One of the best things about the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the spotlight afforded to first-time exhibitors who take up an entire row in the hall. And just as occurs each year, this is where I not only find some of the most inspirational stories, but also some of the most impressive designs.
I first laid eyes on Cody Leuck as I gestured to him while conversing with industry vet (and King Cage founder) Ron Andrews about all the first-timers. “Look at that guy over there with just one bike and no literature to pass out. I bet the bike brand on his sign is actually his last name.”
If there was one thing that stood out about the bike it would have to be the first rate construction. From the thru-axles to the seat mast, the frame’s handiwork was really, really impressive.
“My real job is working with composites at an aerospace company. The frame is built using trapped rubber construction versus bladders and I had some friends at a machine shop make the molds for me. I painted the frame just last week in the parking lot at work and it weighs about 1200 grams.