The expo started out as a small, intimate event with local builders and vendors, but it has grown exponentially in just a few years. It's still a small affair compared to Interbike or big industry shows, but the focus is much more in tune with our customer base and the type of bikes and riding we enjoy and admire. Everyone was in high spirits and enjoyed the bigger space, area to demo, good light, and proximity to good eats. Can't wait until next year!
Here are some of my favorite shots from this weekend. The entire album can be found on my Flickr.
Belladonna Cycles had a number of VO components on the bikes they brought and this subtle detail really stood out to me. This particular touring frame was very well thought out and sported a fantastic paintjob. The ornamentation on the spacer is actually a fancy spoon that was machined into what you see above. Very cool and clever!
Stephen and the team at Bilenky Cycles always brings in the coolest builds and paintjobs. This hammered pattern on the rack stood out to me. The bike had a matched front as well.
Royal H Cycles brought in a rad road bike with a full NOS Mavic Mectronic drivetrain, Spinergy wheels, and Starfish crankset. Bryan reported flawless shifting and performance. Alas, the world wasn't ready for the French's wireless shifting.
Eric of Winter Bicycles had a great road bike. I was particularly intrigued by the nicely tapered fork. He described that depending on where the tube is cut and connected to the fork crown and dropouts, you can tune the stiffness and ride quality of the front end. Very well thought out.
One of my all time favorite builders, Peter Weigle, displayed a few super nice touring and rando bikes. His use of hellenic seat stays is a fresh change to the standard of fastback or monostays. I'd love to see them catch on more without the stigma attached to a certain company. Remember, this type of seat cluster and stay arrangement was first introduced in the early 1920's by a chap of the name Fred Hellens!
Calfee Designs had a gorgeous paintjob on a tandem. It was deep, rich, and different from every angle. An amber laquer and clearcoat achieved the look.
Chris Bishop's new frameset had a super clean disc brake mount leading into internal cable routing.
Groovy Cycleworks had bikes on display with outrageous and original paintjobs.
Scott presented a really enjoyable lecture about Lightpacking in relation to his recent trip to Iceland.
We had a great time and look forward to next year. What were some of your favorite parts of the expo?