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NAHBS 2012 - Sacramento

NAHBS Sacramento

NAHBS Sacramento


For those of you who are into bikes and live under a rock, (or I guess you could just ride and not care much about hand built bikes) the North American Handbuilt Bike Show was this past weekend in our state’s lovely capital of Sacramento. Click on the banner, or here to see the rest of our pics! What a treat to have some of the worlds greatest frame builders all gather and show off their greatest contributions to bicycle design. Tom Ritchey was there, as were Joe Breeze, Steve Potts, Rick Hunter, Ira Ryan, Dave Bohm, Richard Sachs, Soulcraft, Iglis (and Retrotec), Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles, Chris Bishop, Naked Cycles and a whole host of others. Some of the things Mr Chain found most interesting include some of the tooling rarely seen by those not building the frames. Anvil Bike Works was on prominent display, as was Sputnik and a whole host of lug and tube manufacturers. I was a little surprised to only see two fit bikes at the show - we were expecting a few more variations.

Everyone had impressive showings, with our buddy Chris Bishop running away with 3 awards! Big congratulations to him! Other winners include Steve Potts, Ellis Cycles, Shamrock Bicycles and Muse Cycles to name a few. Cherubim also showed off this very unsual piece of bling (even tho its … you know, the North American handbuilt show… were not here here to hate, just appreciate.) It was also nice to be exposed to some up and coming builders including shop friend Megan at Moth Attack and Raphi at Raphael Cycles (SF represent!) Some of my favorite bikes on display were the cargo bikes built by Josh Muir at Francis Cycles. We would have liked to see all of the heavy load and cargo bikes, including this Alcohauler all displayed together. Also being a sucker for front racks, there were quite a few variations, including this one by YiPsan and several hidden Pass and Stow racks.

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We had a blast at the SF Bike Expo

browsin at the bike expo

browsin at the bike expo


We were hanging out at the SF Bike Expo last weekend (if you wernt, why not?!) and we had a great time. We missed the cross race, as many of you did, surely, but we still had a great time. Amongst the gems spotted at the bike fiesta were this totally rad Landshark tandem mountain bike. Whats not to love? The great components on it? (Magura hydraulic rim brakes :D, Kooka tandem cranks and XTR captain seatpost!) There was a nice selection of vintage steel and we were happy to see a new area that allowed some custom frame builders to showcase their work. And personally I would rather see custom bikes more than a fashion show, but to each their own. Also a shout out to Moth Attack! It was nice to see Megan again and check out some of her work. One of the fanciest bikes to see at the show was Ira Ryan’s bike built for the Oregon Manifest race last month. Really nice, clean work and a great attention to detail.

And while Mr Chain has never been the sort of rider to fly through the air off huge ramps, it is always very impressive to see. The final heats were really exciting and we witnessed more than one front flip. Totally bodacious.

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Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Ride This! Watch This!

Ride This! Watch This!


Its September here in San Francsico (and the rest of the world) but its our summertime! And coupled with our wonderful weather comes tons of fun! So if you dont have any weekend plans you do now! On Saturday Niko will be hanging out (read: working hard) at the Bicycle Film Festival block party (Capp St @ 16th) doing some quick, on-the-spot repairs for all you bicycle advocates and film lovers. Come by and say hi before checking out a new film. My guess is it has something to do with a bicycle.

bikes + beer! beer + bikes + beer!

bikes + beer! beer + bikes + beer!


And then as if that wasnt enough for you, or you actually want to put in a few miles, come ride with us out to Fairfax for the 2011 Marin Biketoberfest! There will be plenty of beer and a good representation of what Northern California frame builders have to offer. Also, for you early birds, there will be a few rides-but most of us San Franciscites will probably just ride up there and get our exercise that way. Unfortunately Fairfax native Joe Breeze wont be there - he has to guest judge the Oregon Manifest Race. Gah! I wish I could be there - but oh well. Too many events for one weekend. But for those of you that cant make it to Oregon, meet up with us on Sunday morning and we can all ride to Biketoberfest like one happy family. eMail Sasha (at) CitizenChain.com for details.

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Interbike 2011 - 30th Anniversary

lets do it again!

lets do it again!


Its always exhausting but its always a hoot! The night we arrived the sky was flashing from lightning off in the distance - a precursor of the rain that was on the way. In an unusual turn of events, it poured in Vegas. Our friendly shuttle driver was telling us that whenever it would rain the streets would flood because Vegas’ drainage system its pretty horrible. We continued driving into the ominous skies and arrived at the outdoor demo and we got to test out some pretty awesome machines and we got scars to prove it! Our first run was a little wet, but the weather turned beautiful. A moderate temperature followed the storm and the slightly dampened ground kept the dust a bay. Hooray for us!
Day two started with a bit of a shower as well but once youre in the Sands Convention Center, youd never know it. Pashley had a great booth at the show and were showing off some new product including a stainless steel lugged bike. They are also reviving the GB brand and their presence was apparent on their bikes. Pashley are also starting to expand into fashion and some clothing items. Going by the Santana booth they were displaying a new very promising coupling system. I talked to the guys there and they plan to make them in steel and Ti soon enough. I also had the chance to talk to Brett Horton for a little while about his Shelly Horton bike and about bikes in general. It was way easier to get a good look at this bike than when it was on display at A Ruota Libera. Check out our flickr site for other pics. More still to come!

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Friday, September 16th, 2011 Bike Shows, Custom Builds, Rosebud was a bike! No Comments

A Ruota Libera - post show

A Ruota Libera @ Pizza Napoletana

A Ruota Libera @ Pizza Napoletana


Whowee! Did you manage to squeeze in there?! It sure was croweded! The crowd that amassed on Sunday is a testament to the hard work of all of the exhibitors - but next time, maybe a slightly larger venue. Check out more photos of the event on our flickr stream. There was a great showing of support and the bay area’s best frame builders were in attendance. Hope you had a chance to sneak a peak, or even better yet - had a chance to try the pizza? I didnt. : ( I was hobbling around on crutches and the extra legs combined with the mass of real legs wasnt very conducive to a good time. Also! The Shelly Horton that was built by Bilenky and won Best Lugged Frame at NAHBS 2011 was there - attended to by Mr. Brett Horton himself (purveyor of The Horton Collection).
Co-conspirators: Black Cat Bicycles, Soulcraft, Retrotec & Inglis, Steve Rex, Bruce Gordon, Bilenky and Sycip. Also Matt was there from Pass & Stow sporting some nifty upgrades to his already best-of-the-best front rack.

thats all for now!

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