Frame builders and connoisseurs of handmade bicycles descended on Sacramento, California last weekend for the annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show. As much art show as trade show, NAHBS is a chance for builders to showcase their work and for cyclists to find their dream bike. Nowhere else will you see this many handcrafted bicycles under one roof. In two full days at the show, I couldn’t possibly absorb everything there was to see, but here are some of my highlights.
MAP Bicycles Randonneur Project
Mitch Pryor builds immaculate fillet brazed bicycles in Chico, CA. This Randonneur Project was my favorite bike at the show.
I flew all the way to Sacramento just to see this bike! Well, not entirely, but it was a big reason for making the trek. This is my new Dirtbomb, decked out with Porcelain Rocket bags, Pass & Stow rack, White Industry hubs, Paul brakes, and more. It’s built for all-around versatility, including multi-day adventures, but most of the time I’ll be ripping around my backyard singletrack most of the time!
This is an example of one of my favorite emerging bike styles, a 650b road bike built around WTB’s Horizon 47mm tires. More comfort, more traction, more versatility. Why buy a skinny tire road bike when you can have one of these!
Todd Ingermanson builds some amazing bicycles, and this 27.5+ adventure bike from Black Cat won a well-deserved Best in Show.
Jeremy Sycip has built some creative bicycles over the years, but this one tops them all in my book. An electic-assist picnic bike, equipped with folding front kickstand, integrated cutting board and knife mount on the front rack, and customized for a grill on the rear rack. How much, I’ll take it!
This Calfee Dragonfly Adventure might be the wildest, and possibly most expensive, randonneur/commuter/adventure bike you’ll ever see. That seat post bottle mount features an integrated, motion activated taillight that shines through the water bottle. Fits 650b x 42mm or 700c x 35mm, compatible with full-wrap fenders. $11,850
Rick Hunter has a steady stream of traffic checking out the unique bikes in his booth every year at NAHBS. Whatever you want to call it – all road, fun road, all-arounder – this was another favorite bike for me, built around WTB’s 650b x 47mm Horizon tires. It was for sale at the show, and is headed to Japan with its new owner.