New NAHBS website, SSCXWC, What To Do in Sacramento, Inglis Classes at CCA, Bike Builders in Car Ads


Sacramento attains bicycle league’s silver status

The League of American Bicyclists has recently upgraded Sacramento from bronze to silver status in its Bicycle Friendly Communities program.

Tricia Hedahl, executive director of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Coalition, worked with the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Ed Cox, and SABA board member Jeffery Rosenhall to apply for the higher certification. Hedahl also credited council member Steve Cohn and his staff for their ongoing political support of cycling.

According to the LAB website, the BFC program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.

Curtis Inglis teaches frame building at elite CCA in San Francisco

The nationally renowned California College of Arts (formerly known as California College of Arts and Crafts) hired Curtis Inglis this summer to teach a bicycle frame building class as one of their summertime activities. 10 students enrolled in the class and nine of them came out with a frame they could ride.

Curtis said, “It was great for me to see frame building through the eyes of people who have never done it before. It was challenging and fun at the same time.”

And would he do it again? “If they ask, sure I’d consider it!”

New Look NAHBS website

We’ve reworked the design of the NAHBS website and now there’s even more frame builder info and pics of great handmade bikes. Check it out at

Oregon Manifest now, NACCC in October, SSCXWC in November

NAHBS exhibitors continue to be super-active in the cycling world, not only building bikes but getting involved in all kinds of cool projects that you’ll want to know about. Here are a few:

Oregon Manifest, 23-24 September
Ahearne Cycles, Ira Ryan Cycles, Pereira Cycles, Retrotec/Curtis Inglis Cycles, Metrofiets Cargo Bikes, Ti Cycles Fabrication, True Fabrication, and Yipsan Bicycles are all off to Portland, each with their version of the ultimate modern utility bike. We wish each one great success with their designs.

North American Cycle Courier Championships, 7-9 October
This takes place in Austin, Texas, this year. KVA Stainless, manufacturer of MS2 and MS2Grid tubing is sponsoring the event to the tune of a frameset for each winner.

Single Speed Cyclo Cross World Championships, 18-20 November
Cycling apparel maker, Sheila Moon, is organizing and sponsoring this wintertime celebration of cycling life in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

New stainless tube offerings from KVA and Reynolds

Expect to see a lot of stainless steel at NAHBS in March. Many are familiar with Columbus XCR, and Reynolds 953, but now Reynolds has come up with a new 931 stainless steel tubeset, which is positioned between the 853 and 953 tubesets in the lineup, and should be available to builders by December.

KVA Stainless, the company that made a splash at NAHBS in Austin, has been working with builders to provide a range of different tube diameters since then and hopes to appear in several bicycles. This company recently launched MS2Grid, a new stainless/carbon hybrid, which will be on display in the KVA Stainless booth at Sacramento.

Calfee featured in Lincoln Innovators ad

Craig Calfee is known throughout the handmade industry as an innovator, first with carbon fiber and now with bamboo. Well it looks like the word is spreading. In August he was featured in Lincoln’s “New Century Design: An idea series” web-based video ad. featuring Craig, Guy Kawasaki, Lincon Designer Max Wolff, lighting expert Linda Allen, & the architecture firm ArvoKO.

So now auto companies are publicly praising bike designers. Who’da thunk? The art director of the ad wouldn’t let Craig wear his glasses, so in this ad we get a rare sight of his unbespectacled face. The ad is about his work with bamboo bicycles sold under the Calfee Design brand, and work in Ghana and bamboo bicycles produced and sold under the Bamboosero brand.

Craig said, “They created a small bamboo forest in the studio. It was really impressive, it was nice to be working with such a large budget!”

And… up to 10/31/2011, you have a chance to win a Calfee bamboo road bike. Click the image to visit the site and enter the contest.

Extend your stay in Sacramento!

We are betting that there’s a whole lot of interesting and fun information about Sacramento that you weren’t aware of. It’s a really neat city that has had a lot to do with shaping the history of America’s west coast. And in recent years there’s been a lot of activity on the cycling front.

As a tourist, though, a raft of historic and cultural treasures make Sacramento a place worth stopping to explore, such as: relics of the California Gold Rush and Transcontinental Railroad; Fishing and Cycling adventures; Wine Country tours; great cuisine; and Museums.

We will write more about attractions that make it worth spending day or two as tourists in Sacramento when you visit for NAHBS. Visit for more info.

From the Blogs

Just saw the time lapse video of a day in the life of the Ahearne workshop, definitely worth a lookRichard Sachs got a nice interview with Italian publication Bici da Corsa and is now in full swing with his RGM Watches-Richard Sachs cross team … Independent Fabrications is enjoying the culinary delights of their new neighborhoodDean Titanium, apart from experimenting with new materials, looks like they have some great warehouse deals going … We’ve been hearing a lot about Chris Bishop. ran a nice tour of his workshop not so long ago … Cyfac has entered a partnership with VeloBrands as its new UK distributorDeFeet has unveiled its new Fall stylesMike DeSalvo has a deal going on one of his all-time favorite steel bike set-upsGates Carbon Drive did well with two podium spots at Cross Vegas, and you can see Team Gates Carbon Drive in action again at SSCXWC in San Francisco this November … Carl Strong got a great story in the July Popular Mechnics … Rody at Groovy Cycleworks is publishing an online build list for his customers, check it out!


The world’s number one custom bicycle show, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. In 2012 it is scheduled for March 2-4, in Sacramento, California. NAHBS showcases the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point – both online and in person- for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to 174 exhibitors and 7300 attendees (2011).

Source: NAHBS News

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