Photo gallery: 2019 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Part One

by James Huang


The North American Handmade Bicycle Show just wrapped up its 15th edition. Aside from the inaugural event in Houston, I’ve attended every single one. You might think that after 14 straight years of making the annual pilgrimage to the mecca of custom bikes that all of this luster might be wearing a little thin for me. To be honest, I sometimes head into this time of year feeling a bit weary, like I’ve seen it all before. Surely there couldn’t possibly be any more creativity than I’ve already witnessed in years past?

But yet, every year, I find myself heading home after NAHBS feeling recharged and excited about bikes all over again, not beaten down by another lap on the merry-go-round. If you’ve never attended NAHBS, you owe it to yourself to invest the time and money to pay the show a visit at least once. And don’t be fooled; the show floor is never all that big in terms of physical area, but it never fails to amaze me how long it takes to make it through just a single aisle. So much to see, so much to appreciate.

That said, you’ll have to forgive me for adopting a slightly different strategy to my coverage at this year’s event in Sacramento, California. Normally, I’d try to showcase at least one bike from every builder on hand, but I took a more targeted approach this time around, to instead try and find bikes that had stories behind them. The vast majority of these bikes aren’t built just to be pretty, after all; nearly every one of them was commissioned by someone with a specific vision or need in mind, and oftentimes those are just as important as the bikes themselves.

Rest assured, however, that I’ll still be presenting a fair number of galleries from the show floor, but expect to see a bunch of more detailed looks at individual bikes in the days and weeks ahead. And before you dive in, you’d better start making some room in the garage, and saving your pennies — because if you don’t come out of this lusting after a new bike like I did (and do every year), well, I’m not sure I can help you.

To kick things off, this gallery features the work of English Cycles, Civilian Bicycle Company, Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles, Low Bicycles, and Sarto Bikes.


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