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Airtight Cycles Möbius Aero Crit NAHBS


Airtight Cycles out of Brooklyn, NY built this single speed crit racer. Dubbed the Möbius Aero Crit after the way that the staggered hellenic seat stays seemingly wrap around the top tube, the bike is an understated eye catcher. Check out those seatstay and chainstay end caps and the built up joint behind the headtube. www.airtightcycles.com

Cykelmageren NAHBS City Bike


Cykelmageren bikes out of Copenhagen always require a second glance to truly take in all of the one-off details. It’s easy to notice the brakes where you simply pull on the sheathed cable, or even the downtube integrated friction shifter, but the custom rebuilt deraileur and hourglass top tube are worth a second look. Word is that top tube is two fork blades jointed at end to end to achieve the desired shape. www.cykelmageren.dk

Zukas Cycles NAHBS Bike


Long and low. Nate Zukas of Zukas Cycles built this bike out of his small workspace in Augusta GA. The integrated seatmast, slammed stem, front disc and super thin stays drew me in to this road fixed trainer. www.zukascycles.com

Lundbeck Cycles Road Travel Bike at NAHBS


Lundbeck Cycles builds out of Cincinnati OH, and had this airline travel capable steel road race bike on display at NAHBS. You can’t beat the classic looks of brazed construction and relatively small diameter steel tubes. S+S Machine travel couplings allow the bike to break in half for easier shipping and checked bag airline travel, even for a bike of this size. www.lundbeckcycles.com

Retrotec Cycles NAHBS Cyclocross Bike


The curves get me every time. Retrotec Cycles are bent and built in Napa CA and are a mainstay of NAHBS, having been on display at 9 of the 10 shows to date. This cyclocross bike features through axles front and rear, making the frame a mix of old school looks and new school function. Year after year Retrotec has some of the best lines of the show. www.ingliscycles.com

Broakland Count Trackula NAHBS Bike


Go fast, turn left. The Broakland Count Trackula is built for speed and stiffness, sacrificing ride quality in the name of going for the win. Oversized 7009 aluminum tubes are mated to the Ahrens designed bottom bracket yoke and dropouts to maximize rear end stiffness and snap. The rare custom aluminum bike at NAHBS, it’s an impressive build. www.broakland.com

Argonaut Spacebike 2.0 Disc Road Best In Show NAHBS Bike


This is the bike that won Best In Show at 2014 NAHBS. The Argonaut Cycles Spacebike 2.0 is a no expenses spared full custom carbon road bike. Geometry and carbon layup are custom fit for the rider and their style of riding, yielding frames between 750-950 g. Some people love road disc brakes, some hate them and the Spacebike 2.0 can have whatever flavor stopping power you prefer. www.argonautcycles.com

Peacock Groove Minneapolis-Moline Cargo NAHBS Bike


Erik Noren and Peacock Groove are never shy about… anything, but especially about over the top theme bikes. This cargo bike pays homage to Minneapolis-Moline, a tractor company especially familiar to those in the midwest, and beyond the paint and carrying capability has fat tires (29″+ rear, 20″ front), dual generator headlights, an incredible rear rack, and low gears for tractor-like hauling. The drivetrain is the ultimate manual — two front rings, no shifter, you need to stop and move the chain by hand to achieve the ultra-low gear tractor grip. www.peacockgroove.com

Don Walker 1994 Pursuit Bike at NAHBS


Things were different in the ’90s. Steel was still real, purple was cool the first time around, the the rules allowed builders to push bicycle design in the name of speed. Don Walker built this bike for Shawn Wallace to use in the 1994 Commonwealth Games, where he ended up taking home silver in the 4 km individual pursuit. Besides the frame construction, note the one sided fork and Russian tensioned Kevlar disc wheel. Great to see a well-used bike from a different era of racing and bike construction making a public appearance. www.donwalkercycles.com

Six-Eleven Bicycle Co NAHBS Track


Six-Eleven Bicycle Co is a one of my perennial favorites at NAHBS, with this customer bike destined for the track catching my eye. Quite obviously a pure-bred race machine, the bike isn’t missing on the finishing touches. Check the elegant seatstay bridge, the pass-through stem detail, and the line work the carries from the wheels across the frame. Great bikes out of Roanoke VA. Check out www.sixelevenbicycleco.com

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