NAHBS 2012 part 4: Baum to Ti Cycles
Baum Cycles displayed this jaw-dropping Corretto Pista titanium track bike at this year’s NAHBS.
Baum Cycles fitted this awesome custom integrated bar and stem (based on a 3T Scatto) to the front of its Corretto Pista track bike.
The titanium chain stays on Baum Cycles’ incredible Corretto Pista track bike are flattened near the dropouts.
Baum Cycles made the trip to NAHBS all the way from Australia with this gorgeous titanium 29er.
Baum Cycles uses straightforward wisbone-style seat stays on this titanium 29er.
Baum Cycles built its Turanti ‘cross bike using butted titanium tubing.
Baum Cycles’ bikes at NAHBS weren’t just carefully constructed – they were beautifully painted, too.
SRAM’s latest ‘cross-specific chainrings are fitted to Baum Cycles’ Turanti titanium machine.
Baum Cycles brought this stainless steel version of its Ristretto roadster to NAHBS.
Internal Di2 wiring is optional on Baum Cycles’ Ristretto steel road bike.
This absolutely remarkable reproduction of an 1888 Whippet was built by Paul Brodie, who teaches Frame Building 101 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada.
The 1888 Whippet was an incredibly complex design with seven suspension pivots in total. The seat tube, top tube, and upper head tube all move as one unit. This remarkable recreation was built by Paul Brodie, who teaches Frame Building 101 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada.
If you follow the linkages, frame tubes, and pivots carefully, you’ll see that it’s not so much the front and rear wheels moving up and down so much as it’s the rider being isolated from road impacts on this jaw-dropping 1888 Whippet reproduction, built by Paul Brodie of the University of the Fraser Valley.
The twin head tubes on this 1888 Whippet reproduction move up and down relative to each other, thus requiring a scissor link in order to maintain steering control.
In addition to the central suspension on this 1888 Whippet reproduction, the rider was also further isolated from impact with this spring-loaded saddle design.
Though rather excessively convoluted in mechanical design, this 1888 Whippet reproduction is nonetheless absolutely incredible to behold. This was easily one of the most stunning bikes at this year’s NAHBS.
The University of the Fraser Valley’s 1888 Whippet reproduction has seven suspension pivots, one of which is located right behind the bottom bracket.
The linkage-actuated brake on University of the Fraser Valley’s absolutely stunning 1888 Whippet reproduction likely offers a solid feel.
The University of the Fraser Valley’s 1888 Whippet reproduction has just a single brake that presses directly on the tire.
The University of the Fraser Valley’s incredible 1888 Whippet reproduction crankset was completely fabricated from billet.
A small extension on the rear of the fork crown of the University of the Fraser Valley’s 1888 Whippet reproduction provides the mounting point for a short wooden fender.
Chain tension on the University of the Fraser Valley’s 1888 Whippet reproduction is adjusted by removing the chain stay bolt, threading or unthreading it as needed, then fixing it in reposition with the locking nut.
The rider of this 1888 Whippet reproduction would be protected from road spray by this wooden fender. Workmanship by the creators at the University of the Fraser Valley is simply incredible.
Original Whippets were built in London, England but this reproduction was done by Paul Brodie in Canada.
Bishop Bikes won ‘Best Lugged Bike’ at NAHBS with randonneur machine.
This Bishop Bikes randonneur bike featured a beautiful brass bell mounted to the stem.
An old-school rubber chain stay guard is fitted to this Bishop Bikes randonneur machine.
Note the polished bits on this Bishop Bikes stainless steel dropout.
A light mount is built into the front rack on this Bishop randonneur bike.
Wiring is internally run for the rear light on this Bishop.
Routing like this is usually only used on bikes with integrated masts but Bishop has managed it with a conventional seatpost. Note the Bishop logo on the seat binder, too.
Check out the old-school Campagnolo down tube shifters on this Bishop randonneur bike.
The custom quill stem, the elegant brake housing stop, the ultra-clean lugwork, the shellacked cotton bar tape – it all adds up to a stunning look for this Bishop randonneur bike.
Bishop Bikes won ‘Best Fillet Brazed Frame’ with this road bike.
Bishop manages to tuck subtle logos into tight spots.
Bishop also showed off this lovely bare frame built with stainless steel tubing.
The immaculate paint highlights the exquisite fillet brazing on this Bishop.
If you’re going to cover up a immaculately fillet brazed frame, you may as well do it with paint like this.
It’s no wonder with craftsmanship like this that Bishop won ‘Best Fillet Brazed Bike’ at NAHBS.
Bishop won yet another NAHBS award – for ‘Best Steel Construction’ – for this stunning track bike.
Bishop fills the unused brake mounting hole with its logo on this track bike.
To make a completely raw dropout this beautiful takes some work. Bishop Bikes manages the task handily.
Bishop filled in the corners of the lugs with brass fillets for smooth, seamless look.
Craftmanship as seen on this Bishop track bike doesn’t come out of a massive factory.
Bishop Bikes used brass fillets to smooth out the lines of this lug. Check out the taper on the points, too.
This Bishop Bikes head tube shows off the company’s fillet brazing and lugged craftsmanship.
Calfee’s top-end Dragonfly Pro was super sleek in this configuration with fully internal Shimano Di2 wiring (including through the bars, stem, and steerer) as well as a Calfee-designed battery built into the seatpost.
Calfee recently began offering this paint scheme, which highlights the uniquely webbed construction method.
The Shimano Di2 wiring box is hidden inside the Calfee SuperClean bar and stem combo with access ports for the button and LED indicator.
Calfee’s PowerPost tucks a higher-capacity Shimano Di2 battery inside the seatpost. The charge port is visible up top, just below the seatpost head.
Calfee’s new SuperClean front end features a custom one-piece carbon fiber bar and stem with fully internal routing for Shimano Di2.
Calfee’s Dragonfly at NAHBS was fitted with Craig Edwards’ new eecycleworks eecrank.
The eecycleworks eecrank as fitted to this Calfee is said to be extremely light yet awesomely rigid.
Craig Calfee brought his personal custom carbon fiber tandem to NAHBS. Calfee’s son rides up front but Craig Calfee still enjoys an unimpeded view of the road plus full steering control courtesy of the custom pulley system.
Cables connect the center-mounted bars to the front-mounted steerer on this wild Calfee tandem.
Craig Calfee’s personal tandem is fitted with couplers, not so much for easier travel but to allow for interchangeable frame configurations – including the possibility of a triplet.
The wildly stepped carbon fiber frame on Craig Calfee’s personal tandem is designed to accommodate his five-year-old son up front.
Naturally, Craigh Calfee’s personal tandem is fitted with his own PowerPost internal battery system.
The front brake is routed right through the steerer on Craig Calfee’s personal carbon fiber tandem.
New for Calfee is Tetra 29er mountain bike tandem. Retail price for the 6.5lb frame is US$6,195.
Calfee created his own ultralight stoker setup built around a Ritchey 10-degree bar.
The partially internal cable routing on Calfee’s new 29er tandem feeds into the head tube.
Calfee found out late in the game that the K-Edge Ki2 shifter pod mounts weren’t going to work with Magura brake levers so the company had to quickly fabricate their own adapters.
Calfee dressed up this disc-equipped all-road bike with an old Z Team paint job, just like the bike Calfee supplied to Greg LeMond back in the day. Retail price for the frame is US$3,275.
Anyone else recognize this logo?
Calfee’s adventure road bikes feature relaxed geometry and longer front and rear centers for extra tire clearance.
Calfee’s throwback adventure road bike features a set of old-school Scott Drop-In handlebars – just like Greg LeMond used to use.
Calfee was one of the first companies to work with bamboo and the company now offers a tandem frame made out of it.
Calfee’s webbed carbon fiber lugs have long been a company trademark.
Calfee now offers the Luna Pro as a complete bike costing as little as US$3,500.
Calfee also showed off this ultralight carbon fiber road tandem.
Calfee also showed off this ultralight carbon fiber road tandem.
Calfee offers the Tetra Adventure frames in either rim or disc brake configurations.
This Ira Ryan townie was just one half of an amazing bike-plus-trailer package at NAHBS, winning the ‘Best City Bicycle’ along the way.
The rear cargo trailer – built in conjunction with Ira Ryan by Trucker – features a waxed canvas cover.
The clever hitch design on Ira Ryan’s bike-and-trailer combo uses a simple and elegant method to connect the two.
How many Chris King headsets are required to provide the necessary degrees of freedom on Ira Ryan’s bike-plus-trailer combo?
The interior of the Ira Ryan/Trucker cargo trailer shows off the last piece of the Chris King puzzle.
The cargo trailer parking brake on the Ira Ryan/Trucker creation is actuated by a simple shift lever.
This Avid BB7 disc brake isn’t meant to control speed on Ira Ryan’s awesome bike-and-trailer combo. It’s a parking brake.
Check out the elegant looking framework for the rear wheels of Ira Ryan/Trucker’s cargo trailer.
Ira Ryan says this bike-and-trailer combo was built for a Portland-area restauranteur who wanted to use pedal power to transport groceries and supplies.
Trucker Bicycle Racks worked with Ira Ryan to build this amazing bike and trailer combo.
Ira Ryan says this ‘cross bike is going to a customer in Texas.
Ira Ryan has one of the prettiest head tube badges in the business.
Ira Ryan is now using dropouts of his own design.
Ira Ryan gave this custom ‘cross bike top tube routing and an uninterrupted piece of rear derailleur housing from the top tube down.
Ira Ryan showed off this lovely all-road bike at NAHBS.
Ira Ryan fitted 28mm-wide tires to this all-road bike but there’s easily room for bigger rubber.
The sturdy front bag on this Ira Ryan randonneur bike neatly wraps underneath the bars.
Kirk Frameworks showed off this spectacular steel road racer at NAHBS.
Somehow the mix of classic lugged construction on this Kirk Frameworks steel road racer and Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 system looks just right.
Kirk Frameworks’ signature item is these curved seat stays. In theory, they should let the rear end flex up and down more than straight stays but regardless, they’re beautiful to look at.
Kirk Frameworks also showed off this raw frame to illustrate builder David Kirk’s amazing fillet brazing.
Do you see an imperfections in this Kirk Frameworks fillet brazed head tube? Yeah, neither do we.
David Kirk of Kirk Frameworks fits this tidy housing guide to the front of his disc brake fork.
We never tire of David Kirk’s incredible fillet brazing work.
It’s easy to bend a tube but not quite so simple to bend them so perfectly symmetrically as seen here on this Kirk Frameworks disc-equipped ‘cross bike.
Kirk Frameworks does some of the best fillet brazing around. Simply stunning.
The elegant disc mount on this Kirk Frameworks steel fork spreads the load out over a lot of surface area and the tangential contact points prevent the tube from crumpling.
Kirk Frameworks is now offering disc brakes front and rear.
Tony Pereira calls this bike the Jeff Bates Racer in honor of a friend he recently lost to skin cancer.
Tony Pereira didn’t name his 29er singlespeed at NAHBS the ‘Jeff Bates Racer’ for nothing. This is a story worth telling.
Tony Pereira’s head tube badge is a play on his last name. Note the 44mm-diameter head tube for use with straight or tapered steerers.
Slider dropouts on Tony Pereira’s steel 29er allow for either geared or singlespeed use depending on the plate used.
Neat S-bend stays decorate the rear end of Tony Pereira’s Jeff Bates Racer special.
The extended tabs on the rear of the seat tube are a Tony Pereira signature feature.
Tony Pereira displayed this raw frameset to show off his fillet brazing.
Silver and gold seems to go well together on this Tony Pereira townie.
The seat cluster on this raw Tony Pereira townie frame shows a mix of fillet brazing and lugged construction.
Tony Pereira brought his personal townie to NAHBS.
The lock core is embedded inside the steerer tube. Locking the bike also locks the steering column.
Thorough cable routing detailing from Tony Pereira.
Tony Pereira built a U-lock right into his personal townie frame. When not in use, he simply stores the shackle in the carbon fiber box up front.
Tony Pereira’s signature logo neatly tucked into the seat lug on his personal townie frame.
The front rack on Tony Pereira’s personal townie is meant to handle some serious weight.
Wiring for the rear light on Tony Pereira’s townie is routed through the fender.
The BionX pedal-assist rear hub motor provides plenty of extra oomph on Tony Pereira’s townie.
There’s also a stereo built into the cargo box on Tony Pereira’s townie.
This custom carbon fiber box not only provides storage but also serves as a rolling dashboard on Tony Pereira’s townie.
Tony Pereira was one of many builders using 650b wheels.
Black Cat built this race-ready 29er for NAHBS but the owner can still do some touring with the removable front and rear racks if desired.
The custom rack on this Black Cat 29er is interesting enough but also check out the elegantly brazed-on down tube gusset.
Brass adjusters are used on this Black Cat 29er.
Note how the rack stays perfectly follow the curve of the seat stays on this Black Cat 29er.
This Black Cat 29er singlespeed sports a nicely curved top tube and seat stays plus a fantastic paint job.
It’s almost a shame the ornate paint on this Black Cat 29er singlespeed covers up the neat lugwork.
The bridgeless chain stays on Black Cat’s 29er provide very good tire clearance.
These pivoting dropouts are Black Cat’s own design. They’re simple, elegant, and can be converted for either singlespeed or geared drivetrains.
We like the monochrome look on this Black Cat road bike.
Black Cat highlights the head tube lugs with subtly contrasting paint.
Even the seatmast head is painted to match on this Black Cat.
Frances displayed this novel cargo bike at NAHBS.
The pulley system on this Frances cargo bike allows for center-located steering of the front wheel.
The ultra-short steerer tube on this Frances cargo bike is connected with cables to a similar pulley on the front fork.
Couplers on this Frances cargo bike allow it to break down into a more manageable form for travel.
The small-wheeled front end of this Frances cargo bike includes a custom light mount.
Frances also brought this second cargo bike to NAHBS with a forward-mounted front basket.
Frances offers this seatpost-mounted cargo trailer as well.
Ti Cycles won the ‘Best Experimental Bike’ award at NAHBS for this wild creation.
Ti Cycles built double chain stays into its ‘experimental’ bike.
The rear rack doubles as the fender support on Ti Cycles’ ‘experimental’ bike.
Why a single-sided titanium fork on this Ti Cycles? Just because – that’s why.
When flipped back up into place, the convertible kickstand on Ti Cycles’ clever machine turns into the non-driveside stays.
The quick release lever on Ti Cycles’ clever ‘experimental’ bike locks the pivoting non-driveside stays in place.
Ti Cycles’ clever design uses the non-driveside stays for the kickstand. Simply undo the seat tube-mounted clamp, pivot the assembly down, and you’re good to go.
Check out how the single titanium rod serves as both the lower pannier support and the fender mount on this Ti Cycles machine.
Ti Cycles sized these guides so that the hydraulic hose simply snaps into place.
Ti Cycles brought a tandem the company built in 1994 – complete with rare Scott Superbrakes.
Ti Cycles brought this loaded tourer to display at NAHBS.
Supernova offers this neat accessory to charge up your electronic devices using the front hub generator.
The monostay rear end is a signature item for Ti Cycles.
Ti Cycles built this intriguing steering stabilizer into its pink townie.
Ti Cycles also brought along this curvy townie.
North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has now wrapped up its eighth and most successful year yet with over 8,000 attendees flooding the show floor. The doors have now been closed for several days but we still have lots to show you. You may not have been able to go to NAHBS yourself but hopefully this will serve as the next best thing.
Included in this round are some amazing carbon fiber creations from Craig Calfee, the latest from returning NAHBS exhibitor Tony Pereira, a wild machine from Ti Cycles, and a simply jaw-dropping 1888 Whippet reproduction built by Paul Brodie. Just
click on the gallery to see everything.
Our vision is still blurry from all there was to see over the weekend – not to mention the countless hours of image processing – but there’s still yet one more giant instalment of images to come. We’re not quite done yet, folks.
Craig calfee brought his personal custom carbon fiber tandem to nahbs. calfee’s son rides up front but craig calfee still enjoys an unimpeded view of the road plus full steering control courtesy of the custom pulley system.:
Craig Calfee brought his personal custom carbon fiber tandem to NAHBS