Cyclelogical, the Milwaukee company that specializes in lifestyle bicycle bags, bicycle accessories, and bicycle clothing for the bike commuter, introduced a casual street shoe drilled for SPD cleats at NAHBS in Sacramento last weekend.
Among the throngs visiting the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento last weekend, there were large numbers of Japanese media, fans and reps.
Among the people in this photo:
- Japanese bike dealer Sim Works, who imports components, bikes or accessories from Chris King, Hunter, Sycip, King Cage, Peterboro Basket, and Philosophy Bags. Although there’s a vibrant and uniquely Japanese bike culture ranging from the everyman’s mamachari to NJS Keirin racers, Sim Works wants American style, practicality and durability in city commuter bikes and touring bikes. Is that wild or what?
- Rie has her “CharRie’s Miracle Bike Cafe,” a bike portable coffee shop. She blogs at CharRie’s Cafe.
- Shunsuke, who was in Sacrmanto to represent CCP Apparel, but he also has his own business running East River Cycles in Tokyo. I suppose East River is a reference to the Sumida River?
- Shinya manages Circles, a lifestyle bike shop in Nagoya, Japan.
Some of these folks want to have an bike show in Japan featuring both American and Japanese bespoke bike and accessory manufacturers in a kind of reverse-Orientalist fascination for all things Western.
I told them about Byron Kidd’s Tokyo By Bike, and English language Australian expat’s look at transportational cycling around Tokyo. If there’s a Tokyo-American handmade bike show, Byron, I expect you to cover it!
As I wandered past the Gates booth last weekend during the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS 2012) in Sacramento, I noticed this bike with a pink belt drive.
The University of Frazer Valley in Chilliwack, British Columbia is at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento to publicize their bike building course taught by Canadian mountain bike hall of famer Paul Brodie. Visitors to NAHBS have been crowding around to see Brodie’s amazing replica of an 1888 full suspension bicycle.
Italian bike builder Allesandro Pizzuti is a lot of fun to talk with at NAHBS.
Renold Yip and Erik Noren are among the nicest bike builders you’ll meet, but they’re so very different.