A Quick NAHBS 2015 Review

This past weekend the North American Handmade Bicycle Shows (NAHBS – pronounced “nabs”) was held in Louisville, KY. NAHBS is an annual event that is held in a different city each year where framebuilders and component, accessory and apparel manufacturers show off some of their latest creations and innovations. This year was the first time I was able to attend NAHBS, after first hearing about it several years ago, and I had a blast.

There were bikes made of all sorts of materials (steel, carbon, titanium, wood, bamboo) built for just about every purpose (road, mountain, cyclocross, track, randonneur, gravel grinder, kids’ push bike, cargo, tandem, fat bike, etc.) and they were all handmade with the unique style of each builder. Prototype components, one-of-a-kind bikes, highly detailed paint jobs and fancy lug work were just some of the things found at every booth.

There was a little bit of everything and a lot of somethings so it’s difficult to keep this post short and sweet, but here are 10 of my favorite bikes at this year’s show (in alphabetical order by company name):

Alchemy Bicycle Company

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Full carbon gravel bike with integrated carbon fenders.

Bilenky Cycle Works

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Randonneur w/ S&S couplers so it can travel easily.  It reminded me of my bike, albeit a little fancier, and I loved it.

Cherubim

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Beautiful lugged steel track bike with an incredible attention to detail, as usual for Cherubim.

Connor Wood Bicycles

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A tribute to the Louisville Slugger, made with wood from their factory and it had a saddle that was made from baseball glove leather.  I love baseball and bikes so this was right up my alley.

Della Santa Cycles

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Lugged steel from a respected builder that has been in the game since the ’70s.

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Close-up of the chainstays to show the holes!

Fat Chance Bicycles

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Back from the dead, Fat Chance’s updated Yo Eddy! featuring new carbon rims from WTB.

Futa-Q

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Odd-looking ti bike from a company that is not a bicycle building company.  All bends are welded segments, not actual bends in the tubing.

Holland Cycles

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Very cool ti-carbon matrix tubes.

Quiring Cycles

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Titanium and carbon fat bike that they claimed weighs only 21 lbs! I didn’t have a scale, but it was definitely light.

Shamrock Cycles

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Fillet brazed road bike that required 80 hours of tape and mask time for their Mondrian theme.

Yes, I am a sucker for steel.  For more photos of bikes made with other materials and more about the prototypes seen at NAHBS 2015, check out the articles on Bike Rumor or google around a bit.

Here’s a list of the NAHBS 2015 Award Winners with photos.

-Nelson (guest blogger)

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About Josh Bolick

Josh Bolick works at Florida State University Libraries in the Office of Scholarly Communication.
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