NAHBS: Lugs, Lights, Racks and Fenders

05 Mar

We came, we saw, we ate, we rode. I’m still recovering from our long weekend trek to Sacramento for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. I’ll write more later, but here are photos to give you a taste of the “bicycle porn” that makes the show so popular. For the builders, the devil is in the details, but the result is heavenly.

Lugs All but abandoned in stock bikes, lugged bicycles live on in the handmade bike world, where their intricate designs are unmistakable handcrafted. There were plenty of lugged bikes this year, but not as broad a range as what I saw last year in Austin.

Lights As the naughty girl who doesn’t ride home until after dark, I love bikes with integrated lights (even though none of mine have them). Here are some bikes with lights that are part of the design, not an afterthought.

Racks What good is a city, touring or randonneur bike without a rack? If you can’t carry stuff, you might as well drive. One builder confided that building a rack is harder than building a frame. Too many curving parts and the jigs are sized for building frames, not racks.

Fenders Fenders are what keeps me riding even in the rain. Like past years, there were many with shiny aluminum fenders similar to the ones Dick installed on Ginger, my touring bike, but there were also some fenders made of unique materials, like wood and rubber from inner tubes.

Just Plain Weird What can I say? NAHBS never ceases to surprise me.


Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Bike Gallery


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