Erik Noren’s off-the-wall artistic mind can always be counted on to create something insanely wonderful for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and he doesn’t disappoint for 2016. Everyone else is talking about his electric cargo truck (he rigs a hub motor as a midmount motor, with a 7 speed hub mounted directly behind the bottom bracket, which in turn connects to a differential on the rear axle. It’s got to be seen to be believed), but I’d like to showcase his APHP-10000, a fat tire minivelo bike.
You can see Erik’s creation at his Peacock Groove booth near the center of the show floor, which he shares with HED Wheels and show organizer Don Walker.
The other minivelo at NAHBS was fabricated by Tim Crossman of Kiev, Ukraine. I’ve seen plenty of minivelo bikes, but I believe this is the first time I’ve ever seen a carbon fiber minivelo.
This is Tim’s first time in America. He flies out of LAX next week, and he told me he plans to bike down to L.A. on this bike. I told him it’s over 600 kilometers to Los Angeles from Sacramento. He did a little mental calculation and told me in his Slavic accented English, “Is no problem, I can do in five days on this bike.”
Kudos to Tim. You can find him on the back wall at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show taking place now in Sacramento, California.