Category: nahbs

Shaquille O’Neal’s new 36 inch bicycle was designed in Santa Cruz

Update: After three years of development, your DirtySixer bike for tall riders now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. This project was fully funded within 17 hours of launch!

Shaq had a Cannondale Killer V2000 bike custom built over 20 years ago to fit his 7’1″ frame. Even with the outsize frame geometry, this bike looks like a small wheel folding bike next to Shaq. Compare it against the “DirtySixer” bike he took late in 2015, which features a frame designed for large people on 36 inch wheels.

Shaq's new 36 inch bicycle


#TBT: A trip to NAHBS in Sacramento

For Throwback Thursday, here’s this reminder to buy your tickets online ahead of time for the 2016 North American Handmade bicycle Show in Sacramento. The last time NAHBS visited Sacramento in 2012, over 8000 bike enthusiasts mobbed the Sacramento Convention Center on the Saturday of the show. Those with tickets walked right in, while those who bought at the door waited in line.


This year’s show takes place February 26 – 28 at the Sacramento Convention Center, just a few easy bike-riding blocks from the Sacramento Amtrak station. They haven’t said so yet but they generally provide valet bike parking at NAHBS, though you can expect this to be filled to capacity by about noon on Saturday. I think I plan to drive there on Friday, so drop me a line if you want a ride-share from Santa Cruz or the South Bay.

You can buy tickets online at the NAHBS website. If you can’t swing the cost of admission, they still have volunteer opportunities available in exchange for a t-shirt and a day pass, which I think is a pretty sweet deal.

Sacramento: North American Handmade Bicycle Show coming Real Soon Now

NAHBS 2016

Reminder: The 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show takes place February 26 – 28 at the Sacramento Convention Center. I’ll be there either Friday or Saturday (or maybe both days), mostly covering Santa Cruz framebuilders but I’ll check everybody out.

If you like bikes and people associated with bikes, I recommend attending if you can. Advance purchase adult day pass is $22 and worth the price, and I recommend buying online since the line to purchase tickets on the day of typically wraps around the block, especially on Saturday.

Downtown Sacramento is a lovely place to bike around, especially on the weekends. I recommend the visit if you can make it up.