Matt Cardinal and Nate Meschke of Signal Cycles.
Mark DiNucci took home Best of Show.
(Photos © J. Maus)
The 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show came to a close in Austin tonight, and the show ended on a high note for Portland builders. The bike building duo of Nathan Meschke and Matt Cardinal of Signal Cycles took home ‘Best City Bike’ honors and veteran builder Mark DiNucci won the coveted ‘Best of Show’ award.
The award couldn’t come at a better time for Signal. Meschke and Cardinal are on the cusp of major changes with their up-and-coming business and they’ll need this exposure to help launch their new production bike venture. Both Meschke and Cardinal have fine art degrees in painting, decades of bike shop experience between them, and they’ve become known among builders for their rare combination of aesthetic sensibility and technical prowess. The bike that won tonight is a classic, single-speed made with lugged steel tubes. Other details include a handmade rear rack, metal fenders painted to match the frame, and a tire lever and wheel wrench integrated into the water bottle mount. See a few more photos below…
Mark DiNucci is a builder’s builder. His work is clean and elegant and his bikes show a masterful attention to detail. Dinucci has been building bikes since the 1970s and came out of retirement for the 2009 Oregon Manifest event. His award-winning bike was an olive green and red, flat-bar, lugged steel city bike with classic touches including a one-inch quill stem, handmade lights, a thumb-shifter, painted metal fenders, and more.
Below are some* of the other builders that took home awards tonight (*the list is incomplete because I left before the ceremony ended):
Best Road Bike — Dave Wages, Ellis Cycles
Best Track Bike — Aaron Dykstra, Six Eleven Cycles
Best Off Road Bike — Black Sheep Bikes
Best Tandem — Kent Eriksen
Best Carbon Fiber Bike — Carl Strong, Strong Frames
Best Steel Bike — Chris Bishop, Bishop Bikes
Best Titanium Bike — Jim Kish, Kish Fabrications
Best Lugged Bike — Bilenky Cycles
Best Fillet Brazed Bike — Vincent Dominguez
People’s Choice — Sam Whittingham, Naked Bicycles
This wraps up BikePortland’s live coverage of NAHBS from Austin; but my notebook is still full of notes so you’ll be seeing more handmade bike (and bag!) coverage in the weeks to come. Check out our photo gallery for nearly 400 images from Austin; including city scenes, builder portraits, bike details, and much more. You can also browse all our NAHBS coverage here.
Special thanks goes to United Bicycle Institute for sponsoring our trip and to Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, for helping me out with a bike rental. Also, if you supported this coverage with a financial contributoin… Thanks! If note, please help BikePortland stay strong by becoming a supporter.