The North American Handmade Bicycle Show has been celebrating beautiful bespoke bikes for 15 years, with framebuilders from around the world including Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan displaying some of the finest bikes across a variety of categories from best road bike to best commute bike.
I've never been to NAHBS before (though I'd dearly love to) but having observed it over the many years from afar, something that has been made much easier since the advent of Twitter and Instagram, it's clear there is no shortage of creativity in the bespoke framebuilding world. This year appears to be no exception, with some gorgeous bikes being displayed.
The show hands out awards based on riding category but also recognises the best workmanship in different materials. British framebuilders have done well in the past, and this year Hartley Cycles won the prestigious President’s Choice award.
Here then are the award winners plus a large gallery below that of other stunning bikes that were being exhibited.
Best in Show- No. 22 Bicycle Company
Best New Builder - Porter Cycles
President’s Choice - Hartley Cycles and Panasonic Cycle Technology
People’s Choice - Mars Cycles
Fully complete bikes, paint and component choices will factor into the judging (aesthetic impact and correctness of the discipline).
Best Artisan Bike - Black Sheep Bikes
Best City/Utility Bike - Rex Cycles
Best Cyclocross Bike - McGovern Cycles
Best Experimental Bike - Black Sheep Bikes
Best Gravel Bike - Seven Cycles
Best Mountain Bike - Mosaic Cycles
Best Road Bike - Seven Cycles
Best Tandem Bike - Bingham Built
Best Track Bike - T°RED Bikes
Judges Discretionary Award - Mosaic Cycles
All bikes presented for the construction categories are presented as bare, non-painted frames to make for easier inspection.
Best TIG Welded Frame- Bingham Built
Best Layup- Pursuit Cycles
Best Finish - Ioklin Frameworks
Best Fillet - Black Cat Bicycle Designs
Best Lugged Frame- DiNucci Cycles
Those award winners are just the tip of the iceberg, how the judges choose the winners from such a vast array of potential winning bikes is beyond here. Below is a gallery of some of the other outstanding bikes that are worth sharing. Happy viewing!
Next year sees the show relocate to Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre on March 20-22, 2019. T
“There’s an ever-growing cycling culture in Dallas and we’re extremely excited to bring the show back to Texas,” says Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “The city hosts some iconic cycling events and has a large variety of cycling clubs and groups. There are loads of hotels and lodging options close to the convention center, with very affordable rates. And like Sacramento, the weather in March is usually warm, which means bring your bikes and ride!”
Thanks to www.nahbs.com for the photos.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.