Apologies for getting so far behind on my blogging. If it is any conciliation, I am also far behind on just about everything else and the only reason I'm doing this now is so that I can put off cleaning and paperwork. I actually wrote a NAHBS follow up earlier in the week but it got lost in the aether before I was able to publish it and I am only now sufficiently over my loss to attempt a rewrite.
As some of you may know, I have been on a mini velo binge for the last couple of months after I sold my mountain bike and cyclo-cross bike and purchased a Cannondale Hooligan which I have been slowly customizing. As some others of you may know, I have a background in plants and agriculture from years in the landscape biz so the idea of using bamboo to make frames is in intriguing to me.
Calffee Has makes some of the cleanest bamboo bikes and this adaptation of an Alex Moulton space frame design seems to be a natural application of the material. (Smaller tubes creating multiple smaller triangles)
Check out this bottom bracket that manages to simultaneously be both vegan and beefy.
Kimora from Japan had another variation on the Moulton style space frame. They also make a track bike and a quasi-mt bikeHere is a close-up of the stem showing the front suspension injection port, which looks a bit dangerous placement wise; one feature I really did not like on this bike.
They also had a number of really nice parts especially these curvaceous stems.
Brew Bikes also had a dual suspension mini folder where the back triangle flips under the rest of the bike on a pivot at the bottom bracket.
Velo Orange had a some sweet randonneurs.
They also make some parts like these TA style cranks and...
These gorgeous hammered fenders/mudguard/wheelbrows in the Rivendell style.
Igelhart was there with some fine examples out of New England This (stainless?) urban cross bike features a Yo Eddy style fork that harkens back to Igelharts earlier days as a welder for Fat Chance.
Alchemy showed this bike.
I especially liked the organic shaped lugs.
I didn't get a full shot of this bike. Speedvagen is the brand name adopted by Vanilla Cycles to represent their collabo's with other frame builders; in this case Pegoretti.
Note the paint job, cut dropouts and beautiful fillet brazing
as well as this seatpost arrangement that I saw on several bikes. It makes a lot of sense because it greatly reduces the chances of water entering the frame and moves the stress area of the bolt away from the frame. The disadvantage is that it is far less adjustable.
Cheribum made this road bike for the show.
It had a reach down (as opposed to reach around) front derailleur...
...and this saddle. If I could have anything from the show it would be this!