Making New Friends at NAHBS

NAHBS Charlotte Photo Studio Crew ©Weldon Weaver

NAHBS Charlotte Photo Studio Crew
©Weldon Weaver

23 March 2014, Charlotte, NCNAHBS is certainly the place to experience the most stunning custom and handmade bicycle innovations you’re not likely to see at your local bike shop.   And it’s a great place to meet some of the giants of the industry like Tom Ritchey and Chris King who manned their booths during the recent show in Charlotte.

Photo Studio NAHBS Charlotte ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

Photo Studio NAHBS Charlotte
©OneOffTwoWheels.com

But the handmade bicycle business is about more than just the bikes.   The annual NAHBS show recently ended its tenth edition gathering custom bike aficionados from across the globe for three days of bicycle bling.  As much as each of the builders at the show is an artist with a unique and different perspective on bicycle building aesthetic they are also very much alike.  If you took a moment to pause on the show floor this past week you would have hear the unmistakable clamor of community.

Calfee Anodized Cassette ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

Calfee Anodized Cassette
©OneOffTwoWheels.com

Although the bikes are the main focus of the show something more important happens in this tight knit community of artisans; new friendships are made and old friendships are rekindled both on the show floor and at the parties after day’s end.

Shamrock Cycles Disc Cross ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

Shamrock Cycles Disc Cross Bike
©OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS sponsors team up to put on some of the best parties in town during the show weekend.  This year’s NAHBS fell on Saint Patrick’s day weekend, a fitting backdrop to Shamrock Cycles green clover-draped cross disc show bike, in Charlotte where the worlds largest pub crawl highlights the Luck o’ the Irish festivities.

Shamrock Cycles Disc Cross ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

Shamrock Cycles Disc Cross Bike
©OneOffTwoWheels.com

And not far from the uptown Charlotte St. Patty’s crowds NAHBS attendees put on a hoedown of their own sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and a local fiddle band.

NAHBS Charlotte Hoedown ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

NAHBS Charlotte Hoedown
©OneOffTwoWheels.com

This year Greg ran the photo studio where a show bike was set up and photographed every six minutes.   This is a daunting task for the best photographers but with the help of an army of dedicated volunteers the bikes were photographed and sent back to their booths unscathed in record time.  Seasoned bicycle race Photographer Weldon Weaver worked closely with his volunteer crew to create the official photoset of award entries.

Weldon Weaver at Work ©OneOffTwoWheels.com

Weldon Weaver at Work
©OneOffTwoWheels.com

If you love bicycles and are even remotely interested having a chance to be around some of the best custom bicycle handwork in the world we encourage you to head Louisville in 2015.   If you go, remember to take a moment to meet the builders as well as ogle their bikes.  You’ll quickly learn this is a gathering of artists and a community of people who’ve come together for ten straight years to share their visions.   In the end NAHBS is as much about the people and having fun as it is about bicycle innovation.

NAHBS Charlotte Photo Studio Crew ©Weldon Weaver

NAHBS Charlotte Photo Studio Crew
©Weldon Weaver

Its a place where friendship and community come together to share bicycle dreams.

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About OneOffTwoWheels

Being on a bicycle is my escape from all the things that make life interesting. My partner Greg and I have a shared interest in staying healthy and enjoying life together and the bicycle makes everything a little more fun.

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