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Fat tire minivelo, and a carbon fiber minivelo

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.

Titanium fender from Honjo

Honjo Koken hand fabricates 20,000 metal fenders each year. They’re regarded as the best bicycle fenders in the world, and are priced accordingly at $150 and up. Honjo fenders mostly made from aluminum or brass, but the Honjo rep visiting the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento has a prototype titanium fender on display.

Honjo fender - titanium prototype H3

The rep tells me they plan to begin production of this H3 Titanium Mudguard beginning sometime in the spring. Titanium fenders would look mighty fine on just about any custom bike.

Historical bike prints, cheap at NAHBS

Brett Horton of San Francisco has a huge collection of bike photos collected from around the world. He’s now making prints from his Horton Collection available for sale. Buy them this weekend at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento for a hugely discounted price. These framed and autorgraphed 20×24 prints of Eddie Merckx can be had for a ludicrously low price.

NAHBS 2016 photo dump

Numerous 8×10 prints are also available for $12.95 unframed, or $26.50 framed.

NAHBS 2016 photo dump

As of now they’re only available at the show. They’ll eventually be available for sale online, but expected prices to be nearly double what they charge at NAHBS.

NAHBS continues through Sunday afternoon at the Sacramento Convention Center. For more info, visit the NAHBS website.

DIY bamboo bike building kit from Calfee on Kickstarter

Calfee Design announced their new bamboo bike building kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on Friday. For the crazy low price of $580, you get the tools and supplies you need to build your very own bamboo bicycle frame.

NAHBS 2016 photo dump

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Santa Cruz builders at NAHBS 2016 in Sacramento

All of the usual suspects from Santa Cruz County will return with their selection of beautiful wares at the 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show beginning Friday, February 26, 2016 (tomorrow!) at the Sacramento Convention Center. I can’t get over John Caletti’s show bike, the CALETTI X KILLE, so let’s talk about that first.

caletti x kille

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Japanese exhibitors at NAHBS 2016 in Sacramento

Over the past few years, Japanese builders and other vendors have become a regular presence at the annual North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show.

mks pedals

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