The best and worst of NAHBS in photos

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Being around the industry as long as I have I know a lot of people, many of whom congregate once a year in a different location to look at the fashionshow we call The North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Where artisan framebuilders show off their latest and greatest creations, which are judged and given giant plastic bowling trophies. Fun fun fun with my favorite people. While totally distracted the whole time, talking to old friends and new,I did manage to get a few random shots off which I will now share with you.

See what I mean? First guy I run into walking in the door is this guy. Ted Wojcik, who I have not seen in maybe 20 years. He’s been makin bikes closer to 30. Might have been the first custom builder to work with Dirt Rag. Now he’s working with Fiefield to bring out some E-bikes.

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This happens a lot. Makes it hard to look at bikes sometimes, but thankfully I like people better than bikes. Geoffrey Halaburt is everywhere, we shake hands quite often. He’s here representing maybe the nicest guy in the world, Steve Potts, who I did not get a photo of because we were busy talking about life and family.

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Then there’s this guy. Contrary to popular belief, and the sentiment of this photo, I do have a lot of respect for Zap despite him having bigger holes in his ears than I do. As you can see, the feeling is mutual.

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OK, Bikes. Black Sheep brought some amazing creations as usual, and while awesome, I couldn’t help but just zoom in on this rad head badge by Jen Green.

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Another cool Titanium purveyor is Moonmen. I was fortunate enough to ride with these guys and try these bars, they fell right into my hands and I want to get a hold of a pair for myself.

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Back to humans. Here’s the boss of the show, Don Walker. I don’t care what anyone says about Don, I have a metric ass-ton of respect for him and what he’s done for our community. Be thankful.

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Sometimes bike porn comes in the ogling of a bare frame. Here Jeff Archer of MOMBAT checks out the work of DiNucci Cycle’s best lugs winning frame. Perfection!

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Another one of my favorite people, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove. Note that Shimano provided a bunch of their STePS electric drivetrains for builders to have at it. Each found a different way to attach the STePS unit to the frame.

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Here’s another example from Sycip.

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Yes, there were many E-bikes, and many fatbikes. On the other side of the spectrum was this carbon fiber something. The Signorina from Abbott Cycles takes the objectification of women to a new level. Definetly sucks that this is how women are represented here. Especially since this object was one of about 10 women I saw at the whole show.

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Subtle. Which leads me to this human down the aisle. Look! A living! Female! Framebuilder! Yes, they do exist. Her name is Julie Ann Pedalino and she’s from Lenexa, Kansas and she’s just getting started in this building thing and I’d sure like to see a lot more real women at shows like this and less old boy network. Fer sure (Ok there was Cayley Baird at The Rille booth and Karen Brooks journalizing and Anna Schwinn and Kristen Legan but I am not going to run out of fingers any time soon).

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Here’s something from Rody over at Groovy Cycle Works. Another one of his bikes won best of show, but I am all about funk, so take a look at this.

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Ok, so here’s one more gift. For Sarah Prater’s wedding. This Shamrock Cycles cross bike was hand painted by Kate Oberreich with 585 individual paper airplanes representing the 585 days of Sarah and Josh’s courtship. Now if that ain’t love.

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Well that’s all I have for today, hope you got some enjoyment looking here. There’s plenty of bike porn out the on the web, so feel free to look some up. NAHBS was awesome as usual, it really is the best this bike business has, and I’m glad I was there. Next year, Sacramento, CA! Oh wait, I have one more geezer pic….

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First Impression: Rivendell Hunqapillar

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What am I looking for in my next bike? I’m sticking with steel. May as well be beautiful lugged steel. Carrying things has become very important to me, as well as a solid ride. And I want to run as fat a tire as possible, with or with out fenders. I want to hit the dirt. And trails. And I want to tour. I’m a big one and I want a bike that fits. This Rivendell Hunqapillar could be the next big thing for me.

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Check out the head badge. Formidable, like the Wooley Mammouth represented on it.

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A Bullmoose Bosco bar. I’ve wanted a bullmoose bar since Nineteen-Eighty-Something, and now I am riding one. Yes it is overbuilt.

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The Hunqapillar is big. And the 58 and 62cm sizes have an extra “Diagatube” tube for strength and stiffness and gawk factor. And it is made in America.

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I will not be afraid of dirt with clearance for 58mm tires. Plenty of braze-ons, too.

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Did I say it was a wooley mammoth of a bicycle?

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Here’s a view of the Bullmoose Bosco Bar. Plenty of places to mount lights and stuff. But the rise might be too much for even me. We shall see after I establish where the shift levers are going to go. I might move them lower or flip them right-side-up so I can get a hand position choices.

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You like lugs? The Hunqapillar has more lugs. Bonus lugs! And gorgeous paint! Plus Shimano cantilevers and 2-inch Schwalbe Big Ben tires and a sweet fork crown.

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Beautiful.

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A Hunqapillar frame will set you back $2,000. Given steel’s longevity and repairability, this bike should be around a long time. The Standard build kit runs $1,340.

Here’s a standard build includes. All stuff that will function a long time.

  • Cromo Albatross Handlebar
  • Nitto Tallux 11cm Stem
  • Shimano MTB brake levers
  • Miesha’s Portuguese Cork Grips
  • Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed bar end shifters
  • Tektro CR720 Cantis
  • Sugino XD2 172.5mm Crank
  • Velocity made 36h Wheelset
  • Schwalbe Marathon 700×50 Tires (x2)
  • Tubes (x2)
  • Shimano Claris Triple Front Derailer
  • Shimano Deore Rear Derailer
  • Tange or Shimano cartridge bottom bracket
  • Tange or FSA headset (our choice depending on availability)
  • 9sp 11-34 cassette
  • 9sp Chain

Not included in the kit, so you choose your own:

  • Saddle
  • Seat post (Recommended: Nitto Crystal Fellow)
  • Pedals
  • Racks
  • Fenders
  • Fender Installation Labor (if applicable)

 

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