Nahbs 2012

Some photos below from the Bike Portland editor, Jonathan Maus:
Flickr:’s Photostream

EDIT: Some much better photos here from Clockwork Bikes (thanks Spirito).
Nahbs 2012 - a set on Flickr

And Prolly’s photos are here:

Slightly terrifying chainsaw massacre bike from Erik Noren, aka Peacock Groove. That’s the guy with the chops that Blakey met last year.

This year’s finely-detailed wackiness from Cherubim.

The awesome Baum already featured on Cycling Tips.

I have an irrational hatred of painted/lugged stems. Ultimate city bike or another over-wrought belt drive abomination?

More overzealous paint-matching from IF. Not a fan of this one.

These matching guards, on the other hand. So nice!

Any idea how this is meant to work? It’s a pump-in-a-hub.

Wooden thing with some unusual bars

A replica of an 1888 Whippet bike, built by Brodie bikes, based on the drawing below:

Brodie use the slogan “Bikes for real people”.

English cycles headfuck

That Peacock Groove bike is all kinds of wrong. I know its the NAHBS but a brown Brooks Swift and bartape - Really!! Still the Airbrushed front disc is awesome. I watched his Vimeo the other day. Classic!

Love those Ceilos, so sweet.

Very keen to see more of Brodie’s Whippet. I wonder if it’ll get Best in Show?

that is NQR

blah blah blah.


Is this in regard to the ridiculously over thought, over built, over brazed nature of most of the bikes, making them next to useless as a functional machine?

Still cool

Not quite right.

lefties … yuck.

Who took these pics obviously has no eye for the beautiful bikes.

1 lame shot of M.A.P. (Mitch Pryor) and no Chris Bishop bikes = waste of flickr space + crap coverage

got it in one.

I call bullshit Brendan. I see the NAHBS as the cycling equivalent of one of those high fashion shows. Take the following quote from the devil wears Prada:

Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?

Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh…

Miranda Priestly: ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.

The same is true for NAHBS I think. While many of the bikes appear to be completely overmade they incorporate some small details which will filter their way down the line, be reinterpreted and ultimately inspire what the big manufacturers do in the next few years. There’s enough generic bike porn out there, I personally like seeing the crazy shit that gets entered into NAHBS. Fuck function, interbike is for that.

That Cherubim is hilarious.

Cielos are really nice, I’d own one.

there will always be a divide between cycling “traditionalists”, who vommit at the thought of less than, say 28 spokes or somethiing, and the people who want to do wacky shit, just cos they can.

these are the hot rods of cycling, rods are ridiculous and many handle like shit, but i don’t know that you’d find people complaining about the poor functionality of them on an equivalent enthusiast forum. tattoos don’t make your skin work better but fuckloads of people get them too, cos they look rad, right?

+1 I’m with you on that.
Sure there are ridiculous concoctions, but overall it’s pretty inspiring to see. And nice to see someone who has a crazy idea the opportunity to have a go.

beagle time …


Black Campagnolo Pista crankset?

Trigger has a set too :wink:

Antmandan… You may have revealed too much about yourself there!! But I agree completely with your notion.

As for the English. Rad. Would ride. Put a rear disc on too then I’m happy.

Awesome. The worlds of chick lit and cycling finally meet!

I think the black campagnolo cranks where a Mash SF special?

correct, not digging the chromed bolts and dustcap, black would be really nice