Okay, last post on NAHBS, promise. I’ve got too many great images not to share one final, large-scale image dump. I’ll begin with a shot of one of the usual suspects. Left to right: Erksen’s award-winning welder, Brad Bingham, Moots co-founder Butch Boucher, ti builder Jim Kish, carbon master Mike Lopez, paint meister Joe Bell, and veteran builder Bill Holland.
One of Anvil’s frame jigs—a majority of the of the frames at NAHBS were likely built with one of their jigs.
Paul’s Components has gained a stellar reputation for producing niche components. This duplex brake lever is a great example of why.
Pella Sportswear is the official licensee for the Cinzano brand in cycling clothing. They are producing what appear to be very high-quality wool jerseys and bib shorts.
Despite all the amazing work at NAHBS, every now and then you see something completely avoidable, something that leaves you scratching your head.
The coolest balance bike I’ve seen.
There are plenty of whimsical details in the show. You just have to look.
Darts. Flippin’ darts. Amazing darts on a bike with great lines.
Appleman’s carbon work is impressive. Special points for being a one-man operation. The jack-of-all-trades isn’t as common as it once was.
Bill Holland, Carl Strong, Don Ferris and Mike DeSalvo. That’s nearly 100 years of frame building experience and insight right there.
Mountain bike pioneer Steve Potts.
Chris Bishop didn’t show, but that doesn’t mean he arrived at NAHBS empty handed. He had cash enough for an arms purchase, all of which went to purchasing Japanese castings. Dude knows how to horse trade.
This Peacock Groove bike polo bike was one of my favorite bikes at the show. I swear.
The paint scheme was meant to evoke a watermelon. Think about it. Bike polo. Mallet. Watermelon.
The primer was pink so that pain scratches would reinforce that idea. Best joke at the show. I think the bike should have been named the Gallagher.
In a show full of head tube badges with only small amounts of color (usually inlaid), this white enamel Mosaic was a fresh take.
Engin. I love how the badge evokes a pun on the name—engine.
No one wears Irish pride quite like Shamrock’s Tim O’Donnell. Hardly anyone nails style quite as well, either.
Internally routed cable guides often become these attention-grabbing details rather than understated ways to make a bike work better. I love that the guides on this Shamrock were no bigger than necessary to get the job done.
This S&S-coupled light touring bike lacked only one detail: a boarding pass for Ireland.
Argonaut didn’t produce the only killer carbon fiber gravel bike. This ride from Alchemy was most impressive.
Alchemy continues to lead the way in using die-cut pieces of carbon as decorative elements on their frames.
Hollow dropouts improve the feel of the bike’s rear end.
A blue dye was added to a clear coat to achieve this finish.
Nick Crumpton showed a frame straight out of the mold with no finish work other than a tiny bit of sanding.
His work just gets better and better. It’s a shame this frame wasn’t entered in any awards.
This Kish was yet another great take on a cyclocross bike with range.
But it didn’t take itself too seriously. I’m guessing that Ball jar isn’t meant to carry Skratch Labs.
San Diego veterans Bill Holland and Mike Lopez have teamed up to produce an all-carbon-fiber road bike. It’s a tube and lug design, calling on the expertise of both craftsmen.
The lugs in the bike shown at the show were rapid prototypes, so this bike wasn’t actually rideable, but they shoe the shape and finish quality that the bikes will have.
As is typical of all of Lopez’ and Holland’s work, the dropouts are clean and functional. I like how the port of the Di2 lead points up and leaves plenty of room for installing the wheel.
The flat wishbone seatstay should provide lots of comfort.
The bike should offer plenty of stiffness at the BB.
Keep your eyes open. You never know what you’ll see.
Nick Crumpton and Carl Strong.
This tandem from Bilenky had more couplers than a spider has legs. It was strongly in the running for best tandem. The work required to bend all these tubes must have someone very busy.
Assembly won’t be quick or easy, but it’ll be a stellar vacation machine.
We met the very spunky Andy and Sandi. They are going to have some serious fun.
Matching father and son mountain bikes from SyCip.
These weren’t easy paint schemes to match over two very differently sized bikes.
Ron Andrews of King Cage showed his amazing titanium bottle cages (I’ve got one that is now 16 years old and looks new) as well as a bracket to mount a cage to a stem and handlebar plugs that convert a bar into …
a flask with shot glass.
Till next year.