Handmade Bike Show Review, Part 2

By Zap

Welcome to RBA’s part 2 coverage from the 10th annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show that was recently held in Louisville, Kentucky. With one more chapter from the show still to post, here’s another sampling of the beautiful bikes you missed by not being there. Keep in mind of course that the show will be re-locating to Sacramento, CA in late February next year so you have plenty of time to plan your travel.

Here’s what you missed in our part 1 coverage.


As usual, Tim O’Donnell was making waves with his flock of beautiful Shamrock steel bikes – this one which took home the Best Paint award. Stunning stuff from the mountain state of Indianapolis. www.lugoftheirish.com


Typifying the effort that goes into many of the bikes seen at NAHBS, Tim was showing of his stainless steel ‘cross bike and quipped, “I spent hours hand polishing those fillets – you could see yourself inn them – and then I painted over them!”


No. 22 is the specialty Ti builder that rose from the ashes of the vaunted Serotta brand. Although they took home the award for Best Cyclocross bike, it was their beautiful carbon/titanium hybrid that knocked my socks off. So elegant, the carbon seat tube was just enough to differentiate the bike from the slew of other titanium bikes on the floor.


As magnificent as many of the bikes at NAHBS are in full, more often than not, it’s in the details that they shine most. The craftsmanship that went into this dropout on the #22 road bike is a good example.

Sarto Cycles continues to push carbon boundaries with a wide variety of frame designs that come out of their frame shop located just outside of Venice, Italy. This is the bike that won the Campagnolo Build Contest. www.sartoantonio.com


Again, it’s the details found on so many NAHBS bikes that truly sets them apart from mass-produced bikes. From the sculpted seat tube, integrated seatpost clamp and unique seatstays, the Sarto definitely stood out in the crowd.

Although most famous for their carbon bikes (as seen on the April 2015 cover of RBA), Denver builder Alchemy also pumps out a number of titanium bikes. www.alchemybicycles.com


The detailed craftsmanship displayed by all the bikes in the Alchemy booth was impressive. Alchemy also introduced their first carbon mountain bike at the show – these guys are on it!


Repete Cycles was a new steel frame brand out of Prague, Czechoslovakia and they took the top award for Best Road Bike. However, the bike that really caught my attention was the track bike running a pair of Mavic disc wheels. www.repetecycles.com

Look for the final installment from NAHBS soon.


Shamrock BicyclesSarto CyclesAlchemy BicyclesReynoldsHandmade bikesRepete Cycles