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Saturday CrowdNAHBS crowd on Saturday.
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Shamrock CyclesWinner: Best City Bike
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Who is this? Please help!
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SyCip Designs Inc.
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University of the Fraser Valley (Paul Brodie)Winner: People's Choice Award
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Muse CyclesWinner: Best City Bike
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Muse Cycles in detailWinner: Best City Bike
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Naked BicyclesWinner: Best Mountain Bike and First Place Gates Belt Drive Design Contest
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Mark Dawson - MarkDawsonStudio.com
Cherubim by Shin-ichi KonnoPresidents Choice and Best in Show Winner at NAHBS 2012.
The eighth annual North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) was held in Sacramento, California this past March 2-4, and true to NAHBS form, this year’s show outdid the last. Attendance was at an all time high of 8,100 (over 7,300 from Austin, TX in 2011). The line up was around the door Saturday morning as people waited patiently to get in to feast on this year’s display of drool inducing creations (ur, I mean bicycles, and I’m no bike geek!).
Walking around the show floor (171 exhibitors in total) I counted at least 40+ city bikes with racks, upright riding positions, swept back handlebars, internal hubs and dynamo lights, kickstands, bells, chain guards and very pretty colors. According to bicycle collector Brett Horton, this was the category to be excited about as there are so many great details that a builder can add to make a city bike unique and yet at the same time, extremely functional.
Gates Belt Drive, a new sponsor of NAHBS this year, awarded prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best belt drive bicycles, helping to spark a rise of interest in builders to use this chainless drive train technology. (no bike grease!)
Also bringing fun to the show floor was another new sponsor, Oskar Blues Brewery, who sparked show goers interest in Happy Hour. And not just about beer, Oskar Blue’s display included their new handmade mountain bikes called “Reeb” (beer spelled backwards.) Ha ha! Awesome.
And as always, the winners were announced both Saturday and Sunday afternoon by Don Walker that included:
BEST OF SHOW Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno
PRESIDENT'S CHOICE Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno
BEST CITY BIKE Ira Ryan Cycles
BEST CITY BIKE Muse Cycles
BEST CITY BIKE Shamrock Cycles
PEOPLES' CHOICE University of the Fraser Valley (built by Paul Brodie, founder of Brodie Bicycles)
And yet again, Sam Whittingham of Naked Bicycles did not disappoint. If you don’t know Sam, he’s from Quadra Island, BC, has several world records for Human Power Races, he’s a long time friend and supporter of Momentum’s and oh, Lance Armstrong bought one of Sam’s bikes after the Portland NAHBS in 2008. Not only did he take home the award for best Gates Belt Drive Bike and Best Mountain Bike (this was the 6th and 7th NAHBS awards in the past five years), but he also (again) brought a fresh idea to the show with his booth display: two bicycles that were dirty because he had ridden them with his booth mate to the show from Oregon to Sacramento! His backdrop was made up of photos from their ride that he had printed the day before at Kinko’s. When I asked him about this year’s bikes and booth display he shrugged and smirked in his charming Sam way and told me, "hey, bikes are for riding after all."
The 2013 NAHBS is scheduled for 22-24 February in Denver, Colorado.