The North American Handmade Bike Show isn’t just about bikes. In fact, much of the show includes handmade lifestyle items such as clothing, hats, and other accessories. The show’s laidback atmosphere fosters creative conversations between legends, rookies, and fans. Like most gatherings of cyclists, the morning hours were filled with freshly pressed coffee followed by afternoons with beer flowing freely. Indeed, NAHBS is about sharing bicycle art, innovation, and passion with fellow bike enthusiasts.
Teaming up with frame builders and painters, Silca presented an assortment of beautifully painted SuperPista pumps. This project was an exciting collaboration that produced some of the most creative and interesting pieces of the show.
Silca’s SuperPista pump in itself is a work of art. The vacuum cast zinc base provides a decidedly stable pumping action, the rosewood handles feel smooth and comfortable, and the pressure accuracy of the pump is impressive.
Pumps were painted to match bikes built by the likes of Dario Pegoretti, Breadwinner, Independent, English Cycles, Spectrum and more.
More info: silca.cc
Price: $450 – not painted
Born out the streets of San Francisco, Cadence Collection superbly blends urban style with technical cycling performance apparel. Hipsters and hipster-haters can finally come together and appreciate well-made, stylish cycling clothes. The Cadence line includes technical pieces like jackets and vests for serious rides as well as jeans and hats for commuting.
Working in San Francisco as a bike messenger, Cadence Collection founder Dustin Klein couldn’t find interesting and durable clothes that would hold up to his long hours on the bike. So Klein taught himself how to sew and began making small cycling pieces to suit his needs.
In 2010, Klein was able to expand the line of apparel and Cadence Collection became one of the pioneers in cycling denim.
More info: www.cadencecollection.com
Mosaic Coffee and Breeze Bars
Aaron Barcheck of Mosaic Cycles teamed up with friends from Breeze Bars (a fellow Boulder company that makes snack bars) to distribute coffee and treats each morning.
Barcheck isn’t just skilled at building beautiful titanium and steel bikes; he can also pull a mean espresso. Pairing each coffee with a Cocoa Espresso Breeze Bar had many of the NAHBS frame builders raring to go each morning.
More info: breezebars.com
Founders Jonathan Schneider and Richard Grossman enthusiastically shared Road Holland’s line of classically styled cycling clothing. The duo started Road Holland four years ago after searching unsuccessfully for stylish and affordable technical clothes for cyclist. The company prides itself on providing cycling apparel that looks great on the bike and won’t leave you feeling awkward when stopping for a cup of coffee mid-ride.
Road Holland’s merino wool/polyester blended cycling apparel is constructed almost entirely in Miami, Florida. The company is proud of its ‘made in America’ process and hopes customers will support these value as well.
You won’t find pink and flowery designs on Road Holland’s women’s cycling. The company’s signature simple and classic styles are present even throughout the women’s line.
More info: www.roadholland.com
Price: $130-$150 for short and long sleeve jerseys
Gates Carbon Drive
Gates Carbon Drive was a big hitter at NAHBS this year with many frame builders showcasing bikes spec’d with Gates chainless drive train.
Gates Carbon Drive belts are built with a carbon fiber core that is surrounded with a polyurethane compound. The carbon core makes for a very durable and reliable system. Every belt is made in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, just an hour drive from NAHBS this year.
Since Gates Carbon Drive aren’t compatible with front and rear derailleurs, bikes using this system are either single speeds or have internally geared hubs. Many of the fat bikes presented at NAHBS used Gates belt drives with an internally geared hub from Rohloff. Using this drive train combination solves many of the shifting problems caused by riding during winter.
More info: www.gatescarbondrive.com