Starting at the end – The NAHBS Winners

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 year, Campagnolo sponsored a contest for the best bicycle equipped with Campagnolo parts. The winner was from English Cycles in Portland, OR.

Best Campy


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 Paint

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 Theme

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.

Best New Builder

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.

Presidents Choice

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.

Peoples Choice

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.

Best In Show

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 for more.