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You hold in your hand a guide to the finest collection of bicycle framebuilders assembled anywhere in the world. These are the framebuilders of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and they put their heart and soul into each original detail, custom lug, delicate braze or perfected weld that characterizes the skillfully crafted bicycles they produce. Framebuilding is truly a labor of love, and NAHBS was created as a medium to validate the talents and ingenuity of these extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their lives to the art of fabricating bicycle frames. Whether you are attending the show in person or viewing this guide after the show, the show organization and the exhibitors are sincerely delighted to have your interest, be it as an appreciative eye or as a future customer. Whether filet brazing a lug, mitering a tube, sizing up a rider, or seeing a finished frame leaving the shop after many hours of work, framebuilders never seem to get over one thing: how much satisfaction and enjoyment we get from doing what we do. It is hard to describe the pride of producing a frame that you know is exceptional and having the owner come back to tell you how much they enjoy riding it. I don’t know any framebuilders who did not first have a love of cycling themselves before venturing into framebuilding. For us to know that we have satisfied you as a customer and have enhanced your cycling experience is the greatest reward any framebuilder can have. The relationship between framebuilder and rider is quite a special one, and we spend a lot of time getting to know the customer when designing a frame. Developing this relationship is a very personal process that often lasts a lifetime and grows as the customer’s cycling experience and needs change over time. This is one of the beauties of NAHBS. The show is such a great opportunity for the public to meet the framebuilders in person, see the different approaches to making a bicycle and decide which framebuilder might share with you their visions of a dream bike. How you click with the framebuilder you choose is a big part of the whole process. For me, it is hugely satisfying to see the show floor full of people engaged in conversation with the exhibitors. This is the way it should work, and it makes the countless hours that my small team and I put into organizing this show all the more worthwhile. So welcome to the world of the handmade bicycles. I very much hope you find what you are looking for and that at the very least you gain a deeper understanding of the handmade bicycles and frames that are available and what it has taken to bring together, under one roof, such a marvelous array of bicycling hardware. Don Walker Founder, North American Handmade Bicycle Show

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Getting Juiced up on Art and Bikes by Laura Brennan


level through the act of cycling but A new event is planned during the also on an emotional level,” said North American Handmade Bicycle Show Anna Schwinn, Zipp Speed Weaponry to get Indianapolis, Ind., and other parts engineer. Schwinn works as a of the country juiced up on both bikes bicycle component designer and her and art. O2 Sports Marketing has joined boyfriend Alan works as an apprentice with NAHBS to present ArtBike!, which framebuilder. will debut during NAHBS with a gallery “Through ArtBike! and our mutual showing and a party and then travel to passion for bicycles, we have been able other parts of the country. to combine our creative forces to align The new event has been created to subject, medium and style to physically mix the flavors of the arts and cycling create,” she said. “We now spend a communities. At NAHBS, ArtBike! will Photo Courtesy of Anna Schwinn few hours every night working on our feature an open bike art contest displayed Anna Schwinn xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. ArtBike! submissions and are constantly at NAHBS and the local Big Car Gallery. in the process of collecting material for The event will show off NAHBS exhibitors’ future, non-cycling-oriented art.” bikes exhibited in galleries and include cycling-related artwork by local elementary and high school ArtBike! also was set up as a way to convince kids that being healthy and creative is fun and cool. Several schools in the greater students. Indianapolis area have been invited to participate in ArtBike! by To celebrate the NAHBS 2009 kick-off, the event will host a providing bicycle-related student art projects. Lighthouse Charter killer party on Friday, Feb. 27, at Big Car Gallery in Indy’s own School was the first to climb aboard. Fountain Square, the city’s cultural center. You can expect music ArtBike!’s ultimate goal is to gain sponsorship and go from by local bands and deejays, a dance floor for energetic feet, gold city to city preaching the gospel of a better way of living. The sprints (a.k.a. Roller Races), the exclusive NAHBS VIP Room, next organized ArtBike! is March 14 at South By Southwest in art, bikes, and a raffle with an alluring list of grip. The party Austin, Texas. The Austin event is presented with bikehugger. and event will raise money for Indy bike and art nonprofits. In com, a bike culture blog and retail site. addition, cycling painter Steve Dennis will be auctioning off an The ArtBike!/Bikehugger event at South by Southwest will be autographed painting of Christian Vande Velde. “ArtBike! brings a breath of inspired fresh air to the whole a three-part event. First, there will be an urban ride, then a tent concept of NAHBS,” said NAHBS founder Don Walker. party/barbecue with a raffle and a display of local artists’ work ArtBike! joins together two positively charged and and bike art projects from school-age kids, followed by an afterprogressive communities. party at Mellow Johnny’s. “ArtBike! gave us an opportunity to focus our creative For more information about ArtBike! visit www. energies on a subject that not only energizes us on a physical or

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Ahearne Cycles / 503.473.2102 / 108 N. Page St., Portland, OR 97227 / page 17 Alchemy Bicycles / 210.488.5183 / page16 / 14555 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216

CCP Ltd. / 81.3.3618.5651 / 3.20.6 Tachibana, Sumida Ward, Tokyo, Japan / page 6

Dedacciai / 39.0373.74499 / Via Leonardo Da Vinci, 19, 26013 Campagnola Cremasca, Italy

Cherubim by Shin-ichi Konno / 81.42.791.3477, 381. 1 Negishicho, Machida, Tokyo 194.0034, Japan / page 19

Della Santa Cycles / 775.322.2305 / PO BOX 6771 Reno, NV 89513 / page 23

Alternative Needs Transportation / 508.429.3350 / 24 Water St, Holliston, MA 01746 / page 17

Chris King Precision Components / 503.758.5924 / 2801 NW Nela St., Portland, OR 97210

DeSalvo Custom Cycles / 541.621.8408 / 292 Van Ness Ave, Ashland, OR 97520 / page 26

Baily Works, Inc. / 603.502.7786 / 909 Islington, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Cicli Polito / 440.263.1263 / 1329 W. 78th St., Cleveland, OH 44102 / page 20

Dirt Rag / 412.767.9910 / 3483 Saxonburg Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / page 13

Bicycle Forest / 519.885.5995 / 158 Homewood Ave, Waterloo, Ontario N2M 1W9, Canada,17 / page 17

Coho Bicycles / 336.495.1249 / 3623 Bethany Church Rd., Franklinville, NC 27248 / page 20

Dominguez Cycles / 651.214.9903 / 4 Benhill Rd, St. Paul, MN 55105 / page 26

Bicycle Times / 800.762.7617 / 3483 Saxonburg Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 / page 13

Columbus / 39.02.952991 / Via G. Di Vittorio, 20090 Caleppio Di Settala, MI, Italy / pages 7 & 46

Don Walker Cycles / 317.731.4040 / 1108 Allsiion Ave, Speedway, Indiana 46224 / page 27

Bilenky Cycle Works / 800.213.6388 / 5319 North 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19120 / page 18

Co-Motion Cycles, Inc. / 541.342.4583 / 4765 Pacific Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 / page 20

Ellis Cycles / 262.806.7377 / 500 Racine St, Waterford, WI 53185 / page 29

Broakland Bicycles / 510.677.6244 / 4266 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 / page 18

Continental / 618.395.8088 / 1909 Miller Dr. Olney, IL, 62450

Engin Cycles / 215.248.2829 / 7837 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 / page 27

Caletti Cycles / 831.426.0575 / 218 Brookside Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 / page 19

Courage Bicycles / 503.572.4169 / 2424 NE 48th Ave, Portland, OR 97213 / page 21

Ergon USA / 323.656.2788 / 7616 Lexington Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046 / page 5

Calfee Design / 831.728.1859 / 783 San Andreas Rd, Bldg 681, La Selva Beach, CA 95076 / page 19

Crumpton Cycles / 512.459.7458 / 1211 West St. Johns, Austin, TX 78757 / page 21

Eriksen Cycles / 970.879.8484 / 1136 Yampa St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 / page 28

Campagnolo North America / 760.931.0106 / 5431 Avenida Encinas, Suite C, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Cyfac International / 610.896.0388 / 153 Allgates Dr, Haverford, PA 19041 / page 21

Fizik / 618.395.8088 / 1909 Miller Dr, Olney, IL 62450

Cane Creek / 800.234.2725 / 355 Cane Creek Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732

De Rosa / 713.690.9413 / 5800 Windfern Ln, Houston, TX 77041 / pages 24-25

Geekhouse Bicycles / 617.777.2088 / 15 West Sorrento St, Boston, MA 02134 / page 29

Cantitoe Road / 800.422.2104 / 2106 Rollingwood Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Dean Titanium Bikes / 800.545.2535 / 6560 Odell,Unit E1, Boulder, CO 80301 / page 23

Goodrich Bicycles / 612.788.6812 / 2010 East Hennepin Ave, Suite 04.023, Minneapolis, MN 55413 / page 29

Groovy Cycleworks / 330.988.0537 / 340 E. Liberty St., Suite B, Wooster, OH 44691 / page 30 Hed Wheels / 651.653.0202 / 4643 Chatsworth St. N, Shoreview, MN 55126 Henry James Bicycles / 310.540.1552 / 704 Elvira Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 / page 30 Highway Two / 618.395.8088 / 1909 Miller Dr, Olney, IL 62450 Hufnagel Cycles / 512.619.6632 / 512 SE Madison, Portland, OR 97214 / page 30 Hunter Cycles / 831.761.3528 / PO BOX 1421, Soquel, CA 95073 / page 32 Igleheart Custom Frames / 978.626.1193 / #9 Walnut Road, Wenham, MA 01984 / page 32 Independent Fabrication / 617.666.3609 / 86 Joy St, Somerville, MA 02143 / page 33 Keith Anderson Cycles / 541.471.4114 / 222 N. Marble Dr, Grants Pass, OR 97526 / page 33 K. Bedford Customs / 518.538.8055 / 10 S. Greenfield Rd, Greenfield Center, NY 12833 / page 35 Kimori Co. Ltd. / 81.77.568.4598 / 359 Shinanaka machi, Kusatsu City, Shiga 525.0006 / page 34 Kirk Frameworks Company / 800.605.5475 / 329 Little Wolf Rd, Bozeman, MT 59715 / page 35 KirkLee Sports / 512.371.9661 1006 Brentwood St, Austin, TX 78757 / page 36 L.H. Thomson / 478.788.5052 / 7800 NE Industrial Blvd, Macon, GA 31216



MAP Bicycles, LLC / 415.203.6352 / 6910 N. Leavitt Ave, Portland, OR 97203 / page 36

Retrotec/Inglis Cycles / 707.258.2203 / 3186 Laurel St, Napa, CA 94558 / page 39

Sillgey Cyclery, Inc. / 512.669.1252 / 6232 Sierra Palos Rd, Irvine, CA 92603 / page 44

Momentum Magazine / 604.669.9850 / 214. 425 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3, Canada

Reynolds Technology / Birmingham, England

Snappy Caps / 402.742.6322 / 3135 Mayflower Ave, Lincoln, NE 68502

Mountain Flyer Magazine / 970.641.1804 / PO BOX 272, Gunnison, CO 81230

Rich Adams Custom Fabrication / 570.970.3008 / Rear 59 N, Main St, Wilkes Barre, PA 18701 / page 41

Southwest Frameworks / 214.358.2579 8634 Wingate Dr, Dallas, TX 75209 / page 45

Moots / 970.879.1676 / 2545 Copper Ridge Dr, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 / page 37

Richard Sachs Cycles / 860.526.2059 / No 9 North Main St, Chester, CT 06412 / page 40

Spectrum Powder Works / 719.633.5560 / 2170 Spectra Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 / page 45

Naked Bicycles and Design / 250.285.3181 / 1039 Gowlland Harbor, Heriot Bay, Quadra Island, BC, V0P 1H036

RR Velo / 831.761.2012 / 247 Strawberry Rd, Watsonville, CA 95073, page 41

Sputnik Tool / 207.359.4607 / 370 Old County Rd, Sedgwick, ME 04676

National Insurance Professionals Corp. 360.697.3611 / / PO BOX 834, Poulsbo, WA 98370.0834 / page 22

Sadilah / 619.708.3981 / 1337 Stanislaus Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91913 / page 41

SRAM / 312.664.8800 / 1333 N. Kingsbury, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60642

Nobilette Cycles / 303.772.8139 / 2563 S, Horseshoe Cir, Longmont, CO 80504 / page 38

Screen Specialties / 336.982.4135 / 8406 NC HWY 163, West Jefferson, NC 28694

Strong Frames, Inc. / 800.586.1105 / 701 E. Mendenhall, Bozeman, MT 59715 / page 45

Nova Cycle Supply / 916.624.6549 / 4111 Citrus Ave, Rocklin, CA 95677

Selle Italia-ProNet / 360.782.2463 / 910 North Cambrian Ave, Bremerton, WA 98312

Suzanne Carlsen / 416.465.7682 / 558 Jones Ave,#2, Toronto, Ontario M4J 3H1

October Hand Made Bikes / 781.258.2444 / 271 Western Ave, B2, Lynn, MA 01904 / page 38

Selle An-Atomica / 707.372.6540 / Box 2424, Fairfield, CA 94533

Sycip Design / 707.542.6359 / 111 5th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 / page 47

Paragon Machine Works / 510.232.3223 / 253 S, 25th St., Richmond, CA 94804 / page 38

Serotta Competition Bicycles / 518.584.8100 / 41 Geyser Rd, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 / page 43

TANGE / 734.657.6996 / 661 Natoma St, San Francisco, CA 94103 / page 14

Parlee Cycles, Inc. / 978.977.7474 / 119 R Foster St, Bldg 13, Peabody, MA 01960 / page 39

Serotta Intl. Cycling Institute / 513.731.9111 / 3010 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

The Vanilla Workshop / 503.233.2453 / 717 SE 35th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 / page 48

Paul Component Engineering / 530.345.4371 / 11204 Midway, Chico, CA 95928 / page 4

Shamrock Cycles / 317.513.4358 / 5617 Guilford Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220 / page 43

True Fabrication / 512.709.5936 / 11716 Spotted Horse Drive, Austin, TX 78759 / page 47

Peacock Groove Bicycles / 651.269.5295 / 1895 Iglehart Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104 / page 39

Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel / 510.535.9923 / 4701 San Leandro #102J, Oakland, CA 94601 / page 7

True Temper / 901.746.2064 / 8275 Tournament Dr, Suite 200, Memphis, TN 38125 / page 11

Pro Bikes, Ltd. / 317.507.5398 / 14129 W. Hilltop Cr, Daleville, IN 47334

Shimano / 949.470.4118 / 1 Holland Drive, Irvine, CA 92618 / page 52

Urban Velo / 412.720.2311 / PO BOX 9040, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Renova / 39.0543.783281 / Via Selva 23/25, 47100 Forli, Italy

Signal Cycles / 503.313.9800 / 5329 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97217 / page 43

Velo Colour / 647.501.8166 / 558 Jones Ave, #2, Toronto, Ontario M4J3H1

Velo Orange / 443.949.8115 / 1819 George Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401 Velocity USA / 800.453.6126 / 2280 29th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 Ventana Mountain Bikes USA / 916.631.0544 / PO BOX 39, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741 / page 47 Vicious Cycles / 845.883.4303 / 205 South Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 / page 49 Villin Cycle Works / 352.372.3015 / 3003 NE 19th Dr, Bay 3, Gainsville, FL 32601 / page 49 Waterford Precision Cycles / 262.534.4190 / 816 W. Bakke, Waterford, WI 53185 / page 49 White Brothers / 970.241.3518 / 580 N. Westgate, Grand Junction, CO 81505 White Industries / 707.769.5600 / 1325 Ross St, Petaluma, CA 94954 Wipperman / 800.422.2104 / 2106 Rollingwood Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525 Yipsan Bicycles / 970.215.5806 / 2313 Marshwood Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80526 / page 50 Zipp Speed Weaponry / 317.481.1120 / 1180 N Main St, Speedway, Indiana 46224 / page 2 ZR Cycles / 847.212.8347 / 4235 Argosy Ct, Unit A, Madison, WI 53714 / page 50

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Ahearne Cycles / Joseph Ahearne Handbuilt with Love and Fury Ahearne Cycles is known for unique, intelligently designed steel bicycle frames, racks and other miscellany. Based in Portland, Ore., Joseph Ahearne builds custom bikes and racks of all types. He specializes in clever, functional bicycles that are elegant and practical and has a keen eye for the beauty of usefulness. Joseph Ahearne has a desire to keep bicycles fun and interesting for himself and for everyone else. He hopes to someday see human-powered machines as the main mode of transportation on the road.. He also believes that life is simply too short to ride mediocre bicycles.

Portland, Ore. / 503.473.2102 /

Alternative Needs Transportation Alternative Needs Transportation, or ANT, is a small bicycle factory owned and operated by Mike Flanigan and Betsy Scola in Holliston, Mass. ANT specializes in making complete bicycles for the transportation market by producing the Light Roadster commuter and front-loading cargo bicycles. All of our bicycles are fully equipped with all the needed accoutrements to travel by bicycle safely and the ability to carry your things. ANT bicycles have solid classic colors adorned with an acidetched nameplate with no other names or obnoxious logos. Mike has a background in fabricating all-steel bicycles that are TIG welded, so for the most part that is what an ANT is. At ANT we like to use True Temper steel-butted tubing (USA), and we fabricate the frames, forks, stems and racks on all ANT bicycles. Powder coating, wheel building and assembly are done in-house for a complete building process from order to delivery.

/ Mike Flanigan


Holliston, Mass. / 508.429.3350 /

Bicycle Forest Bicycle Forest is known for such playful cycle designs as the Couchbike, the Hulabike and the Treadmill Bike, but its most significant contribution to the bicycle industry is its BikeCAD frame design software. BikeCAD has been popular among framebuilders since 1998. Originally developed as a tool for designing frames and determining the lengths and angles at which to cut the tubes, BikeCAD has grown to address more and more framebuilding challenges. BikeCAD can now account for paint, components and accessories, as well as rider fitting. BikeCAD is available as a free online tool and also as a standalone application called BikeCAD Pro. The popularity of BikeCAD among consumers has made BikeCAD Pro a musthave for commercial framebuilders and bicycle fit specialists.

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Bilenky Cycle Works

/ Stephen Bilenky

My tinkering career began at age three with a percolator coffee pot. I sat on the kitchen floor taking it apart and putting it back together, preparing the skill set for my tween years’ Sturmey Archer three-speed hub rescue missions. Now the BCW framebuilding superheroes stand ready to take on your bike-building project. Our happy, dirty place turns out exquisite, clean machines. Whether it’s rideable jewelry or utilitarian workhorses, each frame gives evidence to the Bilenky pursuit of aesthetic functionality. For more than 25 years, it has been our mission to build light, practical and beautiful self-propelled fun.



Broakland Bicycles

/ two Jasons and a Steve

What do you get when you mix a bike designer, graffiti artist and a high-end bicycle fabricator in Oakland California? You get a quality Broakland track frame. One-hundred percent handmade, designed and painted in Oakland since 2006, Broakland brings the past and the present together in well thought out designs. Their custom blended tube-sets bring you a ride that is quick and comfortable, tough and simple—just the way you like it. As a matter of fact, it’s the way they like it, too, because it is owned and operated by people who ride their bikes every day. Stop by the Broakland booth to meet the guys or visit them online to learn more about the sick creations from this unholy trinity of evil genius. Broakland Bicycles is located at 4266 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, Calif., 94611.

Oakland, Calif. / 510.677.6244 /

Caletti Cycles

/ John Caletti

John Caletti builds modern, high-performance bicycles one at a time out of his Santa Cruz, Calif., workshop. Each handcrafted bicycle is a labor of love designed to enhance the rider’s cycling experience. John enjoys riding and building road, mountain, cyclocross and commuter bikes.

Santa Cruz, Calif. / 831.426.0575 /

/ Craig Calfee

One of the pioneers of carbon fiber framebuilding, Craig Calfee got his start in 1987. He invented three different ways of making carbon fiber frames and was the first to offer them in custom geometry. Calfee has a form-follows-function aesthetic that is shown in the materials selection and construction method. Inspired by forms found in nature, Craig has even explored natural materials, such as bamboo and hemp, for framebuilding. The bikes are meant to be ridden at the highest levels of competition, as well as for pure enjoyment. Most frames are made to order, even the stock geometry frames. Rider weight and riding style are taken into account. Some customers have logged more than 130,000 miles on their Calfee frames. Calfee takes pride in customer satisfaction for the long term, including offering a carbon repair service and a second life warranty policy for second (or third) owners. Calfee also produces a one-piece handlebar and stem unit (the BarStem).

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La Selva Beach, Calif. / 831.728.1859 /

CHERUBIM by Konno Cycleworks Founded in 1965, CHERUBIM represents the history of custom framebuilding in Japan. Three Konno brothers and their frames— CHERUBIM, 3Rensho and Miyuki — led the early age of the framebuilding industry in the country, and CHERUBIM is the only surviving brand with the family tradition. CHERUBIM was the frame supplier for the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games. CHERUBIM frames embody decades of ongoing research and uncompromising craftsmanship and have won seven consecutive Best Handmade Bicycle Awards from 1998 to 2005 in the prestigious annual show sponsored by the Japan Cycling Association. Under the leadership of Shin-ichi Konno, chief builder and son of founder Hitoshi Konno, CHERUBIM continues to live by its founding spirit of fusing innovation and tradition. We eagerly look forward to presenting our frames and bicycles as the first exhibitor with NJS keirin certification to participate in NAHBS.

/ Shin-ichi Konno

Tokyo, Japan / 81.42.791.3477 /

Cicli Polito / Dan Polito deconstructeur // reconstructeur “Since crucial to anything we make is the way it is positioned and aimed, the contemplations are in some sense practical offerings to use in sharpening that aim.” – Keller Easterling A bicycle is not always cleanly carved into categories of road, track, commuter or mountain bike; nor is it a machine so sterile that it exists merely in wall thicknesses, butt lengths and grams. A custom bicycle assays the contemplation, among others, that there is more to the bike than the bike. Cicli Polito is a one-person artisan frame shop in Cleveland, Ohio, producing fine bicycles in execution and aesthetic. Framesets are crafted one at a time, distinctly aimed to address your contemplations.

Cleveland, Ohio / 440.263.1263 /

Co-Motion Cycles


Co-Motion Cycles manufactures tandems, road bikes, touring and travel bicycles in Eugene, Ore. For 21 years, we’ve taken a practical approach to identifying the needs of bicyclists and creating designs that focus on the ultimate purpose of each bike. Here, the art of the bicycle lies in its functionality. Artifice and elaboration are discarded, revealing the true beauty at the core of what cycling really is: The perfect union of the cyclist and cycle.

Eugene, Ore. / 541.342.4583 /

Coho Bicycles / Chuck Lathe “If you ride bicycles long enough, you might decide that it’s hard to ride them as well as you’d like.” I started riding bicycles in the 1950s, and I’m still working on my style. On top of that, as far back as 1970, when I upgraded from a Schwinn Continental to a Gitane Tour de France, I’ve had the bug to build bicycles. During the winter of 2006, I completed the United Bicycle Institute framebuilding course and started building bicycles. And in summer 2007, with one son married and the other off to college, Nina and I packed up and moved to Franklinville, N.C., where I began building Coho bicycles for riders who are trying very hard to ride well. We think the Cohos are helping.

Franklinville, N.C. / 336.495.1249 /

COURAGE Bicycles

/ Aaron Hayes

COURAGE Bicycles are built by Aaron Hayes, an industrial designer living and working in Portland, Ore. Aaron draws on his extensive design and engineering background to develop a full spectrum of racing, touring and city bikes. COURAGE bicycles are often noted for their exquisite detail and superb craftsmanship.

Portland, Ore. / 503.572.4169 /

Crumpton Cycles

/ Nick Crumpton

Bicycles: from an early childhood escape to a way of life. The bare structure of his Schwinn Paramount stripped of paint gave Nick Crumpton an insight to the handcrafted world, and he envisioned one day becoming a builder himself. Many years later, Nick began learning the tools of the trade of steel fabrication under the forgiving eyes of Hans Schultz at GreenGear in Eugene, Ore. In 2001, Crumpton began extensive research in advanced composites and by 2003 was riding full carbon prototypes. Today Nick is still in pursuit of excellence as he offers his best in fit, performance and quality in his unique handcrafted bicycles.


Austin, Texas / 512.459.7458 /

Cyfac Nestled in France’s picturesque Loire Valley, Cyfac has been expertly crafting bicycle frames for more than 25 years. Drawing inspiration from the world-famous vineyards and epic cycling lanes of its terroir, our artisans infuse each frame with a time-honored attention to detail and passion for the sport. Full-custom, personalized and standard options are available at your local dealer and via our exclusive factory delivery program. If it’s time to own a bike that’s built for you, it’s time to own a bike built like no other.

Loire Valley, France 610.896.0388 / /

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Della Santa

/ Roland Della Santa

Roland Della Santa has been handcrafting extraordinary bicycles for 36 years and telling great stories for a bit longer. Over this time period, some of the world’s best cyclists have ridden and won on his creations. In talking with some Della Santa owners, it is a true testament to hear them say their Della Santa is the one bike they would never sell. This is high praise from top riders who are given the latest new frames to race and are supplied with whatever new carbon bit that is being promoted in the industry.

Reno, Nev. / 775.322.2305 /

Everything began just after the war. It was 1947, I was 13 years old and crazy about bikes. It was the time of the Sunday magazine, the Domenica del Corriere, with its covers drawn by Walter Molino illustrating the feats of Bartali and Coppi. For me, it was a time for studying but also for dreaming. And in the workshop of Filippo Fasci, one of my relatives, I dreamed of building myself a bike and becoming a champion. It was in that little workshop that my destiny was decided. When I was 18 I set up business on my own and began this difficult but wonderful adventure that I am still experiencing today, with the same strength, desire and enthusiasm as in those early years.

Behind the name De Rosa you will not find the usual single patriarchal run cycling company.

Led by over 2 generations of artisan and craftsman, the De Rosa brand has been at the forefront of technology, and victory since the 1950’s.

De Rosa works in all 4 materials-Carbon, Titanium, Steel and Alloy as standard production, as well as customization within each material. You cannot make a racing bike if you do not have working knowledge of the materials being used. By working with all 4 materials De Rosa produces the perfect frame according to the vision and performance needs of the client.

I am a man who goes straight to the point. And, by force of habit, I never look back and count the years I have spent making frames. I prefer to look ahead because, after working for half a century, I am still convinced that the bicycle has room for improvement. And just as I have done up till now, in the future too I want to contribute to the evolution of this fascinating vehicle, which is at the same time so simple and so complicated.

-Ugo de Rosa

Hand Crafted in Italy.

“3/2.5” in blue shown


If steel is the ultimate noble metal, titanium must be considered to be the king of metals. The titanium frame is a product which goes beyond fashions. It is a frame destined for genuine purists of top-of-the-range racing cycles and lovers of unique objects. Clearly there are different degrees of titanium, varying in terms of their quality, characteristics and price, and a number of alloys which are very different from one another. The peculiarities of titanium are well-known: offering practically unlimited resistance to wear, an excellent relationship between specific weight and performance and a very high elastic modulus. Perhaps because of this many frame manufacturers concentrate on other materials. Our titanium range includes two models, the “3/2.5” and the “TITANIO XS”. The TiXS is realised using “6.4” titanium alloy tubes, very light with particular pliability, which makes construction difficult. Using a single core block the headtube is CNC machined to gain maximum strengthand form.

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DeSalvo Custom Cycles


/ Mike DeSalvo

The 2009 NAHBS will mark 10 years (to the month) since I built my first frame. While there are other framebuilders who have been doing it longer, I still feel as though this is an accomplishment. As the years have passed, a lot has changed and some things haven’t. Constant for me is how much I enjoy taking a pile of tubes and creating a bicycle frame out of it. As my business has grown, I have resisted the urge to take on employees, fearing that I may turn more into a businessman and less of a framebuilder. So, as you can guess, I still personally build each frame that comes out of my shop, and I am confident it will stay that way. This allows me to constantly refine and improve my processes to always strive to build a better bicycle frame.

Ashland, Ore. / 541.621.8408 /

Domínguez Cycles Vincent Domínguez Cycles was founded in 2002 to provide handmade bicycles of uncompromisingly high quality and performance to discerning riders of odd and even sizes everywhere. Every Vincent Domínguez cycle is the embodiment of studied rider fit, purposeful design, attention to detail, meticulous construction and finish. The “Rabbit-Proof” guarantee is the Vincent Domínguez Cycles’ earmark of quality, which assures you of durability and long service life; a lifetime warranty covers all Vincent Domínguez Cycles’ handmade framesets, components and accessories. Vincent Domínguez Cycles specializes in complete single- and multigear randonneuring bicycles and their accessories. Vincent Domínguez Cycles also builds custom bicycles for road, track and off-road riding and racing. Complete maintenance and repair services are also available.

St. Paul, Minn. / 651.214.9903 /

Don Walker Cycles Don Walker’s passion for cycling started when he took up racing on the road at age 14 and a year later on the track at Hellyer Park Velodrome in San Jose, Calif. Using his skills set as an aircraft mechanic and his knowledge of racing at the Category 2 level, Don fabricates precise, refined bicycles designed to withstand the rigors of road and track racing yet delivering the highest performance. Don’s passion has helped riders of all levels to realize their potential. Over the years, his frames have won district, state, national and international competitions, including a silver medal by Shaun Wallace of Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games. In 2005, Don founded the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Don Walker specializes in fillet-brazed or lugged steel frames and has created bicycles of performance, durability and beauty in road, track, time trial, cyclocross and tandem styles.

Engin Cycles

Speedway, Ind. / 317.731.4040 /

/ Drew Guldalian

Photos: Kirk Thibault


Returning for the third time to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Engin Cycles looks forward to presenting a selection of bicycles that directly reflect the day-to-day work of builder Drew Guldalian. Having won the Best Off-Road Bicycle award last year with a 953-lugged stainless steel bicycle, Drew wanted to bring bicycles representative of the same high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. This year, four customers’ bicycles illustrate the standard of work regularly produced by Engin Cycles. These bikes feature handmade frames, forks, stems and seatposts. The introduction of the lugged seatpost last year has allowed Drew to tailor-build the bicycles from head to toe.

Philadelphia, Penn. / 215.248.2829 /

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

970.879.8484 /

Veteran framebuilder, mountain bike hall of famer and Moots Cycles founder Kent Eriksen creates his own signature line of custom titanium frames.


Road, mountain, cross, tandem, commuter and everything in between, all of our frames are custom-designed, fabricated and finished 100 percent in-house. We use U.S.-made 3/2.5 titanium and stock a huge inventory of tubes, hand-selecting each one exclusively for each customer’s specifications. The result is a bike frame guaranteed to fit with the ride qualities you want, regardless

of your size or ability. Frames, complete bikes and our stylish and simple seatpost are all available direct from our shop or from your local dealer. Our small, dedicated staff shares an enthusiasm for bikes you will notice right away. Meet us at the show, visit us in Steamboat Springs or shop online.

Ellis Cycles

/ Dave Wages

Drew Triplett

I’m Dave Wages, owner and builder of Ellis Cycles. I founded Ellis in early 2008, but I’ve been building high-end steel frames for over 14 years, both at Serotta and Waterford Precision Cycles. During that time I’ve built thousands of frames for discerning riders. Now with Ellis Cycles I am able to fulfill my dream of working directly with you to ensure the proper fit and unique style that guarantees your frame is one of a kind. Whether your taste is for a timeless classic or modern showpiece, your Ellis will be a pleasure for years to come. Stop by my booth or visit my website and check out the details. If you know bikes, you’ll see the difference with every Ellis.

Waterford, Wis. / 262.806.7377 /

Geekhouse Bikes

/ Marty Walsh

Geekhouse Bikes was started out of a longtime love for bicycles and incorporated in January 2004. While our original frames were designed in-house and outsourced for manufacturing, our newest line of frames is now being both designed and handcrafted in our new work space in Boston, Mass.


Boston, Mass. / 617.777.2088 /

Goodrich Bicycles

/ Curt Goodrich

I began my apprenticeship building bicycles in 1995 under the watchful eye of Dan Wynn in Seattle, paying my dues by filing, sanding fillets, machining and aligning frames and forks. I then spent two years working with Matt Houle at R&E Cycles before moving on to building Schwinn Paramounts at Match Bicycle Company. Two years later, Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works contracted Match to build some of their customs. For the next year I built Rivendell frames, but change was again in the works as Match was closing. I continued to build custom Rivendells and the occasional Goodrich from 2000 to 2007. Orders for Goodrich bicycles evolved past my capacity to continue building for Rivendell and now provide me the opportunity to extend myself in ways that fully reflect my experience as a builder — a full range of what is possible in custom-lugged and fillet-brazed frames.

612.788.6812 / Minneapolis, Minn. /

Groovy Cycleworks

/ Rody Walter

Welcome to Groovy Cycleworks, where our mantra is “Design it with the rider in mind, involve the customer in the process, build it to last forever and settle for nothing less than big smiles.” Whether your path is on asphalt or rocky trail, Rody has been handbuilding the cycling dreams of others since 1994. Custom-crafted frames, forks, bars and components of steel, aluminum or titanium reflect the desire of the customer to play hard, be an individual and live life with a smile. Fabricating each piece with care, precision and elegant efficiency, Groovy Cycleworks in Wooster, Ohio, exists to fill your need for cycling adventure in the outdoors. Ready to play?

Wooster, Ohio / 330.988.0537 /

Henry James Bicycles


/ Henry James (Hank) Folson

Henry James is the only American maker of investment cast steel lugs, bottom-bracket shells, fork crowns and dropouts. Henry James Bicycles is the distributor of True Temper Sports’ American-made buttedsteel bicycle frame tubing. Henry James Bicycles is the only American framebuilding jig-maker with 18 years of experience. How did I get here? I have a lifelong enjoyment of cycling. I have degrees in mechanical engineering, welding engineering and industrial design, plus a career designing products. These life experiences came together when a plan to build myself a bike frame evolved, with Monika’s support and encouragement, into Henry James Bicycles, Inc., in 1979. Chris, our daughter Angie’s husband, now joins us to open up more ways to support custom framebuilders and their customers. We will continue to promote riding custom bicycles that fit well and ride great.

Hufnagel Cycles

Redondo Beach, Calif. / 310.540.1552 /

/ Jordan Hufnagel

As a small boy, Jordan Hufnagel constructed miniature bicycles out of twigs, corn husks and paraffin wax in order to traverse the Indiana maize labyrinths in which he was raised. When steel was invented, Jordan spent long nights in the township fraidy hole teaching himself to weld. His family was unsupportive of his efforts, often force-feeding him lumpy and tepid gruel. When he was old enough, Jordan stuffed two pairs of jeans, a T-shirt and a broken music box into a satchel and hid himself in the cargo bay of a mail plane bound for Portland, Ore. An emaciated Jordan wandered into the rain and through the city streets until he passed out under a picnic table. A group of schoolchildren woke him and fed him apples and blackberries from their sack lunches. To show his gratitude, Jordan built them bicycles. He has been in business ever since.

Portland, Ore. / 512.619.6632 /

Hunter Cycles

/ Rick Hunter

I have been learning to build bicycle frames for the last 17 years. When I was younger, I quickly outgrew most production bikes and started thinking about making my own. Hunter Cycles was born from necessity not capitalism. I completed a two-year stint at an industrial arts college, and my enthusiasm for all things mechanical blossomed. After graduating I started building frames, inspired by San Francisco Bay Area builders and some East Coast outfits, by hand in friends’ garages. I paid my bills by working at bike shops and spent my money racing mountain and cross bikes all over the West. My experience has grown piece by piece, my tools and equipment bought, traded, designed, built and modified. My shop cannot be bought from a catalog; it’s handbuilt like the bikes it helps to create. My bikes are a part of me, an evolvement of my energy and ideas. Hunter Cycles comes to you this year with our bikes and our best wishes.

Igleheart Custom Frames & Forks


Soquel, Calif. / 831.761.3528 /

/ Christopher Igleheart

Christopher Igleheart’s frames and forks cruise the roads and trails on six of the seven continents. Igleheart has been an integral part of the bicycle trade for more than 30 years. He began as a retailer, but a framebuilding class with Chris Chance in 1980 brought his passion for construction to life. At Chance’s Fat City Cycles, the legendary Somerville, Mass., shop, Igleheart stepped onto the production line, welding forks and frames and designing and building tandems. He struck out on his own in 1990, building on the East Coast before moving to Oregon and expanding and refining his skills. Now settled on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Igleheart is using his considerable experience, talents and passion designing and constructing his custom frames and forks for a clientele whose dreams include mountain bikes, cyclocross, track and touring. Each frame is made one at a time with meticulous individual detail. For Igleheart, it’s all about the ride: “Keep pedaling, you’ll get there.”

Wenham, Mass. / 978.626.1193 /

Independent Fabrication Independent Fabrication was founded in 1995 by a crew of New England framebuilding expatriates who were let down by the way business was done in the past yet inspired by the epic lineage of New England framebuilding that they could not let perish. Our mission is simple: to build the next bike better than the last using the finest materials and most precise methods available. Independent Fabrication bicycles are built by hand, one at a time, in Somerville, Mass.

Somerville, Mass. / 617.666.3609 /

Keith Anderson Cycles


Twenty-five years ago, Keith Anderson began building bicycles in a converted garage right here in Indianapolis. Driven by his passion for bicycles and a desire for creativity, Keith pursued excellence in both constructing and painting. Keith is best known for his work as a painter, having created distinctive artistic schemes, detailed restorations and painting services for framebuilders all over the country. Keith enjoys building a very few select bicycles each year, but his focus remains providing the best-quality bicycle finishes available.

Grants Pass, Ore. / 541.471.4114 /

Kimori Co., Ltd. was established in 1990 in Shiga Prefecture in Japan. Metalworking using a general-purpose lathe is the main focus of the business. We manufacture precise parts for industrial equipment, including semiconductors and medical equipment. The metal molds also are designed and produced. Toshiyuki Kimori, who is the founder of Kimori Co., Ltd., is an engineer and a bicycle designer. He had been producing bicycles as a hobby for more than 15 years. He developed the ever-important Colossus bicycle about 15 years ago. Kimori’s artistic productions are a direct result of his rich and varied past experiences. Kimori starts full-scale as a bicycle maker in 2009, and we want everyone to know about the high-quality products of his advanced metalworking technology “m ade in Japan.”


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K. Bedford Customs

/ Kelly Bedford

After 12 years working in bicycle retail and with help from a curious little book named The Proteus Frame Building Handbook, I began building my own frames. It was around this time that fortune smiled upon me and I was introduced to Ben Serotta. Thus began my training as a master framebuilder and a long, happy career doing what I truly love: designing and building fine works of functional, rolling art. After more than 20 years as a framebuilder and designer at Serotta Competition Bicycles, and with Ben’s blessing, I’m thrilled to finally offer a signature line of handmade frames bearing my name. I’m proud to announce the birth of K. Bedford Customs. Each handbuilt frame is a collaboration of my experience and your vision of the ultimate bike. For information about the frames I build, please contact me.

Greenfield Center, N.Y. / 518.538.8055 /

Kirk Frameworks

/ David Kirk

When I started working as a professional framebuilder in 1989, I knew I had found my calling. At the time I worked in a large production shop and, while there was nothing glamorous about the work, I loved it. Now 20 years and thousands of frames later, I love it just as much, if not more. There is real satisfaction in making something by hand that is unique. I take pride in producing work that fits, performs and pleases the eye like only a handbuilt frameset can. As a one-man operation, I enjoy getting to know each customer and his or her needs. Every frameset is designed and built with its rider in mind and reflects the preferences and personality of its owner. Please stop by my booth or check out my website where you’ll see bikes made to be ridden hard and enjoyed for years to come. However, you won’t find any unrideable concept or show bikes made of leather or wood, just real bikes built for real people who appreciate fine things.

Bozeman, Mont. / 800.605.5475 /


KirkLee Bicycles From Austin, Texas, by way of the Nevada desert, KirkLee offers full custom carbon fiber bicycles. From our own carbon fiber tubes, handmade cable stops and hours of hand-wrapping carbon on each tube, KirkLee is quickly becoming a go-to shop for those looking for something special. Although standard sizes are optional, typically every bike we build is a one-off creation. While some KirkLees are minimalist race rigs with aggressive geometry, others are beautiful works of art that express the owner’s love for the islands or a tribute to a best friend (thanks, Tugboat). One thing is for sure, no matter how beautiful, the heart of each KirkLee is 100 percent performance. Thanks, from the crew at KirkLee, “Built for Speed, Built for You.”

Austin, Texas / 512.371.9661 /

MAP Bicycles


/ Mitchell Pryor

MAP Bicycles is owner and builder Mitch Pryor. Located in Portland, Ore., Mitch builds randonneur, touring and commuting bicycles equipped with custom racks of his own design. The bikes Mitch builds reflect the growing urge to make cycling a part of everyday life. Bicycles made for work, for travel and for carrying you through your day can be more than just practical. It is Mitch’s passion to combine traditional methods and materials with a contemporary view toward building bicycles that are above all useful, elegant and timeless.

415.203.6352 / Portland, Ore. /

Naked Bicycles and Design

/ Sam Whittingham

I ride and work with bicycles every day, yet they never cease to amaze me. I love that with a few simple tools I can create something that will take you around a velodrome in just seconds or around the world at just the right speed. At NAHBS 2008, my crazy fixed-gear bicycle caught lots of attention with its eclectic mix of old and new, claiming three prestigious awards including Best in Show. It’s now in Austin, Texas, with its new rider, Lance Armstrong. I do not believe that any type of bike is better than another; they all have their place. The right bike is the one that is right for you. The first Naked frame was built 11 years ago and is still being ridden daily. We are located on Quadra Island in British Columbia, Canada. Come visit, we’ll go for a ride.

Quadra Island, B.C., Canada / 250.285.3181 /


For 27 years, we have been committed to handbuilding the finest bikes for cyclists around the world. Since 1991, we have built our frames and components using only the highest-grade titanium. We choose titanium because it offers the best balance of stiffness, weight, durability and road damping, and only titanium allows our builders to achieve the high level of detail and hand-built artistry that we strive for. Our approach to bike building is simple: we embrace the details inherent in the handbuilt ethic and take zero shortcuts in the build process. It’s these details and our commitment to them that makes each Moots bike a truly exceptional ride. And it’s the family of quality inspired people that handbuild each bike that makes Moots a truly unique company.

Steamboat Springs, Colo. / 970.879.1676 /

Nobilette Cycles

/ Mark Nobilette

Since 1973, building bicycle frames has been a labor of love for Mark Nobilette. A framebuilding class with Albert Eisentraut led to Mark’s move to California to work with Eisentraut, where he worked for a year and raced for VeloSport. In 1977, he started Nobilette Cycles in Ann Arbor, Mich. After building road frames for many years, Nobilette built his own mountain bike in 1981. A move to Colorado in 1992 was hard on business. Mark took a job at GT Bicycles, which turned into a contract job building GT team frames in his shop. Since then, he has built for Zinn, Morgul Bismark, René Herse and RacerMate. Mark is currently the custom builder for Rivendell. While also trying to keep the Nobilette brand going, Mark has tried to be innovative, designing a break-away frame and a quick-release seat binder. He also has been making lugs to build truly unique frames. While aesthetics are important, good handling and stable riding have remained the focus.

October Hand Made Bikes


Longmont, Colo. / 303.772.8139 /

/ Andrew Frasca

October Hand Made Bikes is about much more than the beautifully crafted machine that comes complete with a soul. It is about connection, it is about living purposefully, and it is about living with vision. I started October Hand Made Bikes so I could live the path of my choosing — to be a framebuilder. It has turned out to be much more than making beautiful bikes. I could never have predicted what has transpired since then. Each bike I create carries a piece of that dream and vision. I hope you will ride your October on the path to your dreams, whatever they may be. My experience started well before I earned an engineering degree or went to work for one of the first names in titanium bikes. Bicycles have been a part of me forever. Tool, techniques and perhaps a little magic … October Hand Made Bikes.

Lynn, Mass. / 781.258.2444 /

Paragon Machine Works

/ Mark Norstad

Paragon Machine Works was founded 26 years ago by Mark Norstad in Marin County, Calif. Mark’s passion for bicycling and an increasing demand for high-performance mountain bikes led to collaboration with local framebuilders and ultimately to the production of custom parts for high-end titanium, steel and aluminum bike frames. Over the years, Paragon Machine Works has become a trusted source for innovative, high-quality bicycle parts for framebuilders throughout the world. PMW’s knowledgeable staff prides itself on providing product excellence and personalized service. We guarantee customer satisfaction. All parts are manufactured in our shop in Richmond, Calif. For more information, please visit our website at

Richmond, Calif. / 510.232.3223 /

Parlee Cycles

/ Bob Parlee

Founded by high-performance boat builder Bob Parlee in 1999 and building exclusively with carbon fiber and (industry-first) customizable tooling, Parlee Cycles has set the standard for carbon fiber road bikes. New for 2009 are triathlon, cross and track frames. Parlee builds five models, four of which can be customized for geometry and fit. All models can be custom finished. Recent awards include Bicycling Magazine’s “Dream Bike of the Year” award and Cycling Weekly’s “Race Bike of the Year.” All Parlee frames are known for the smooth but efficient ride, flawless craftsmanship and timeless aesthetics.

Peabody, Mass. / 978.977.7474 /

Peacock Groove

/ Erik Noren

In a world increasingly focused on that which does not truly matter, Peacock Groove stands out as the framebuilder dedicated to what does, your new bike. The Upper Midwest has been fertile with many great framebuilders, and we carry on that tradition by taking “custom” to the next level. Short wheelbase 29ers? Well, yeah. Elegantly manipulated lugs and stays? Sure. Dropouts and skulls to set your bike apart? Ah, you betcha. Glistening stainless headbadges and accents? We woke up today, didn’t we? These are just a few of the details that go into setting you on the path to bicycle-induced righteousness or at least feeling really good about treating yourself to one of the finest human-powered pleasures on this planet. More passion, sweat and Chinese takeout go into every frame we build because getting you on the bike for you is mission-critical. From the deep north to you: Groove on!

Retrotec & Inglis Cycles


St. Paul, Minn. / 651.269.5295 /

/ Curtis Inglis

I have been building bicycles for more than 15 years and can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing with my time, other than riding bikes.

Napa, Calif. / 707.258.2203 /

richard sachs cycles Why buy a frame from a one-man shop still using traditional handbuilding methods? Because technology alone is a poor substitute for experience. As a youngster, Richard Sachs could not easily separate his enthusiasm for bicycle racing from the interest he had in the equipment used by the top athletes of the day. With a balance of dedication and perseverance, he pursued his competitive cycling as well as his choice of a framebuilder’s life. His dream of learning to build bicycles that could one day rival the machines he so revered led him to spend a year in London as an apprentice to Witcomb Lightweight Cycles. There he cultivated the basic skills that have become the foundation of his successful career. More than 35 years have passed, and Richard continues to zealously combine his racing background with his extensive framebuilding experience and has gained respect as one of the finest builders of custom bicycles in the world.


Chester, Conn. / 860.526.2059 /

Rich adams

/ Around Town Bicycles, Inc.

The year 2009 will mark the 10th year anniversary for RACF and five years since combining with our retail operations, Around Town Bicycles, Inc. The full-service retail store enables me to interface with clients, showcase my custom frames and serve the basic needs of my community. I specialize in steel road and singlespeed framesets but also build cyclocross, touring and urban specialty bikes. I’m a practical person and an analytic engineer, and I think this fits well with my career. Each aspect of framebuilding requires attention to detail with the understanding of the clients’ needs. I pride myself on good communication during the design, fabrication, assembly and, ultimately, the delivery of my bikes. Sound designs, reasonable time frame, experience and accessibility are the hallmarks of my business. I hope to make our shop, an easy day trip from several eastern cities, a destination in the heart of the Poconos.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. / 570.970.3008 /

RR Velo For more than 14 years RR Velo’s carbon craftsmen have been manufacturing and repairing carbon fiber bicycles for other brands. Now we offer them to you under our own label. Our construction process produces a frame that is one of the most durable composite frames money can buy. We specialize in lugless, seamless frames that are breathtakingly beautiful yet extremely strong. We are so confident about the durability of our bikes that each comes with a 25-year warranty. Additionally, our tube-to-tube construction process is regarded as the best and most labor-intensive way to make a full-carbon bike. Teaming with Edgar Chavez, who has been building and repairing carbon fiber frames for 12 years, is “Fast Freddy” Markham, a successful pro and amateur from 1974 to 1996. Combining old-world craftsmanship with cutting-edge materials, RR Velo is standing by to make the bike of your dreams.

SadiLah Handmade Framesets


Watsonville, Calif. / 831.761.2012 /

/ Chuck Schlesinger

Since 2004, SadiLah Handmade Framesets have been built by one man in San Diego, Calif. There is a wonderful symbiotic relationship between a rider and his bicycle and Chuck Schlesinger designs, builds and paints each and every frame with that in mind. The intense attention to detail results in an ethereal ride combined with the highest level of performance and finish. If this is what you have been looking for, SadiLah is for you.

San Diego, Calif. / 619.708.3981 /



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Serotta Competition Bicycles

/ Ben Serotta

Founded in 1972 by owner and master framebuilder Ben Serotta, Serotta Competition Bicycles designs, manufactures and distributes premier class bicycles from its headquarters in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Distinguished by more than 30 years of benchmark-setting performance innovations, such as its “Colorado Concept” shaped tubing, the “S” bend chain stay, and the first fully customizable 100 percent carbon fiber bicycle, Serotta also leads the industry with its renowned personalized bicycle fit technology. Professional cyclists, including Olympians and world champions, have claimed numerous prestigious victories on Serottas, fueling the company’s continuous pursuit of handbuilt perfection.

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. / 518.584.1221 /

Shamrock Cycles

/ Tim O’Donnell

Based in Indianapolis, Ind., Shamrock Cycles builds custom-lugged and fillet-brazed steel road, cyclocross and mountain bike frames. Focusing on high contact with the customer, Shamrock Cycles believes interaction between builder and customer is crucial to develop an understanding of the customer’s needs. This interaction during the build process is an important part of the final product and allows the customer to have significant impact and influence on his or her frame.


Indianapolis, Ind. / 317.513.4358 /

Signal Cycles

/ Matt Cardinal and Nate Meschke

Signal Cycles began as an idea: a passion fostered in an environment of bicycle obsession. As co-workers in a nationally recognized service department, two mechanics and artists shared a love for making bicycles operate at peak efficiency. Their focus shifted to bike-building, and Signal was created. There are two faces behind Signal. Nate is better at cooking; Matt has better computer skills. Both are mechanics, artists, coffee consumers and cat lovers. Both are obsessed with making the best bikes they can. They also have earned BFA degrees in painting. At the shop, Matt and Nate are constantly pushing each other to bring every bike to its highest form. Both are involved in crafting each bicycle, from the design phase to final paint and parts selection. Each bike is unique and every aspect is considered. The goal at Signal is to give you a heart attack … of sheer joy … of biking.

Portland, Ore. / 503.313.9800 /


Southwest Frameworks

/ David Cheakas

Southwest Frameworks has been custom-building and painting bicycle frames since 1984. Originally Cheakas Custom Cycles, a oneman custom bicycle frame shop, in 1994 we evolved into Southwest Frameworks. Our products and services now include custom framesets, frame repair, complete bicycles, frame refinishing and restoration. We believe that if the heart of the bicycle is the frame, then the soul of the bicycle is the fit. Custom bicycle frames from Southwest Frameworks are designed and built to fit the heart and soul of the rider. A custom-fit bicycle frame from Southwest Frameworks will help you achieve your cycling goals. Southwest Frameworks is dedicated to continuing the art of the custom, handcrafted bicycle frame. Although modern technology is employed in the manufacture and modification of the materials of the bicycle frame, it falls upon the skill of the framebuilder to weave these materials into a finished product.

Dallas, Texas / 214.358.2579 /

Spectrum Powder Works / Mark Brandt My introduction to powder coating was through a local shop that did several bicycle frames as part of its regular business. I was disappointed to find out that the shop could only do very basic single-color work. I wanted pinstripes, panels, fades and lug detail, not just a single color. But was the inherent durability of powder worth sacrificing all that coollooking detail? There had to be a way. I’m glad to say that Spectrum has been a pioneer in making all of this happen. In 1997, Spectrum moved to a larger facility in Colorado Springs and added several new small builders. We have also added the highest quality liquid painting services to our palette of skills. As a result of our recent expansion, we are excited to offer more attention to individuals seeking the highest quality custom finish.


Colorado Springs, Colo. / 970.633.5560 /

Strong Frames Inc. / Carl Strong It takes many years and many frames to become a proficient framebuilder and even longer to build at the level of the current masters. However, framebuilding is only part of the equation. The frame starts with you, the customer. Your frame is an extension of your personality, priorities and goals. The true art of framebuilding lies in the builder’s ability to divine from you exactly what you want. What separates me from most of my competitors is not the fact that I’ve built thousands of frames or that my frames are straighter or that they have prettier welds. What separates my work from my competitors’ is the process I’ve developed over the last 16 years: the process of learning, understanding and quantifying your goals and priorities and then converting them to the frame design. One can make the straightest, prettiest, cleanest, shiniest frame on the planet but if it isn’t what you want or need, it doesn’t matter how well it was crafted.

“One at a time, from start to finish”

Bozeman, Mont. / 800.586.1105 /


Grey Goat

SyCip Designs, Inc. / Jeremy SyCip Since 1992, Jeremy SyCip (see-sip) has been designing and building custom bicycle frames and components for San Francisco messengers, world-class racers and everyone in between. Jeremy learned the trade under the tutelage of veteran builders Paul Sadoff of Rock Lobster and Albert Eisentraut. SyCip’s sincere commitment to customers and dedication to quality craftsmanship has won SyCip Designs, Inc., numerous industry awards and a solid reputation that has endured. The SyCip product line includes steel, titanium, aluminum and carbon road, mountain, cross, track, singlespeed, full suspension and cruisers. We also make custom forks and stems. Methods of construction include TIG, lugged and fillet-brazing.

Santa Rosa, Calif. / 707.542.6359 /

True Fabrication Bicycles / Cody Baron, Clark Davidson & Cole Thompson True Fabrication Bicycles is an Austin-based trio of riders who joined forces to make bicycles one at a time, with passion and attention to detail. We have been friends for many years. We ride, race, travel and train together. Since 2005, we have been building TIG-welded steel road, mountain, track and commuter frames for our customers and are glad to be back at NAHBS in 2009. Each of us is capable of taking a bicycle frame from inception to completion, and we each have developed our individual talents in the framebuilding process, yet all three of us work on every frame. This is what makes us a great team. We don’t take shortcuts; rather we are willing to do what is necessary to make something aesthetically pleasing and fully functional. This means that we don’t follow trends or fads just to sell bikes. Not only are we framebuilders, we’re riders and that makes a difference.


Austin, Texas / 512.709.5936 /

Ventana Mountain Bikes, USA / Sherwood Gibson Started by Sherwood Gibson in 1988, Ventana Mountain Bikes, USA, builds the nicest handbuilt aluminum frames in the bike industry. Over the last 20 years, Ventana has received accolades from industry peers, dealers and customers for our aluminum welding/fabrication excellence, stellar performance, luscious finishes and custom-fit-and-build programs. We earn this praise by doing everything in-house, with design, tube-cutting, CNC machining, welding, heat treating, powder coating and final assembly all performed under one roof … our roof in Northern California. In fact, many other framebuilders embrace our technology and commitment to quality and use Ventana rear suspension components. Gibson designs every Ventana custom and production frame from the ground up, using his keen eye for aesthetics and his drive for manufacturing excellence and customer satisfaction, to meet our customer’s needs. Once his design is complete, our talented team of six skillfully shapes your dream frame into your Ventana reality.

Rancho Cordova, Calif. / 916.631.0544 /

48 The Vanilla Workshop is a community—a collaboration between master fabricators; expert painters; photographers; and wood, leather, fabric and metal workers—working closely to bring the intelligent, edgy sexiness of Portland, Ore., to the rest of the world. At the heart of the workshop is owner, designer and framebuilder Sacha White. Sacha started building bicycles in winter 1999. Now, at just 32 years of age, he is a pioneering member of the new generation of framebuilders. He brings his own experiences as a cyclist and craftsman into the mix to create a bike and a company that reflect the values of hard work, style and uncompromised vision. Although Sacha has been building for less than a decade, he has taken top honors, winning the “Best in Show” award in the 2005 and 2006 North American Handmade Bicycle Shows and has had work shown in museums and gallery exhibits around the country. At this year’s show, we will explore all facets of the Vanilla Workshop, including the launch of our limited production Speedvagen track machines, our international caliber Cyclocross team and, of course, Sacha’s approach to the craft through his one-of-a-kind,

Portland, Ore. / 503.233.2453 / /

Vicious Cycles / Carl Schlemowitz Vicious Cycles was founded 14 years ago on the south side of the Catskill Mountains. Carl Schlemowitz began Vicious Cycles in the tradition of high-quality East Coast builders and has grown the company into a fully equipped manufacturing facility with seven employees. Vicious Cycles offers a full line of mountain, road, cyclocross, touring and specialty frames in steel, titanium and carbon fiber bonded to titanium, priced from $1,500 to $4,500. Mountain frames include full suspension, 29-inch and singlespeed options. Vicious Cycles boasts the highest quality 3/2.5 titanium and custom-drawn steel tubes, custom small parts and expert welds. In addition, Vicious Cycles builds a line of mountain, road and cyclocross rigid steel forks, from $275 to $325. Mountain forks come in various sizes to compensate for differing frame build heights. Vicious Cycles’ high-quality paint department is known throughout the industry. Unlimited color selections and paint schemes have drawn the attention of many customers, as well as other manufacturers. Vicious Cycles has painted frames for Seven Cycles, Parlee, Hollands, Hampsten, Titus and Elite, among others. New Paltz,

N.Y. / 845.883.4303 /

Villin Cycle Works / Alexis Dold The year 2009 is shaping up to be very exciting at Villin Cycle Works. First, Villin is proud to formally recognize Giuseppe Marchionno as a journeyman framebuilder. Joe has been working under Alexis Dold for three years. He has spent countless hours perfecting all of the skills necessary to build complete frames. His beautiful work is a testament to his steadfast devotion. He will be accepting orders at the show. Order early to take advantage of his current three-month wait. With frames starting at $1,000, Joe’s wait won’t be short for long. Carrying on the spirit of groundbreaking design and pioneering the application of new materials, we are also proud to introduce the use of forge-welded steel or “Damascus” steel forged and machined by Alexis into various parts of our already strong repertoire of unique construction techniques, including hammered and polished stainless steel lugs and copper-wrapped joints. Finally, we will be opening our custom paint facility to customers outside of the Villin family. You can see several examples on display at our booth or online.

Gainsville, Fla. / 352.372.3015 /

Waterford Precision Cycles Waterford Precision Cycles carries on its Schwinn Paramount legacy at its factory 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee, Wisc. Waterford co-founder Marc Muller began building Paramounts in 1981, developing a number of innovations including funny bikes, oversize tubing, vertical dropouts, single-bend chainstays for mountain bikes and the first bicycle four-bar dual suspension design. Founded in 1993, Waterford continued these innovations with stainless steel dropouts, stainless steel lugs, air-hardening tubing, sloped top tube designs plus many more innovations. Today the company is a leading maker of fixed gear bikes, singlespeed bikes, travel bikes, Rohloff-hub designs and Reynolds’ new 953 stainless, all exquisitely crafted by its experienced staff of artisans. Waterford enjoys a continued strong following from bike racers plus distance riders and tourists. In 1998, Waterford added the Gunnar line of lower-cost, TIG-welded bikes to take advantage of the new air-hardening steels and more recently added its Fitmaster bike fit equipment.

Waterford, Wisc. / 262.534.4190 /


YiPsan Bicycles / Renold Yip YiPsan Bicycles was conceived by Renold Yip in 2006 to continue the craft of framebuilding in a single-person workshop. YiPsan’s goal is to integrate a modern fitting concept, frame tubing and components with traditional building skills. YiPsan bicycles are built by hand, one at a time, and every bicycle is unique. Fit, ride quality and design for application are at the heart of YiPsan Bicycles. The more specific your requirements, the better the design. Your experience and input throughout the design and build process is also very important. Renold has been passionate about bicycles since his youth. His education as an engineer and years of experience in quality management and consulting combined with his formal training as a certified fit specialist and in framebuilding all have been steps in the journey to becoming a framebuilder. YiPsan builds road, cross, track, touring and off-road bicycles and specializes in steel.

Fort Collins, Colo. / 970.215.5806 /

ZR Cycles / Zack Rielley


Zack Rielley began building bicycle frames in 2004 after years of riding and working as a mechanic. He lives and works in Madison, Wis., where he shares a studio with Jon Kendziera (Jonny Cycles), Ahren Rogers (Banjo Cycles) and Leah Stargardter (12 Pack Rack). You can visit the portal for all things framebuilding in Madison at

Madison, Wis. / 847.212.8347 /

Zullo / Tiziano Zullo After 10 years of racing road and cyclocross, Italian Tiziano Zullo entered the world of framebuilding at age 23. In the early 1970s, he made “plain wrapper” frames for other companies and started to build for amateur teams under the Zullo name. From 1986 through 1992, he made frames from SL, SLX, MAX and MS tubesets for well-known pro riders on the Dutch Team TVM. His framebuilding skills were tested by joining with the MX Onda team. When the market demanded aluminum frames in 1994, Tiziano transferred his skills to TIG welding and also bonding carbon. Not forgetting his roots, Tiziano continues to make steel frames. The Belle, a MAX-tubed limited edition frame, will make its debut at NAHBS. Very few builders today have worked with so many professional riders and in so many different materials. Tiziano keeps building frames, one at a time, for any cyclist who wishes to share his passion.

Verona, Italy / 0039.45.6450520 /

EXPERIENCE THE EVOLUTION OF PERFECTION Over 35 years of evolution, an extensive team of dedicated engineers and millions of tests. A legend is refined to a new level of perfection. Providing the ideal balance of light weight, ergonomics, stiffness and performance.

Rider – Christian VandeVelde

2009 NAHBS Show Guide  

2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Guide

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