- The Outsider: Graeme Obree’s Story is a new documentary about Graeme Obree, the Flying Scotsman, and his quest to break the Human Powered Land Speed Record (a teaser is shown above.) The film is in its final stages and needs your help to continue. If you support them with 33£ you can get access to the digital download of the movie when it’s completed.
- Exciting news: the National Park Service has enacted a special regulation allowing bicycle use on NPS trials in the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia. The new regulation goes into effect at the end of January 2014 and effects over 65 miles of trails with an additional 40 miles to be constructed. This could pave the way for the opening of more NPS trails across the US. Current cycling trails open at New River Gorge are listed here.
- Doc’s Skincare’s all-natural chamois cream, embrocations and cycling ointments are up on IndieGoGo. No, it’s not a new product, they’re just trying to raise a little coin to grow the business. In return for helping fuel their dream, they’re offering some ridiculous deals on their products. We’ve tried them and like them, particularly for the quality natural ingredients, and now you can stock up while supporting a small brand. Check it all out here.
- Registration is OPEN for the 2014 NAHBS event to be held this year in Charlotte, NC. The March 14-16 event is filling up with exhibitors and will see the return of the Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute.
- The 2014 Recumbent Cycle-Con will be Oct. 1-12 in St. Charles, Illinois.
- Turner Bicycles is auctioning a 2014 Turner Flux 27.5 to raise money for the SoCal High School Cycling League. Winner of the auction gets to choose size and color. Bidding is currently at $2,325 for the bike whose retail value with components is $5,499.
- SWOBO and Bicycle Times have announced the launch of a 5-part video series featuring inspirational characters in the cycling industry called Movers and Makers. The first video is about Christopher Igleheart.
- Emmaline Bride has come up with a list of bicycle-themed wedding ideas to help you plan your big day in style.
- Big Poppi Bicycle Company, our winner in the Bikerumor Bike Shop Video Challenge, has been named one of America’s Best Bike Shops of 2013 by the National Bicycle Dealer’s Association.
Posts in the category NAHBS
In these days of carbon-fiber technology, the shaving of grams, and the boom in aerodynamic advantages measured in mere seconds per kilometer, it comes as a refreshing recalibration to see a bicycle producer revel in the classical lines and materials that our sport was birthed into.
This not new, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has annually convened for nearly a decade due, in part, to the resurgent interest in classic materials and techniques. But the proportion of high-end bikes on the road that are not comprised primarily of carbon is very low. So let’s breathe in this rarefied air.
This builder of classics is Australian, ex-professional rider, Ashley Malcolm. The product of a lifetime in the industry, Malcolm Custom Bicycles is a bespoke crafter in South East London. Using strictly steel and lugs, Malcolm is crafting heirloom quality builds you will want to check out after the break…
Over the years we’ve showcased many components and frames crafted from an array of unusual materials, but nothing like this fully functioning wooden Campagnolo derailleur has ever graced our front page.
Created by woodworking student (or should we say artist) Max Hoffman, this wooden sculpture is one spring and some mounting hardware short of earning a handmade bamboo bicycle top honors at NAHBS.
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Ghisallo’s been making wood bicycle rims for ages, more recently adding carbon fiber reinforced clinchers and 29er tubulars. Now, they’ve started working with Bamboo for their hoops and introduced Beechwood handlebars.
The Beech handlebars above retail for $100 to $125 depending on style. They also offer carbon fiber “shells” that sandwich the bars around the stem clamp area to protect them from damage and pinch stresses. The bamboo tubular rims (shown below) complement the variety of other woods offered and present a very sustainable option.
True Fabrications hails from Austin, TX, and has been building custom steel bikes since 2005. They started out just building 29er frames for themselves, but now offer road, cyclocross, mountain and commuter bikes. They also make stems.
The disc brake road bike shown here is for a customer in Dublin. It has all internal cable routing, which is done with super clean execution. The paint ain’t too shabby either!
Click through for closeups and their other booth bikes…
Ground Up Designs’ Eric Baar brought his brushes and was pinstriping and decorating his bikes at the show. The sparkly racer above caught our eye for the garage-mechanic World of Outlaws motif, but the details made us stay.
The frame uses a reversed sliding dropout placement and unique turnbuckle bar to adjust tension on the belt drive. Click through for closeups of this and some other eyecatching bikes of his, Metrofiets’ crowd-carrying cargo bike, Paketa’s magnesium tandem (and others) and some beautiful paint from Zullo…
At first glance, this road bike from Silk Cycles seems to have to many tubes. Upon closer inspection however, I quickly realized the engineering work at hand here. The bike is a full size folder, and an elegantly designed one at that.
See just how the bike breaks down on the other side, plus a wild steampunk build from Donkelope…
NAHBS 2013: Predator Custom Carbon, Shamrock Cycles & One-Off FSA Singlespeed Disc Carbon Tubular Wheels
Predator Cycling is known for being one of a very few carbon fiber repair shops in the country (Ruckus being another). But they do so much more. At NAHBS they were happily showing off both bikes and components.
The first thing I noticed at the Predator booth was not their full carbon road bike, and it wasn’t their custom carbon belt drive cyclocross racer. It was, in fact, The Major, their barstem combo that retails at a starting price of $600. This barstem combo is unique in its construction. It utilizes an inner joint made of ballistics kevlar that really helps kill road vibration. The outer joint is then made of high modulus carbon fiber, and can even include an outer kevlar weave for added color like the red pictured above. Any composite stem and bar can be used, but the stock option starts with an ENVE stem and FSA SL-K bar.
Hit the jump for Predator’s bikes and their pressfit seat mast / saddle combo, plus the bikes from Shamrock Cycles…
In our pre-NAHBS interview this year, Gaulzetti promised a new emerald green color, supposedly the hot new Pantone (17-5641) hue for 2013, and, well, he delivered. It’s a bit brighter in person, and surprisingly good looking.
And that’s not all they showed that’s new. Click through for pics and info on his stuff, plus bikes from Generic Cycles, Tomassini and our usual photos-only coverage of Richard Sachs…