Wednesday, February 27, 2013

North American Handmade Bike Show 2013: Part 1

   Last weekend I had the chance to attend the NAHMBS. Clunky acronym aside, this was a really fun and awesome show. I'm going to skip the pleasantries and jump into the pics!

   One of the titanium bike companies had a sweet little custom frame.

   Festka was showing off what was a pretty ridiculous track bikes. The fade on this was really beautiful.

   Sanomagic is a company working with wooden sailboats and their interiors, and put their considerable skills into this bike. Wood everything! Seat, wheels, bar plug ends, cable ends... Everything!  It was a pretty incredible sight!

   Shimano was there with a couple cool things as well. here Shimano has combined the Alfine 8 speed internal hub with a DI electronic shifting system. Since it's internal, there's little readout on the handlebar telling you what gear you are in.

   Shimano's second cool technology was a clear plastic disc brake set, showing the inner workings of a hydraulic disc brake. A 4 piston brake no less!

Lastly, for this post, here's a bike with two awesome pieces of tech: The first is a cable-to-hydraulic adaptor. Brake cables go in; hydraulic cables come out. It was a sweet way of running juice brakes on a road or cross set up, even if a little clunky.

   The Second cool thing on the same bike was some carbon composite brake rotors. I mean, if you're going to go to the trouble of using the hydraulic converter, might as well go all out! You may recall I posted about some similar rotors a while back, so it was awesome to see them in real life.

Well, that's all for now - But there are more pictures and more awesome thing to check out, so stay tuned!

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