While going back through my pics from the show, I was trying to figure out who this was cause the logo on the downtube is not very clear. Luckily Bike Rumor published this excellent interview with Hernan Montenegro today so the mystery was solved. Hernan does these carbon frames in Los Angeles and you can learn more on his website.
I lived in San Francisco for most of the 90s and left when things starting getting kinda crazy with the first dot com thing. Well things have gotten A LOT more crazy there since, so I was very happy to discover that a framebuilder was making a go of it in my old home town. The other cool thing is that Andrew Low is focused on aluminum, a material that seems to have been largely forgotten. Finally, Low Bicycles are no-nonsense, purpose-built race machines. I talked to Andrew for a while and he is a super cool guy. He’s only been doing this since 2010! Anyway, more pics after the jump, plus a video of Andrew talking at Mission Workshop.
I’m not super happy with the way my pics came out from the Victoria Cycles booth but this black and tan (yes, beer) 650b mtb was one of my favorite bikes at the show. In fact, of all the bikes I saw at NAHBS, this is the one that most made me want to just get on and ride away. These frames are built by Dave Hill in Salida, Colorado and the company is named after Dave’s wife, who I talked to briefly while snapping these pics. You can see a few more after the jump.
Ritchey brought several California-built bikes to NAHBS this year, all sporting the $450 “heritage” paint option (done by Rick at D&D Cycles in San Lorenzo, California). Love this camo paint–like the 80s Ritchey Commando. Check out the snow camo and orange/yellow fade after the jump!
And the purple award goes to Shamrock Cycles for this cool track bike!
Hard to beat a classic track bike in red! Love that fork! Check out the Caylor Cycles website for more info!
Breadwinner Cycles had one of the bigger displays at NAHBS this year. These babies are built with Columbus steel by Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira in Portland, Oregon. According to the website wait for a new custom frame is just 8 to 12 weeks. Not bad! Pretty cool little bike builder/configurator, too. Lots more pics after the jump!