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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

Argonaut Spacebike 2.0 Disc Road Best In Show NAHBS Bike

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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

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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

Dickies Bike Giveaway

dickiesThe clothing/bike collaborations just keep coming. Dickies has given culture magazine, Monster Children, a free bike to give away. In typical Monster Children fashion, they give little to no information about the bike itself except to say the seat and bars are wrapped in Dickies 874 pant material. Here’s the rub, you gotta be from Australia to win the bike. Do we have readers in Australia? If so, and you win the bike, write a review for us. Thanks mate.

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