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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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The Bikes of SF

The Bikes of SF

The Bikes of SF


My friend recently showed me this cute little poster illustrating the varying bikes that most of us in SF witness on a daily basis. A clever little poster designed by a girl named Tor (awesome!) pretty much covers it. The only one we’re a little confused about is the Haight. But we’re forgiving people and we are willing to overlook that. Check out her Flickr stream here where she has some swell shots. Check out the full poster here and if youre interested in purchasing a copy - click here to support your local artisan.

Checking out her photo stream also lead us to this awesome gallery of bike posters! Noteworthy: Bike!Bike!, Stalen Ros 2008, City to Shore (for use of the Rudge chainring), and Van Megoldas.

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