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NAHBS 2015 – Louisville Kentucky

The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show is sort of like ‘Fashion Week’ for bicycles. All of the newest and wildest, bike couture assemble in one exhibit hall and work the cat-walk like the supermodels of the two wheeled fashion universe. There’s something for every sort of bike-nut at the show, from outlandish modernity to stodgy old school classics. This year’s bike fashion show took place in snowy Louisville Kentucky. As you all know, we focus on the fat and plus sized fashion industry, so I’ve assembled all of the hawt chunky goodness from the show, in a Spring of ’15, fashion portfolio, that’s sure to get your motor running.

ATM Handmade Goods

ATMbaghgh

ATM Handmade Goods out of KC had some great looking bags in their booth and at the Blacksheep and Oddity Cycles Booth. We’ll be testing one of their bags this summer!

Blacksheep Couture Collection Spring ’15

black bag

Paracord Lashing holds this ATM Bag to this gorgeous Blacksheep Fatty!

blacksheep bag side

blackshhep side

blacksheep headbadge

Easy Rider Head-badge by Jen Green

blacksheep rackage

blacksheep rach side

Boo Bicycles Spring Collection

Our Amigos from Boo Bicycles were on hand with the Alubooyah that Amanda Miller rode to victory in the USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships in Utah. That’s mi hermano Adam below.

boo champ

boo dot

I love this blue polka-dot Alubooyah

boo headbadge

boo dots

They also had a boo all rigged up with Old Man Mountain Racks

boo side rack bike

boo rack

Monster Vanhelga’s – This shot is for Adam!

Kent Eriksen – Fashion Forward

eriksen side

Eriksen featured this little beauty in their booth.

eriksen headbadge

More Chris King Headsets per square foot than anywhere else in the country = Fashion Week

eriksen i9 hub hugo

I9 Hubs and Stan’s Hugo Rims on the Eriksen

eriksen fork

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa had this demi-cargo fatty in their booth.

iowa side

Bags go behind the seat tube. This bike raced the arrowhead 135 this year.

iowa rear

That’s right – Singlespeed!

Kish Fabrication Line

kishdarko

Kish Fabrication chose pink for their fashion fatty.

kish front wheel

Moonmen

moonmem side

Moonmen are so rad!

moonmen hedabadge

This is one fat-bike that I simply must ride some day!

moonmen head cluster

moonmen quarter

moonmen q

Oddity Cycles – Fashionistas de Cuba

Burnsey from Oddity Cycles basically saved my life with an ice cold beer and a sweet crocheted beer koosie!

oddity side n

oddity quarter

More Custom ATM Bags on the Oddity Fat Bizzle

oddity bags

Peacock Groove – Copper & Periwinkle

Andy from HED worked with Eric from Peacock Groove to make a 24″ wheeled fatty.

peacck 24

Those are custom made Hed Carbon Rims in 24″

peackocgroove

Quiring Cycles fresh from Monte Carlo

Quiring had some beautifully handmade fat and 29+ rigs in their booth!

quiring plus racer

This is Scott Quiring’s 29+ Race Bike. Scott shared some big news with me! Arrowhead 135 Champion, Jorden Wakeley will be racing for Quiring next year!

quiring green quarter

Jorden will be tearing it up at the Ore to Shore and the Lumberjack 100 on one of Scott’s titanium race rails and rocking 29+ wheels this summer!

quiring headbadge

quiring plus yoke

Scott also makes some gorgeous Ti Fatness

quiring flame fork

This fatty has couplers!

quiring fat yolk

Quiring also had fat tandems in their booth.

quiring tanden quarter

quiring tandem

REEB – Liquid Couture

Our friends from REEB had the next generation of power transfer built into one of their Donk Fat-Bikes!

reeb side

The Pinion Gearbox is on our short list of things that we need to test!

reeb pinion

Retrotec

I’m a long time fan of Retrotec and Curtis had been good enough to share some glimpses of what he had planned for NAHBS. He had an Orange fatty and a Blue 29+ bike at the show.

Retrotec side

There are so many sweet details on this bike.

retrotec sude

That’s Curtis installing the new Paul Components Disc Brake Calipers

retrotec rear

retrotec rack

Rack with light mount

retrotec hub

Paul Hubs!

retrotec dropout

New Paragon Thru-Axle Dropout

retrotec clearance

Our own Julio dot Com rides a Retrotec 29+

retrotec blue side

retrotec blue quarter

retrotec blue side b

retrotec blue plus

Vibe Cycles

Our old friends from Vibe had a beautifully subtle white on white Norse beast on display!

vibe full side

vibe topdowntubes

How’s that for an artful gusset?

vibe snowflake

Wiseman Frameworks

Our buddy from down in Chicago, Dave Wiseman had a Fatty with a Chicago Flag paint scheme.

wiseman goodside

wiseman detail

wiseman backside

Wiseman also had their fatty featured in Sram”s booth. Sram is also in Chicago

wiseman sram

Savvy Cycles

woodyfied

Savvy Cycles laminates Ash and Hickory to make a fatty that you don’t want to get too close to the old campfire!

woody head

woody detail

Zen Bicycle Fabrication – B+ is all the rage!

Our friends at ZEN are going to start selling bikes under their brand. Zen has been building bikes for other brands out in Portland for years.

Zen b plus

This is the Zen EXP. An adventure bike built around the B+ wheel size!

zen bplus vee tire

B+ Tires – wider than the 29+ Knard, but the same diameter as a regular 29’r.

zen exp back

zen traxx fatty

The show bike had this sweet hyro-coating paint job, but the stock exp’s will come raw.

zen mrp fork

A stock MRP 29’r fork has enough width to clear the 3.25″ B+ Tire

That about wraps up bike fashion week or as you may call it, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you!

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7 Responses to NAHBS 2015 – Louisville Kentucky

  1. AndrewtheMaker March 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Thanks for the write up Gomez! It was awesome to hang out with you this weekend! I will be in touch.

  2. Zachary Brown March 9, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Awesome photos and coverage compadre! Those are some wicked looking bikes. Suprised not as much 650b+ as I thought would be there. But maybe that isn’t fat….

    • Gomez March 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      We just say B+

  3. Jen Green March 9, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Great photos. Thanks! I wasn’t able to make the trip with the snowstorm and I really wanted to see the badges installed. I think about half these have them!!! Stoked.

  4. Intheways March 10, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Anyone know what kind of bags are in the EXP?

  5. Lance Lau March 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    great writeup! it’s almost as good as being there. It’s great to see so much fat stuff catching on!