The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is many things, an art show not the least among them. Many of the fanciful creations on display are the epitome of show bikes — meant for impressive showing, not necessarily everyday riding. The bike that new exhibitor Avery County Cycles showed, however, was a distinct departure from that model. Although replete with lovely details in the sculpted lugs, painted details and copper bolts, Avery’s city ’cross bike is a utilitarian machine ready to hit the gritty streets.
Delicate paint highlights the steel details: delicate paint highlights the steel detailsBen Delaney/BikeRadar
Avery County Cycles won “best new builder” for blending form with function
For his vision and execution, builder Josh Culbertson was awarded “best new builder” at NAHBS. It was a nice home win for the Denver-based builder.
At the show, Culbertson was humble about the bike, saying he didn’t even have a name for it, but wanted to build a cyclocross bike with a shorter wheelbase for fast on- and off-road riding.
Take a look through the gallery at the above right for the details.