The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2014 (HAHBS) takes place in Charlotte NC this weekend. Being I am a cycling aficionado, I could not let the opportunity pass to visit the show. In past years, I’ve seen only pictures of the different hand made bikes in the pages of cycling magazines. So I made the trip today to the Charlotte Convention Center to check the event out.
I was NOT disappointed. I had a chance to see some really nice bikes, paint jobs and some very interesting ideas.
Rather than show picture and a bunch of text, let me just post a few comments and then you can check out the gallery of some of the most interesting bikes!
- There were many manufacturers with wood bikes. The frames were all wood and while not exactly my cup of tea, they are nevertheless amazing. I must say I have never ridden a wood bike before, so who knows… If I were to try one out I might like it.
- Same for bamboo. There were quite a few bamboo and hybrid bamboo bikes. They were all equally amazing.
- There was a vendor there that had a technique to take a mold in plaster of your feet. He then would use that as a mold to create a hand-made carbon fiber shoe! The shoes were pricey but looked awesome. The manufacturer said he obtained his knowledge from making custom ice skates. These shoes were amazing.
- There was one manufacturer that made a carbon bike with a honeycomb open air weave of carbon. Most unusual. I have seen pictures of a dude in Europe that made something similar but this was over the top.
- Several bikes had alternate power supplies – electric motors that is.
- Tandems. Many tandems. In all kinds of materials. Interesting that many had belt drives instead of chains. Incidentally, my cousin Bob has been using a belt drive on his Seven tandem for many years now with very successful results.
- Pay close attention towards the end of the gallery – there is a red bike with some really intricate details. The builder is from Japan and the bike had a $20,000 price tag. Certainly very artistic and the details had many, many hours’ worth of work written all over them.
An so, here is a full gallery of the photos I took today. Yes, some of the pics are not exactly great since I took them with my iPhone. But you get the idea…
Well – what do you think? Comments are welcome!