Prior to this weekend’s NAHBS in Richmond, VA my bike appreciation only went as far as brands that sponsor a professional team and a handful of custom shops such as Moot, Seven and Serotta. My ignorance was not due to lack of trying however; I subscribe to 3 different bicycle related magazines and keep up with a handful more bike news and blog sites on a daily basis. Yet I have never heard of the likes of YIPsan, Sylvan, or ANT and 100’s of others until now. These folks are pure artists who use steel, aluminum, titanium, wood, even bamboo as their canvas and a welding torch as their brush. Their two-wheel (and sometimes 3 or more) master pieces are perfectly at home under the spotlights and traveling at the speed of light on our terrain of choice.
The National American Hand built Bicycle Show has truly opened my eyes. The show this past weekend was my first and absolutely will not be my last. Buying my next bike just got a whole lot more difficult! Do I go to my local bike store or do I call up a Picasso of bicycle? Regardless, the NAHBS is a life transforming experience for anyone with a passion for bicycles.
Thanks NAHBS. See you in Austin, Texas in 2011.
Day 2 is now in full swing. The door opened to the public about 40 mins ago and it’s a complete madhouse.
Heather (@belmontlovely) is working on a bunch of interviews as we speak. Look for more day 2 activities in a few hours.
It has been a long day but wouldn’t trade it for the world. The NAHBS is an eye opener to what these true artists disguised as bike builders can do with traditional materials such as steel, aluminum, carbon and some not so traditional such as wood and bamboo. But before I get some shut eye, I leave you with a few of my favorite images of the day.
Bikes bikes bikes. They’re everywhere!
I will try to do a photo dump around lunch and before dinner today. Come back through out the day to drool!
Are you looking to ride your bike this weekend while in town for the NAHBS? The Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) provide area cyclists multiple ride options every day of the week. Please contact the designated ride leader(s) if you have any questions.
If you are looking to unleash some pent-up fiery amassed over the winter, Team Nature’s Path/3Sports Cyclinb Club is hosting a criterium at the Richmond International Raceway (RIR). RIR has a 3/4 mile smooth fast D shaped track and is home to two NASCAR races every year. Preregistration will close this evening (2/24) at 9pm EST.
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