NAHBS 2013 Award Winner: Avery County Cycles

Denver builder's "city 'cross bike" meant for real riding

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.

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.

And check out the rest of the 2013 NAHBS award winners here.

Avery cycles award-winning nahbs show bike: avery cycles award-winning nahbs show bike
Avery cycles award-winning nahbs show bike: avery cycles award-winning nahbs show bike

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA
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