Lynskey Titanium CX Disc poses in Taiwan
The design of the bicycle has remained pretty much set for over 100 years as basically two triangles, two wheels, a crank and chain drive, a seat and handlebars. Regardless, one of the highlights of the cycling calendar year is the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). This year NAHBS will be held between Feb. 25-27 in Austin Texas.
Although these handmade bicycles are often not the big names in the pro ranks, they remain a major force in technological innovation, material selection, and artistic expression focused around the love for the simple concept of the bicycle.
Many of the bikes that make it to the showroom floor at NAHBS are examples of experimental and functional art, while others can be purchased and pedaled to the starting line of any race. Master builders like Richard Sachs, Zanconato, Sacha White at Vanilla and the folks at Seven Cycles among other makers, have their creations regularly pushed to the limits at both the amateur and professional level of racing.
A few of these masterpieces make it to Taiwan, but not many.
In thinking about the upcoming NAHBS, I thought I would list just a few of the bikes that make me look twice in admiration.
Waterford from the Schwinn boys.
Van Dessel Got Something Right with the colors and a name like Gin And Trombones
The Soma Smootie is cheap and classy
If you want custom Japanese steel... look no further than Kavalinka. You'll have to visit in person to be sized and measured by the master builder himself.
The old Lemond Poprad Disc... we hardly knew 'ye!
Gios has changed a bit as of late, but that blue is shocking every time.
Seven Axiom SL is a race machine that should be in a museum... an art museum. Actually, it has been displayed as functional art.
In the more conservative frame building shops of Italy, Dario Pegoretti challenges aesthetic tastes with his avante garde style.