Lovers of cycles, rest assured more NAHBS interviews are coming your way. A few gems from the backlog:
Bicycling Magazine sponsored tonight’s VIP Party at the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
Builders, special guests, and the media mingled over nibbles and brews at The Marriott in Downtown Richmond. After a full day on the show floor, the 110+ exhibitors, many of whom likely hadn’t seen each other since last year’s show, had lots to talk about in between sprint races. That’s right, fixed gear fork-mounted roller sprints.
With a male to female ratio of easily 9:1, nearly all of the sprinters were tipsy men, at least one of whom tipped over when he pedalled backwards by mistake. Only the determined few stuck it out for the final heat. Remarkably, the 500 meter times improved as the night went on, although few were left to witness the feat.
Snowstorm in the Northeast notwithstanding, the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show is off to a strong start. Doors opened 10am for the public and eager cycling enthusiasts quickly began exploring the 110+ booths.
My somewhat selfish special interest is lifestyle bikes: commuter, grocery-getter, urban bikes. Let me tell you, there are an impressive number of frame builders in attendance with “bike life” bikes on display or back home at their shops.
Over today and tomorrow I hope to interview many of the 24 or so builders on my short list. Stay tuned for updates and photos, mainly by my Cyclelicious colleague Ed Ip.
For now I am going to turn my attention to the pulled pork, mac & cheese and steamed broccolli served up in front of me by the good folks at Comfort (200 W. Broad St. at Jefferson St.) Yummy!
[Press Release] The high profile Shimano NAHBS Awards will once again be selected by a panel of judges who have great knowledge and experience in the handmade industry. (more…)