NAHBS 2009 Thursday Part 1
The 2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show has begun, at least for the exhibitors. As builders loaded in we had our photo booth ready to capture the first bikes in the door. Here are a few of the first ones. For a first look at some of the bikes on the floor of the show before the doors evening open to the pubic, read on.
First bike under the lights was this one from long-time Urban Velo supporter, Igleheart. This belt-drive coaster brake cruiser that was a total blast to ride around the inside of the Indianapolis Convention Center. Security will surely learn to love us. That’s a $5 hub out back with a Carbon Drive Systems belt drive cog mounted.
Bilenky is never one to disappoint. Between the bikes handing from wires from the ceiling and this cream colored bike with hand hammered fenders our cross-state cohorts once again brought out the big guns for the show.
Builder Yipsan originally hails form Hong Kong, China but now calls the USA home and is no longer a new comer to the NAHBS spectrum. Beyond the two-tone paint and subtle Chinese characters lies a frame with countless hours of work and many of the nice, finer touches you see at shows such as this.
Ellis is a relatively new brand in bike builders, having just parted ways with his former employer Waterford last year around this time. The road frame features elegant internal cable routing the chainstay, proving that its the small pieces that count.
Desalvo never disappoints, this year showing off his 10th anniversary bike that goes to 11 with Campy Super Record and his own personal commuter, dirt and all. Mike is a stand up guy and veteran of the framebuilding business who’s bicycle building talents span all sorts of purpose built machines.
There is more to share, look for more next post. Check back soon for continuing coverage of the 2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.