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
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
Paracord Lashing holds this ATM Bag to this gorgeous Blacksheep Fatty!
Easy Rider Head-badge by Jen Green
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.
I love this blue polka-dot Alubooyah
They also had a boo all rigged up with Old Man Mountain Racks
Monster Vanhelga’s – This shot is for Adam!
Kent Eriksen – Fashion Forward
Eriksen featured this little beauty in their booth.
More Chris King Headsets per square foot than anywhere else in the country = Fashion Week
I9 Hubs and Stan’s Hugo Rims on the Eriksen
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa had this demi-cargo fatty in their booth.
Bags go behind the seat tube. This bike raced the arrowhead 135 this year.
That’s right – Singlespeed!
Kish Fabrication Line
Kish Fabrication chose pink for their fashion fatty.
Moonmen are so rad!
This is one fat-bike that I simply must ride some day!
Oddity Cycles – Fashionistas de Cuba
Burnsey from Oddity Cycles basically saved my life with an ice cold beer and a sweet crocheted beer koosie!
More Custom ATM Bags on the Oddity Fat Bizzle
Peacock Groove – Copper & Periwinkle
Andy from HED worked with Eric from Peacock Groove to make a 24″ wheeled fatty.
Those are custom made Hed Carbon Rims in 24″
Quiring Cycles fresh from Monte Carlo
Quiring had some beautifully handmade fat and 29+ rigs in their booth!
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!
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!
Scott also makes some gorgeous Ti Fatness
This fatty has couplers!
Quiring also had fat tandems in their booth.
REEB – Liquid Couture
Our friends from REEB had the next generation of power transfer built into one of their Donk Fat-Bikes!
The Pinion Gearbox is on our short list of things that we need to test!
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.
There are so many sweet details on this bike.
That’s Curtis installing the new Paul Components Disc Brake Calipers
Rack with light mount
New Paragon Thru-Axle Dropout
Our own Julio dot Com rides a Retrotec 29+
Our old friends from Vibe had a beautifully subtle white on white Norse beast on display!
How’s that for an artful gusset?
Our buddy from down in Chicago, Dave Wiseman had a Fatty with a Chicago Flag paint scheme.
Wiseman also had their fatty featured in Sram”s booth. Sram is also in Chicago
Savvy Cycles laminates Ash and Hickory to make a fatty that you don’t want to get too close to the old campfire!
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.
This is the Zen EXP. An adventure bike built around the B+ wheel size!
B+ Tires – wider than the 29+ Knard, but the same diameter as a regular 29’r.
The show bike had this sweet hyro-coating paint job, but the stock exp’s will come raw.
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!