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NAHBS 2009 Studio Outtakes

nahbs_studio025 Placing people under studio lights can have a strange effect as some live out their modeling fantasy and others just get silly.

At left we have Jason Montano of Broakland living his dream with the wind in his hair. The other photographer shown is of Pedal Speed magazine, in from Tokyo to share the North American show with the huge Japanese-language cycling audience.


The Bilenky crew apparently saw a low flying plane in the unoccupied “other side” of the tradeshow floor space.


Don Walker loves his bicycles, hugging each before their star shot.

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The vast majority of the builders wear their love of bicycles on their sleeve, some just take it a bit farther and really get excited about each and every one of their creations. In order, Curtis Inglis of Retrotec, Jordan Hufnagel, Marty Walsh of Geekhouse.

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The Indianapolis freebie newsweekly featured Don Walker in a menacing “warrior” post, biting the top tube of a bike in his shop. Marty took notice, as did Sacha White of Vanilla.


Richard Sachs helped keep his bikes upright with his eyes, but also gave some reassurance that I wouldn’t drop one of his pristine bicycles. With the help of the builders, a few excellent volunteers and a very high tech combination of binder clips and a broken section of aluminum tubing not one bike was dropped on my watch.


  1. JerryMarch 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    great pics. I think I like the outtakes more than the originals. wonderful coverage of the show.

  2. rickMarch 12, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Have I missed the annoucement about the location of next year’s show?

  3. SJMarch 12, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Alien Bee’s?? They rock!

  4. bradMarch 12, 2009 at 9:59 amAuthor

    For the photo nerds interested in such things; images shot with Nikon D700 w/ 99% of them using an 85mm Nikon 1.8 lens. ISO 200, 1/250, f9-11. Lights; two Alien Bees B400 lights at full power with 32in metallic umbrellas and Alien Bees ABR800 ringflash w/ grid at 1/64 – 1/8 power as fill.

  5. LondonMarch 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Awesome pictures guys. Some very swanky looking bikes there

  6. DaveLMarch 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Hey, Brad…

    Nice article and thanks for the shooting specs. But one thing I would love to know…how did you get the bike(s) to stand up by themselves for the last photo? Thanks,

  7. Mr. HillsMarch 17, 2009 at 2:09 am

    thanks for brining us these dynamite pics.

    the handmade bike show has put the fun back into bikes and bike trade shows.

  8. manetMarch 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    H E L L O miz bilenky !

  9. earl pizumiMay 7, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I think the “Black Sheep Contingency” had the GOODS! That 36″ wheeled machine made my tongue get hard!! I think they were so far ahead that most people couldn’t even see where they were going!!!Titanium IS the FUTURE!! …and Damascus steel drop-outs from “Villin”!! …Why was it that there was only ONE bike (Sillgey?)offered to ride? …that bike saw some miles! (in 20 yard increments!)…

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