I will have lots to say from my experience at the 2014 North American Bicycle Show in Charlotte, NC, but I it seems best to start at the end. Here are the overall winners in the various categories with a few comments.
Best Campagnolo Equipped Bicycle
This was nice for Rob English because he didn’t have his own exhibit this year, but was able to show this bike in the Campy booth.
Best Finish: Independent Fabrication
The team at Independent Fabrications won for Best Finish. The judges mentioned having to ask Indy Fab for clarification on the white stripe on the top tube. Turns out it was hand painted but with such precision the judges thought it might be a decal. You can barely see it in this picture, but I’ll dig through my other photos later and see if I have a better shot.
Best Theme Bike: Sycip Designs
Next up was the Best Theme Bike. The judges said judging the show was the best job in the world but that this category was always hard because the themes could be so different. But they awarded Sonoma County, California’s Sycip Cycles for the cookout bike. Jay and Jeremy built a bicycle complete with cutting board, knife, and grill. You would be invited to every party if you owned this Gates belt drive bike.
Best New Builder: Harvey Cycle Works
The Best New Builder went to Kevin Harvey of Harvey Cycle Works. I already showed a closeup of one the custom head lights on this award winning bicycle. Kevin has may years of machining experience in auto racing in the Indianapolis area.
President’s Choice: Peacock Groove
Peacock Groove builder Erik Noren is a fixture at NAHBS, but this is his first award. He is known for his incredible bikes and to quote from his web site:
Erik is known for his flamboyant style, outsider attitude, and lack of verbal governance. But he’s also known for his “deep custom” work with steel – shamelessly and unabashedly defying convention to make something remarkable.
As you can see he was quite excited to win.
People’s Choice: Six-Eleven Bicycle Co.
A builder I am interested in is Aaron Dystra of the Six Eleven Bicycle Company in Roanoke, Virginia. He not only won on Saturday for Best Track Bike but took home the People’s Choice award for his 29er. I hope to visit his shop later this year and report more on Aaron.
Best in Show: Argonaut Cycles
The show is not all about steel and titanium frames, as evidenced by the Best of Show winner, Argonaut Cycles with this carbon fiber beauty.
So that’s how the show ends, but I will have plenty to say and photos to share from my three days in Charlotte. So check back with VeloReviews.com for more.