This afternoon at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show we announced the category award winners, with a few exceptions. This post will be brief and I’ll do a followup that will go into more detail on why each bike won its respective category.
Due to a lack of entrants, we did not award Best Fillet this year. Initially, we also thought we didn’t have enough entrants for Best Layup. We received only one entrant but after walking the floor we realized that there were at least two other possible entrants and we will be judging that award Sunday morning.
The lead image to the post is of the tandem from Black Sheep Cycles that won Best Tandem. This is a travel tandem that had a lot going on.
Best Lugged construction went to Mark Dinucci for this bike with ridged fillets added to the lugs.
Best Welding went to Kent Ericksen Cycles and their welder Brad Bingham for this tandem in which we couldn’t find a single flawed weld.
Best Mountain Bike went to Curtis Inglis for this Retrotec fat bike.
A company new to me, Repete, from the Czech Republic, won Best Road Bike, with this steel bike.
Best Cyclocross Bike went to No. 22, the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Serotta with this stunner.
Best City/Utility Bike went to Paul Brodie of the University of Fraser Valley.
Jeremy SyCip won Best Experimental with this mountain bike built around the Shimano Steps e-assist.
Best Finish went to Shamrock Cycles for this Piet Mondrian-inspired paint job by Corby Concepts.
New for this year was an award Don Walker instituted called the Artisan Award. The idea was that this would go to a bike where as much of the fabrication of the bike was in-house as possible. The Danish company Cykelmageren took this one going away from the field.