North American Handmade Bicycle Show

I went to the North American Handmade Bike Show Saturday and was duly impressed. Since I started building frames I have had numerous questions and problems I have had to solve. The cool thing is that all framebuilders have similar experiences and I was able to see some of the ways they dealt with these issues. Pretty cool stuff. The interesting thing is that there is a pretty big difference between the guys that have been doing it for 30 years and the newbies. You can tell why Richard Sachs has a multi-year waiting list. They are all cool bikes, but the finish quaility is a step up for the legends. The new folks I found that really impressed me was Bilenky. Their paint jobs were killer (the Wonder Woman Bike) and the craftsmanship was top notch. Since I walked away with some inspiration, I built my self a jig Sunday. See the first photo.

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