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I Spent Some Time At The 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

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Entry Pass - Saturday

Pic By Lucas

Las Vegas has Interbike – in Texas, we have NAHBS.

This year I made the effort to actually attend. Not having ever been to this event, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess I was envisioning a a few tables, each with a couple of really beautiful, well crafted bikes. The crowd would consist of a few diehard bike enthusiasts – all experts (or at least relatively knowledgeable) in custom bikes and niche brands. Not having much experience in this custom bike world, I felt like I would be out of my element at this show.

Surprisingly, it was nothing like this. In fact, it felt like this event was more of a ‘bike show’ rather than a ‘handmade bicycle show.’ Sure there were plenty of fantastic handmade bike builders displaying their awesome bikes, but there were also lots of other bike related vendors as well.  There were booths from several bicycle magazines, some bike services, many different component vendors, raw material suppliers, messenger bag & pannier designers along with plenty of clothing companies.

I got to see some fantastic wheels crafted from wood by Wheel Fanatyk, prototype pedals from VP Components, a 36er from Black Sheep, a variety of insane components from Brooks, Chris King and PAUL as well as the latest styles from Apres Velo and Twin Six – and that was just to name a few. I picked up tons of swag, including stuff from Bicycle Times Magazine and a autographed Mike And The Bike book for my son. Even United Bicycle Institute had a booth.

The crowd was amazing too. There were enthusiasts from all over the country, with different levels of bike interest – all there to enjoy this well organized event. There was also a surprise siting of Gary Fisher.

Let’s not forget about all the amazing bikes. Built in every material from titanium to bamboo, in every shape from folders to tandems, road to mountain, from individual frame builders to bigger bike distributors, there were more bikes than I could have imagined. My only regret was that I couldn’t spend the entire three days of the event to truly explore each builder’s products. Quite honestly, I’m not sure if three days would have been enough. There were a few brands that I personally found interesting and will follow up with a more detailed review on a later post.

Until then, click here to view my gallery of pics from the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.


Bikes From Yipsan


Bikes From Signal

Bicycle Times

Bicycle Times Magazine


Bikes From Dinucci

Chris King

Components By Chris King

Black Cat

Bike From Black Cat


Lots of Brooks Saddles


Bamboo Bikes From Panda

Written by dickdavid

February 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

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  1. Wow, some beautiful bikes there. What a treat to see them all. Now I can’t wait for the custom show in San Diego.


    February 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm

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  3. A green Brooks saddle just seems WRONG. That Black Cat is sweet, and the way they keep it standing up is also unique.

    Steve A

    February 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  4. What a great looking show – thanks for sharing this and your super photos with us.


    Trevor Woodford

    March 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

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