NAHBS 2012 part 1: Black sheep to Wheel Fanatyk

Over 200 photos from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show

I'm now in my seventh year of covering the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and even in its humble beginnings – first in Houston, then two years in a dingy glorified tent in San Jose – it's never ceased to impress.

For sure a major part of the story of any handbuilt bicycle is the builder behind the machine: the personality, the artistry, the philosophy behind everything they do.

We'll get to some of those stories soon enough but we all know what you came here for: the bikes! So for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy this enormous image gallery from the first day of the show. Hope you didn't plan on getting much done today…

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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