Richard Sachs on New Framebuilders at NAHBS

I just read this opinion by Richard Sachs in Handbuilt Bicycle News twice and I’m still not sure what his point is. Toward the end he seems to conclude: “My observation is that the average person wants a fast(er) track to the workbench, one that bypasses a true learning and mentored experience.” This may be true. Seems like everything is speeding up these days. Just watch this 14 year old girl kick Eddy Van Halen’s ass on YouTube. So yes, the world is changing, things are different now, all kinds of information is more widely available, and people find different ways to learn a skill or trade. But I also wonder: is a “a true learning and mentored experience” available today in the way it once was? And if you go to UBI or similar, go slow, build 20 or so quality frames for friends and family, is there a reason you shouldn’t hang out your shingle and try to make a go of it? Also, it seems to me that the world of framebuilding has changed a lot less than many other areas–just ask a musician or a writer. Mostly his article reminds me of this scene from Gran Torino.

Victoria Cycles NAHBS 2016

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.

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Connor Wood Bicycles NAHBS 2016

Would you buy a wood bike? Here’s how Connor Wood Bicycles describes their bikes on their website:

STRONG – Steam bent, Kevlar reinforced and race tested
DURABLE – Protected with marine spar varnish
GREEN – Individually made from sustainable American hardwoods
BEAUTIFUL – Hand-sculpted ash and walnut woods
LOCAL – Made in Denver, CO USA

They are definitely beautiful and fun to look at! Lots more pics after the jump!

I have several hundred more pics to go through. Check back daily as I will be blogging two or three booths a day til done!

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