Urban Velo

NAHBS 2009 Thursday Part 1

nahbs_09_day101 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


  1. JonoFebruary 27, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Wish I was there for the bikes, glad I’m not there for the cold.

  2. gw.February 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Igleheart. thats it.

  3. Ghost RiderFebruary 27, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Purple ano is BACK! Yes! Time to dust off some of the goodies in my parts bins….

    Fabulous photos, as always — thanks for doing this for the folks who can’t make it to the show personally.

  4. KyleFebruary 27, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Keep the pictures coming. Work will be no fun without more!

  5. Airdog320February 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

    How does he carbon belt on the Igleheart bike separate to through the chain stay?

  6. EricFebruary 27, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for the great info and pics. I ordered my DeSalvo 10th anniversary before Mike left sight unseen……..now I’m salivating big time! Thanks UV!

  7. Cycle JerkFebruary 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Bilenky with the anodized purple, wow. A true shocker. I’m with you Ghost Rider, time to get the Kooka cranks out of the crawlspace.

  8. BrowneFebruary 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Great looking shots Brad.

    Keep it up!

    On the belt drive bike — I don’t see a way to place the belt through the rear triangle? Where’s the opening in the frame?

  9. kaleFebruary 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    …evening open to the pubic…

    I wish I was there!

  10. bradFebruary 27, 2009 at 8:06 pmAuthor

    The Igleheart has a split in the track end for the belt to pass through that is pretty well hidden. Look again and you’ll see it.

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  13. WaveaollicMarch 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Wish we had that kind of Bicycle Show in Portugal.

  14. evilmonkeyMarch 11, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Hello there, I wish that kind of event could happen in Milan Italy.
    No Chance.
    To Igleheart: Fantastic!!! I’m working in that same version of a coaster brake, and trying to figure out the belt drive. But hard to think that i would have to cut open my Cinelli Pursuit Curved Frame to accomodate the belt drive. Oh what the heck I’ll do it!
    Is there a way you could contact me… pretty plese… just to discuss, and ask for advice. evilmonkey.lopez@gmail.com


  15. alvaroMay 7, 2009 at 8:15 am

    la cagaron , tienen cletas muy lindas

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