Bicycles

In pictures: Pretty, weird and pretty weird bikes from NAHBS 2017

In pictures: Pretty, weird and...
The cleverly-designed rear drivetrain of a racing tricycle made by Don Walker Cycles
The cleverly-designed rear drivetrain of a racing tricycle made by Don Walker Cycles
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Bluest bicycle in the show? A gorgeous shiny titanium road bike from Enigma
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Bluest bicycle in the show? A gorgeous shiny titanium road bike from Enigma
A modern-day penny farthing, from Tallerico Cycles – winner of the People's Choice award
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A modern-day penny farthing, from Tallerico Cycles – winner of the People's Choice award
Stem lock on a stately dark metallic green cruiser from Donhou
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Stem lock on a stately dark metallic green cruiser from Donhou
Dave Williams from Maglock was on hand, showing off a prototype slim version of his magnetic pedals
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Dave Williams from Maglock was on hand, showing off a prototype slim version of his magnetic pedals
This setup demonstrates the idea behind a proposed electromagnetic version of Maglock magnetic pedals – if the bike were tipping over, the magnets could automatically shut off to release the rider's feet
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This setup demonstrates the idea behind a proposed electromagnetic version of Maglock magnetic pedals – if the bike were tipping over, the magnets could automatically shut off to release the rider's feet
A racing tricycle from Don Walker Cycles – Walker is also the founder of NAHBS
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A racing tricycle from Don Walker Cycles – Walker is also the founder of NAHBS
This classic old track bike was being displayed by Campagnolo
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This classic old track bike was being displayed by Campagnolo
A green beauty from Don Walker Cycles
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A green beauty from Don Walker Cycles
Enve Composites' Speed Release Fork combines the stiffness of a thru-axle with the fast on-and-off of a quick release
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Enve Composites' Speed Release Fork combines the stiffness of a thru-axle with the fast on-and-off of a quick release
A carbon fiber saddle made by Selle Anatomica, featuring a vibration-damping inner spring structure
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A carbon fiber saddle made by Selle Anatomica, featuring a vibration-damping inner spring structure
Very direct rear derailleur cable routing, on a 1974 Alan road bike modified by Charlie Cunningham
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Very direct rear derailleur cable routing, on a 1974 Alan road bike modified by Charlie Cunningham
Detailing on a Prince tribute bike built by Peacock Groove – it won the Best In Show award
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Detailing on a Prince tribute bike built by Peacock Groove – it won the Best In Show award
This ultra-aerodynamic triathlon bike was made for Cervelo by HED
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This ultra-aerodynamic triathlon bike was made for Cervelo by HED
Interesting front fork on this fatbike from Moonmen
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Interesting front fork on this fatbike from Moonmen
Is it a track bike or a BMX? It's actually an employee's personal commuter, from Black Sheep
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Is it a track bike or a BMX? It's actually an employee's personal commuter, from Black Sheep
Black Sheep is responsible for the interesting front end on this fatbike, which won Best Artisan Bike
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Black Sheep is responsible for the interesting front end on this fatbike, which won Best Artisan Bike
Neat paint job and nice brakes, from W.H. Bradford Designs
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Neat paint job and nice brakes, from W.H. Bradford Designs
Paper planes courtesy of Shamrock Cycles
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Paper planes courtesy of Shamrock Cycles
Shamrock Cycles had this beauty on display
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Shamrock Cycles had this beauty on display
The finely-sculpted bottom bracket of a Shamrock Cycles bike
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The finely-sculpted bottom bracket of a Shamrock Cycles bike
Shamrock Cycles made this chain-derived coffee cup holder for one of its bikes, which won Best City Bike/Utility Bike
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Shamrock Cycles made this chain-derived coffee cup holder for one of its bikes, which won Best City Bike/Utility Bike
A curvy creation from Sklar – a green version of this one won Best Mountain Bike
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A curvy creation from Sklar – a green version of this one won Best Mountain Bike
A fork with an integrated mud guard, from Enve Composites
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A fork with an integrated mud guard, from Enve Composites
Risse Racing's Voltinator on- and off-road e-bike
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Risse Racing's Voltinator on- and off-road e-bike
A unique linkage system created by Risse Racing
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A unique linkage system created by Risse Racing
Custom carbon fiber cycling shoes, made by Simmons Racing
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Custom carbon fiber cycling shoes, made by Simmons Racing
A wooden mountain bike from Renovo
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A wooden mountain bike from Renovo
The rear lighting system on Calfee Design's bamboo e-bike
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The rear lighting system on Calfee Design's bamboo e-bike
A hemp lug on a bamboo bike made by Calfee Design
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A hemp lug on a bamboo bike made by Calfee Design
A very "busy" paint job, done by Squid
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A very "busy" paint job, done by Squid
A stars-and-stripes-clad Elite road bike, from Enigma
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A stars-and-stripes-clad Elite road bike, from Enigma
Orbitrec makes bikes with carbon fiber tubes joined together by 3D-printed titanium lugs
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Orbitrec makes bikes with carbon fiber tubes joined together by 3D-printed titanium lugs
A wooden fatbike from Connor Wood Bicycles
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A wooden fatbike from Connor Wood Bicycles
This one-off carbon fiber beer-hauler from Rock West Composites won Best Experimental Bike
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This one-off carbon fiber beer-hauler from Rock West Composites won Best Experimental Bike
Dark Matter Finishing provided the Boba Fett-inspired paint job on this Caletti
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Dark Matter Finishing provided the Boba Fett-inspired paint job on this Caletti
Kevin Maxwell-Ostrom of Maxwell Cycles, with his awesome board track racing-inspired e-bike – note the hub motor mounted in the frame
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Kevin Maxwell-Ostrom of Maxwell Cycles, with his awesome board track racing-inspired e-bike – note the hub motor mounted in the frame
A nice wooden road bike from Cio
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A nice wooden road bike from Cio
Dirty Sixer is already known for its bikes with giant 36-inch wheels – this bike tones things down a bit, with 32-inch wheels
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Dirty Sixer is already known for its bikes with giant 36-inch wheels – this bike tones things down a bit, with 32-inch wheels
A wooden e-bike from Cedarville University
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A wooden e-bike from Cedarville University
The swoopy seat stays on this bike by David Kirk are actually claimed to provide a small amount of rear suspension – it won Best Road Bike
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The swoopy seat stays on this bike by David Kirk are actually claimed to provide a small amount of rear suspension – it won Best Road Bike
Award-winning fillet brazing by David Kirk
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Award-winning fillet brazing by David Kirk
This bike from Cherubim integrates the fenders into the frame
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This bike from Cherubim integrates the fenders into the frame
Attractive two-tone charcoal/blue paint job on this full-suspension mountain bike from Alchemy
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Attractive two-tone charcoal/blue paint job on this full-suspension mountain bike from Alchemy
Sometimes, subtle is best – a titanium city bike by Moots
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Sometimes, subtle is best – a titanium city bike by Moots
This interesting fatbike from the University of Iowa features an extended back end, and a flexing vibration-damping fork
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This interesting fatbike from the University of Iowa features an extended back end, and a flexing vibration-damping fork
Neat crackle paint job by Portus
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Neat crackle paint job by Portus
This fatbike made by Reeb is set to hit the slopes
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This fatbike made by Reeb is set to hit the slopes
The cleverly-designed rear drivetrain of a racing tricycle made by Don Walker Cycles
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The cleverly-designed rear drivetrain of a racing tricycle made by Don Walker Cycles
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The North American Handmade Bicycle Show has wound up for another year, bringing us a fresh batch of some of the most interesting and exquisite bikes from around the world. We attended the event in Salt Lake City last weekend, and now offer this look at some of our faves from the show.

We've already featured a few of the bikes that really caught our eye, in separate articles. To see what else we liked at the Salt Palace Convention Center, though, just head on over to the photo gallery.

Show website: NAHBS

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9 comments
9 comments
dutch
You noted the strange front forks on picture #13. Me, I saw the frame mounted flask...
sammymann
Not a single photo of a suitcase/folding bicycle. None represented at the show?
Kpar
Some marvelous and attractive tech here.
I was particularly taken by the racing trike- adding articulating rear wheels would make it totally awesome!
Paravectorno Extactini
I'd really like wider shots and more info on that alternate suspension and on the wooden bike (multiple vendors now) durability. So many of the frames catered to a sport discipline, it was a little odd to see no powered/hybrid-motor nods as one would see in an offroad freaks' show (even one that shut down before Salt Lake City's curfews begin.)
ljaques
@dutch, I think the flask is alcohol for the camp stove. ;) @sammymann why would anyone -want- a suitcase bike? More spurious thoughts: #10 seat looks like a real ball biter! The wooden bikes #24,32,37,38 wouldn't last 1 day on bad roads or 1/4 day on the mountain courses. #28 just NO. #36 another BFU electric with hi-maint dual chain systems. #47 Alchemy is a booful good formula. #47 HIGHLY unlikely, then where do you store the bike while you walk back up the 2nd-12th times? On your back? #48 The beauty of simple engineering. The show highlighted lots of very- unlikely-to-be-mass-produced hardware, didn't it? Bad paint didn't hide bad engineering or concepts. Wow! OTOH, there were a couple pretty paint jobs, like Alchemy and the crackle paint forks.
SaysMe
Nope to carbon shoes or seat, I can see some one sueing once a ball snag and ripped off simply by standing! Yes to bamboo, no to 10 km/h wood bike, wood splits too easy, need to ride slow...
Phileaux
The wood bikes aren't made of plain pine or ply. There's a lot of binder and resins mixed in. Auto wheels used to be wood and held up 2+ tons.
PhilipKFreeman
Where are the comfortable recumbent bikes,some dont like tiny seats.
Mayakovski
Pretty boring in general, a few nice bikes but nothing innovative or clever.