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NAHBS 2015, Part VII

NAHBS 2015, Part VII

Each year at NAHBS there are a number of bikes displayed that go home empty-handed, bikes of such obvious merit that many attendees question the judgment—if not the sanity—of the judges. In my ...

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

I want to open this post by thanking everyone who pledged during the Freelance Fund. An amazing 76 people contributed—a pretty awesome response. It’s enough that, depending on just how I ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part VI

NAHBS 2015, Part VI

What separates the category award winners from Best in Show is little more than a matter of degrees. While we don’t have a hard and fast rule regarding framesets being ineligible for Best ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part V

NAHBS 2015, Part V

Before I discuss the final set of award winners at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, I want to address a brewing controversy over one of the bikes that was displayed over the weekend. ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part IV

NAHBS 2015, Part IV

My initial post on the category award winners was unfortunately brief due to other demands on my time while serving as Chief Judge for the awards. It’s hard to have two jobs and one day. ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part III

NAHBS 2015, Part III

While official numbers have yet to be released for this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the number of attendees and exhibitors was off from previous locales. Given the winter ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part II

NAHBS 2015, Part II

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 ...

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NAHBS 2015, Part I

NAHBS 2015, Part I

So much of what I’d like to present to you right now I’m not at liberty to share with you. Technically, I’m not under a media embargo, but as the chief judge for the awards, ...

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Building Shimano Di2

Building Shimano Di2

Even though it’s been more than 20 years since I worked full-time as a mechanic, I still try to do as much of my mechanical work on bikes as possible. I do this for a few reasons. The first ...

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Pedaler’s Fork + Argonaut

Pedaler’s Fork + Argonaut

Of the many bedroom communities in the greater LA metropolis, few lie in such close proximity to great riding as does Calabasas. It sits at the edge of the San Fernando Valley, just north of the ...

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