The juxtaposition of new and old independent framebuilders exhibiting their latest bicycle creations at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHMS) in Portland, Oregon made for an unforgettable weekend.
Big stars like actor Robin Williams, mountain bike multi world champion Brian Lopes, and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong spent time gawking at the bikes with more than 6,800 reported attendees, a considerable increase over the 5,000 who filled the aisles in San Jose, California last year.
The award ceremony acknowledged the best of the best, with Canadian brand Naked running away with Best of Show, People’s Choice, and President Walker’s Choice; Best City Bike went to Ahearne; Best New Builder was Portland-based Courage; Best Tandem was Calfee; Best Off-Road went to Engin; Best Track Bicycle went to Retrotec; Best Road Bicycle and Best Lugged Bicycle went to Bruce Gordon; Best Titanium Bicycle went to Black Sheep; Best Carbon Fibre Bicycle went to Nick Crumption; Best Paint Job went to Brian Baylis; Best TIG Welded Bicycle went to Mike De Salvo; Best Fillet Brazed Bicycle went to Dave Kirk.
The Fifth Annual NAHMS moves to Indianapolis, Indiana, home of Zipp, Gasoline Alley, and the Major Taylor Velodrome.
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