While I was messing around with the site transfer over the weekend, record crowds were attending the 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Based on the blog and Twitter activity throughout the show, it sounds like those in attendance had a great time. The NAHBS website has a new post with all of the “Best of Show” winners. Many of the picks were not huge surprises; Richard Sachs for best track bike, Crumpton for best carbon fiber, and Kent Erikson for best titanium just to name a few. One that I didn’t expect (but was happy to see) was Bilenky Cycle Works winning the “best road frame” category with a tandem. Not just any tandem, but “an old French style tandem, using modern geometry and updated components” as the description points out. The Bilenky tandem is shown at the top, but make sure you scroll down the post and take a look at all of the winners. Shinichi Konno’s Cherubim toward the bottom of the post is worth a mention. Take a look at the detail shot of the brake levers on that bike at VeloNews.
The sources that I mentioned in my post Friday came through with some great show coverage. UrbanVelo posted some really nice photos from all three days of the show (day 1, day 2, and day 3). Cyclelicious posted quite a few photos and features as well. Arleigh, aka Bike Shop Girl, also posted some good shots here and here at Commute by Bike. She has even more photos in her NAHBS Flickr set… and don’t miss her videos and photos on Versus including this interview with Sacha White of Vanilla.
I don’t want to overload you with pictures, but Dirt Rag had some really good daily photo coverage as well, featuring some nice detail shots. Check out their galleries from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Speaking of detail shots, also take a look at these photos from Richmond’s RVA News. John Murden, from RVA News, has even more from the show in his Flickr set.
BikeRumor already has posted quite a few photos and observations from the show. Their photo of a blue mixte cruiser belonging to the daughter of Vanilla’s Sacha White is featured at the top of this post. I expect to see more NAHBS posts from them as the week progresses, so keep checking back. One of their posts from yesterday features an Ellis Cycles Shimano’s Di2 equipped road bike with very nice internal wiring and cable management details. More on Di2 bikes at the show from BikeRadar.
After looking through all of the pictures from NAHBS, it is impossible to pick a favorite. I really liked the little Vanilla cruiser that I just mentioned, but maybe that is because I have been looking at bikes for my daughter lately. Though a completely different style, the clean-looking Speedvagen track bike from Vanilla, and painted by Dario Pegoretti, really appeal to me as well (I love the graphic treatment). Other bikes, like this Groovy 29er, the wooden Sylvan, the retro Cielo and ANT bikes, and the Banjo Cycles longtail got my attention as I scrolled through photos. I could go on listing bikes, but I would rather here from some of you. What were some of your favorite bikes at the show this year?