NAHBS 2012 – Gallus, M.A.P. and Don Walker Cycles
Gallus Cycles caught a lot of eyes with their ghost white fixie thanks to its flip-flop rear hub built around the Gates Belt Drive system. The narrow bars, shiny Paul Components brake and matching white grips and tires didn’t hurt either. But there was more to their booth than this city slicker.
Don Walker had his usual cyclocross collection and some odd bits. He even classed up the joint with his merch, but what would you expect from the man that puts on the largest handmade bicycle show in the world (they broke attendance records this year, and next year’s in Denver…should be huge!). And M.A.P. Bicycles had a very retro airplane motif going with their steel commuter cruiser. Click through to see it all…
Nice lug work and shiny tubes on this coupled frame.
A very retro looking 650B mountain bike finished off their booth.
M.A.P. Bicycles’ showcase bike was this brazed steel commuter, complete with massive, deep fenders and a giant hand built front rack.
The E3 lights are a popular item among the NAHBS exhibitors, but it’s how they’re integrated that really shows off the creativity.
Builder Mitch Pryor also had a road and touring bike on display.
The road bike fork’s crown had many passersby doing a double take. Check the detail on the lug inside the leg as well as the painted relief section at the crown.
Don Walker unveiled his prototype disc brake-equipped cylocross bike. It’s a new option available with any order and framesets start at $2,200 depending on forks. Custom steel is an option, or you can get disc forks from Wound Up, Whisky, Ritchey or ENVE. Headtube can be whatever size you want, too.
This Thomson stem was drilled out by JC Breslin, one of his sponsored racers. He put it in a drill press and says he’s run it for a couple seasons with no issues.
A 650C wheel road bike for smaller riders.
This is a retro homage to mid-50’s stayer bike built with period components. The event is where you’re paced up to 60-70mph by a motorcycle on a track. Layout let’s the cyclist ride super close to the motorcyclist to maximize the draft advantages.
Most bikes are fille brazed, but he does do a few lugged bikes, too. He also does shirts and custom head badges: