We had a great time this past weekend as we traveled to Hartford, CT for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show NAHBS. Despite the cold weather we rode our two wooden bicycles from our hotel to the show, getting compliments from everyone we passed along the way. Don’t let the sunshine fool you, we narrowly beat a few inches of snow which came later that evening.
We saw some beautiful and inspiring bicycles, including a few wood frames! Carrer wood bikes was there from Italy to exhibit their full wood frame, and Boo Bicycles had a nice booth showing their bamboo and carbon fiber frames. Our favorite new builder was Eyewater Bicycles, showcasing a beautiful carbon road frame. We talked to Corey, the founder of Eyewater and an engineer and expert on carbon frame design and manufacturing. He’s put together a process to join carbon tubes with a unique set of joints, resulting in a high performance and great looking frame. I think in a sense we’re doing something similar in the world of wooden bikes, so Corey’s amazing work is really inspirational to us.
I was also able to attend an amazing presentation on bicycle dynamics by Damon Rinard, engineering manager at Cannondale for road bikes. It was extremely informative. I not only learned a lot but also found a lot of reassurance in our current design and specifications that have been going into the single speed prototypes.
Overall it was a great trip and we’re now aspiring to show as a new builder at NAHBS in the future!