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Day one at the Handmade Bike Show

Posted by on March 2nd, 2007 at 9:29 pm

What a day.

This morning I left the house in driving, cold, rain. A few hours later, I was pedaling in blue skies and California sunshine.

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So far, my Tikit has been great. It only took about 20 minutes to go from baggage check to mobility, and few minutes later, I was at the San Jose Convention Center.

NAHBS Day 1

Today was opening day at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and Portland builders were out in force.

Show rookie Ira Ryan somehow scored a booth right near the main entrance. His new “Cupcake” porteur bike captured a steady stream of eyeballs. It’s white powder-coated, front-loader rack is especially sweet. When I looked more closely I noticed some other nifty touches.

Ira brazed the brake leavers directly onto the bars. No clamps. Nice. He also integrated the thumb shifter mount. The result is a very clean, distinctive rig.

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Just across from Ira was the guy he drove here with, Tony Pereira. Tony had a great day. His 1920’s cruiser-inspired mountain bike has been called a show favorite by more than one passerby.

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But for me, the coolest thing in Tony’s booth is his randonneuring bike. Tony has mixed the old and new into a gorgeous combination that includes a “suicide shift” front derailleur, a carbon Campy crankset, and hand-painted pinstripes. I’ll get some close-ups of this thing tomorrow.

NAHBS Day 1

[Randonneur by Pereira.]

Down the aisle a ways was the Vanilla Bicycles booth. If there was a “Best in Show” prize for best booth, it would win hands down.

NAHBS Day 1

I cornered Sacha before he got too busy to ask him about his new Speedvagen model. It represents a new direction for Vanilla and I’ll share more details about the bike, and Sacha’s philosophy behind it tomorrow. Here’s a few teaser photos:

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Stay tuned because here are the stories I’m working on for tomorrow:

  • The story behind the new Vanilla “Speedvagen” cyclocross bike
  • Photos and the inside scoop on Joseph Ahearne’s “Ms. Michaels’ Mixte” (ladies, you will love this bike!)
  • A tour of the Vanilla booth
  • Photos and info on the Sycip long-bike, equipped with Todd Fahrner’s Portland-made Stokemonkey, with comments and insight from Todd himself (he’s here too!).
  • A chat with Chris King
  • More tidbits from Ira, Tony, Joseph and Sacha
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    A March 2, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    DeSalvo….please please take a few photos of his bikes….Oregon made…Looking forward to seeing his CX S&S bike and “other” kiddie ride….take pix please…
    Thanks
    A

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    Jonathon March 3, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Pegoretti! Pegoretti! Don’t come back to Oregon until you’ve gone around the world.

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    John Boyd March 3, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Thanks very much Jonathan for providing quick coverage for us left back with the rain.

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    Craig March 3, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Jonathan,
    Are you sure you are looking at the “Sycip long bike” or were you refering to the Surly Bid Dummy?

    Just wondering if there are more than one version of the “long bike” out there.

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    Jonathan Maus March 3, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Craig,

    There are several builders with long bikes. Sycip has one, Inglis too. And another guy who specializes in them. Very cool to see cargo getting so much attention.

    I’ll try and get photos of them all.

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    Scott Mizee March 4, 2007 at 5:38 am

    looking forward to the cargo bike photos! Thanks again Jonathan for your excellent coverage!

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