North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Welcome to our coverage of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show: the story of the Lugs. Hopefully by now you’ve checked out our facial hair coverage but don’t worry, facial hair wasn’t the only thing we snapped pictures of.  The above iconic lugs were from a bike by Independent Fabrications:

It’s refreshing to see racy high end bikes with clearance for fenders.  This trend toward practical, utilitarian bikes was prevalant throughout the entire show whether you were looking for a stylish commuter (here from Cielo Cycles):

. . . or were looking for a bike to carry all of your gear over snow (from Banjo Cycles):

The show was loaded with practical pieces like this Rain Cape (not a poncho) from Brooks, along with (of course) their famous eponymous saddles:

. . . to nearly indestructible (and infinitely colorful) Chris King components (the earlier Cielo bike is actually King’s handmade bike brand):

There were also plenty of bikes there without a great number of practical applications, such as this adult tricycle (complete with Brooks saddle) from Stijl Cycles:

And this bicycle creation from Ground Up Designs (but how can you ignore a bike with a flamethrower):

Practical application certainly isn’t something this next bike is missing, though.  Here’s Ted Wojcik explaining the history of his lawnmower bicycle from the driver’s seat:

Another interesting project is Craig Calfee’s Bamboosero Bikes, which is part handmade bike company and part development project.  Basically, the organization trains individuals in developing nations to design and build an array of bikes (out of the renewable resource of bamboo, of course) for sale both in their home country and in the developed world.  A very cool project that results in some very striking bikes, as you can see here with this cargo bike frame:

But Craig Calfee is not just sold on the merits of bamboo for his Bamboosero project; indeed we were able to talk to Craig himself for a short while, and (beyond any sustainability arguments) he extolled the virtues of the inherent suspension built into a bamboo bike.  He was so excited about these damping properties that he proclaimed that most road bikes (including the pro’s) will have rear suspension in a few years, as the comfort and performance gains will outweigh any losses during sprinting or climbing (you heard it here first).  Our favorite Calfee bamboo model was this stout-looking bicycle  built for 3 (sitting in front of his 23lb “standard” carbon tandem, which won the 2010 NAHBS award for “best tandem”):

Tandem bikes were popular around the show floor, including the touring tandem pictured here, from Bilenky Cycle Works, which was awarded “best road frame” by the show jury:

Even the utilitarian rack got the handmade treatment at the show, from this delicate model by Banjo Cycles:

. . . to this more practical-looking model from Paul Component Engineering:

Speaking of practical, belt drives were also a common sight since they offer a clean and quiet drivetrain for a single-speed or commuter bike (especially when paired with an internally-geared rear hub),  such as on this stainless steel commuter bike from Igleheart Custom Frames:

And as further evidence that these small builders can incorporate the most up-to-date technology with style and panache, we give you the Dura-Ace Di2 battery cozy, from SyCip Bikes:

And finally, we did promise you lugs: from Sylvan Cycles, Bilenky Cycle Works, Clockwork Bikes & Peter Mooney Cycles.

So there you have at, a summary of our whirlwind day at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. We’re already looking forward to the show next year in Austin, Texas.

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