NAHBS Adds New Awards Categories for 2013, Gates Puts Up Cash

Bicycle makers will have two new categories to consider as they wrap up their bikes for the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Come February, judges will also have to decide on the best Theme Bike and the best Utility Bicycle. For Theme Bikes, the builder will have to describe the concept they’re portraying as part of the build. Click past the break to see the full list of categories for which awards are given.

Meanwhile, Gates has posted a $11,250 pot for builders making the best belt driven bicycle. That’s considerably more than for the 2012 show. The Gates Carbon Drive Contest will award five prizes each of $1,000 cash and five of their belt drive systems. Contest bikes will be judged on their overall aesthetic appeal and technical factors such as their sliding dropouts, belt tensioning systems, frame splits and other belt-drive-specific designs.

Riding Discipline Division
Best city bike
Best road bike
Best mountain bike
Best cyclocross bike
Best track bike
Best tandem bike
Best experimental bike
Best utility bike

Construction Division
Best lugged frame
Best fillet frame
Best TIG frame

Materials Division
Best steel construction
Best titanium construction
Best carbon construction
Best alternative material (bamboo, aluminum, wood, magnesium, etc.)

Overall Division
Best new builder
Best finish
Best theme bike
People’s choice
President’s choice
Best of show


5 thoughts on “NAHBS Adds New Awards Categories for 2013, Gates Puts Up Cash

  1. Sorry, aluminum is not an alternative material.
    And I would nix the experimental and theme bike awards. They’re fun, but not award bikes.

    Who gets to vote on these? I’d like to see a Builders Choice award.

  2. @Gillis, Ditto on the Builders Choice award.
    Praise and adoration from fellow professionals must be the most meaningful recognition a person can obtain.

  3. Aluminum is a common material for major builders, but for a smaller shop, it’s seen far less often. Small makers tend to stick to niche materials, so a “mainstream” material is “alternative.”

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