NAHBS Day 1 highlights

This is the scene around Austin right now — custom bikes and the people who ride them, enjoying the city’s charm while drenched in sunshine. For the sights inside the show, just scroll down.
(Photos © J. Maus)


It was a great first day at NAHBS. In this post, I’ll bring a few things to the Front Page that you might have missed while browsing the nearly 150 or so images I posted from the show floor today.

I was very impressed with the work of Chris Bishop. In the stand behind his amazing Brett Horton bike was what looked like just another handmade track bike; but upon closer inspection it was anything but. Chris tracked down a rare Columbus MS tubeset. This tubeset is full of quirks with a mix of ovalized, aero, and butted tubes. Check the super fine lugwork and the fastback seat stays with integrated clamp bolt…

This sign made be smile with pride. I love that Chris King is making noise about their 35 years of U.S. production. What they do is very special and the best part of their story is the great success they’ve found after moving to Portland a few years ago…

If you love bike polo, this is the bike for you. Made by Geekhouse Bikes from Boston, this thing has S&S couplers for getting to all those big polo tourneys and disc brakes for one-finger stopping power. I also loved the disc brake rotor protectors…

I laughed out loud at this t-shirt being worn by veteran builder Curtis Inglis of Retrotec…

He might be a tough guy, but check out his gorgeous, pink mixte..

Hope you’ve enjoyed our first day of coverage from Austin. See all the stories here and browse our images in the gallery. Stay tuned, there’s a lot more to share!

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Harth
11 years ago

Thank you, Jonathan! Your photos show your passion for the details and the humans who make them happen. This was a wonderful way to enjoy my coffee this morning.

Patrick Croasdaile
11 years ago

Jonathan, GREAT photos. Thanks for covering this.

Chrystal
Chrystal
11 years ago

I love that mixte!

dwainedibbly
dwainedibbly
11 years ago

Great shots! Mrs Dibbly, who normally turns up her nose at mixtes, likes the Retrotec.

Any word on if the show will be returning to Portland any time soon?

twistyaction
11 years ago

The bare Naked bike in the gallery is a mindblowingly elegant execution of a very slick concept. A pure design rendered in an aesthetically stunning package. Gets my vote for best in show. Jonathan, can you ask/explain how the front wheel is released?

http://bikeportland.org/photos/album/72157626007322841/photo/5479061733/nahbs-austin-2011-naked-at-nahbs-11.html

twistyaction
11 years ago
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