NAHBS 2009 Saturday Part 2
This is part two of the images shot on Saturday this past weekend at the NAHBS. In this post we feature images of a few award winners, namely the multiple award winning track bike by Cherubim, the best offroad bicycle from Curt Goodrich, the best road bike of Roland Della Santa and the best of show grass track racer of Cicli Polito. This was a fruitful day in terms of imagery. Look for more images to follow later this week from Sunday’s studio session.
Roland Della Santa has been building frames for 40+ years if I remember our backstage conversation correct. A really amazing amount of time to hone one’s craft.
Moots is a long time Colorado ti manufacturer with a reputation that any would be proud to share in. Their welds are impeccable, their bikes modern day classics.
Shin-ichi Konno of Cherubim went on to win best track bicycle and the President’s Choice award at the end of the show, but also seemed to have the unofficial most talked about award too. At one point Jeff witnessed Shin-ichi grab the horn with both hands, tuck his head in and explain, “cool!”
Kimori had this very unconventional mini velo bike at their booth, along with this Stratos keirin bike with the most beautiful bolt-on training brake mounts I’ve ever seen.
I’m unsure if the Fleetwood moniker is the real name on this bike or just a sample title for it, but I am sure that it is Tucker Schwinn’s polo bike made by Waterford, his dad’s company. And yes, it’s that Schwinn. There really must be something in their DNA.
Southwest was just a few booths down from us and had this great day-tourer on display with a custom rack, wood fenders and a generator hub.
El Camino Fab is the shop that creates all of the Broakland bikes, and from what I’m to understand one of the most “green” shops in the country using as much renewable energy as possible to power the shop.
Jordan Hufnagel is quite talented, especially when one considers he’s only been building frames for a few years. This touring bike has all the touches that make sense for the long haul. Sturdy racks with a wide, flat top up front and wood pannier guards all around. Stem mount shifters let you opt for friction in the event of real muck or a bent hanger while staying upright and keeping the brake levers themselves simple and durable. I could nit-pick about it needing a third bottle mount on the downtube, but I think I could make do without… Jordan is also the head of the Hot Tub Collective. Look for it at the next NAHBS.
Curt Goodrich eventually took home the best offroad bike award for this purebred ‘cross racing bicycle. Congratulations, there was some serious competition out there, especially with cyclocross bikes.
Shamrock Cycles makes some unique bicycles. Just check out the detail on the segmented mountain bike fork and the wooden slats that fit just-so on the custom front rack.
Dan Polito of Cicli Polito is out of Cleveland Ohio and promises that this grass track racer is the real deal, and tells me that he plans on a hosting a race sometime this spring. This bike was best of show winner and clearly meant a lot to Dan for various personal reasons. Makin’ Mom proud.
Believe it or not, there is still more to share. Going through some 1400 images take some time. More to come soon. Appropriately enough this post marks #1000 on UrbanVelo.org in just under two years of production. Thanks for reading along.