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Don Walker Throwback Stayer Bike at NAHBS

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This throwback stayer bike by Don Walker was making a repeat appearance at the show and I had to give it another shot. Stayer racing is a type of racing where people ride purpose built bikes like this within the draft of a motorcycle on a banked track, reaching pretty incredible speeds in the process. The “backwards” fork and braced saddle and bars are all meant for stability at speed. Newly built to resemble bikes from the 1950′s, this bike has custom Curtis Odom hubs and chainring and genuine wooden rims for that period look. www.donwalkercycles.com

Independent Fabrications Belt Drive Ti Travel Road Bike at NAHBS

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Independent Fabrication is well versed in belt drives and S+S couplings, and created this travel road single speed for this year’s show. No oversized luggage fees, no grease when you reassemble in some far off hotel room. www.ifbikes.com

ANT Bike Truss Fixed Gear at NAHBS

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ANT proprietor Mike Flanigan loves the old Iver Johnson truss bikes, and has made a number of modern models with the truss toptube design. Originally in place to strengthen weak tubes, today it’s mainly a matter of style and continues to build a durable frame. This fixed gear is meant for meandering road rides, and looks the place of turn of the century scorcher with today’s parts and handling. I could see many years of rides on a bike like this. antbikemike.wordpress.com

SyCip Titanium Kids Mountain Bike at NAHBS

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SyCip has been at it building steel bikes since 1992, but this is the first complete titanium bike Jeremy Sycip has built. It pays to be the daughter of a bike builder, as this tiny bike is as nice as a life long adult rider could ever truly need. I just love the segmented fork and throwback bullmoose bars, and can’t help but gawk at the custom Phil Wood headset and seatclamp. www.sycip.com

Airtight Cycles Möbius Aero Crit NAHBS

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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