm is relatively unknown, but this wishbone seatstay cluster with rack mount, cable guide and hand cut lugs was one of our faves.

While many builders are going minimal with downtube cable guides, Helm’s were unusual for their prominence and beauty.

One of Sacha White’s great talents as a builder is his vision of bikes the have both a beautiful aesthetic and unsurpassed functionality.

Bikes aimed at the randonneur crowd continue to increase in both popularity and prominence. This gorgeous rack, fender and fork design is by Tom Kellogg at Spectrum.

Richie Moore is an alum of Litespeed and he shares the Tennessee company’s penchant for tubing with interesting shapes. His new venture is called Cysco, after his home town of Cisco, Georgia.

Special thanks to special correspondent Touriste-Routier for the images.

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  1. Andrew

    The Helm bike looks nice and I like the attention to detail in the seat cluster, but those DT cable stops look like they were made to stab kneecaps.

  2. Touriste-Routier

    The stops aren’t as wide as they look in the photo; they curve down as well. I asked Mr. Helm about this design; he wanted to do something different, and wanted to eliminate cable slap.

    This frame was on display in the new builders corner. It was one of my favorites of the entire show.

    1. Author

      Mweiler: Yeah, saw that, too, but I thought the greater number of points on the Alchemy just made for a more attractive presentation.

  3. Jim Freeman

    Is that the same Tom Kellogg who raced at Trexlertown decades ago when we were both young? I hope so! His frames were great racing platforms at the time. 🙂

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