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In pictures: The 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

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March 20, 2014

NAHBS 2014 featured over 150 exhibitors from around the world

NAHBS 2014 featured over 150 exhibitors from around the world

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Ask someone to list off the world's most innovative bicycles, and chances are that they'll mention some mass-produced bikes made by big-name manufacturers. The fact is, though, it's more often the smaller, independent builders that are doing the real innovating. For the past 10 years, many of them have been showing off their latest builds at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). We attended this year's event, which took place last weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here's a look at some of the things that really caught our eye.

NAHBS 2014 featured over 150 exhibitors from around the world – although most of them were from North America.

Given our mandate here at Gizmag, we were particularly interested in finding examples of out-of-the-box thinking – bikes that might be a little too "alternative" to sell in huge numbers, but that demonstrate a willingness to experiment with things like new frame materials, geometries, or drive trains.

There were plenty.

We've already covered some of the standout cycling innovations over the past week, but you can take a peek at the rest in this article's photo gallery. Just be warned that doing so may cause extreme bicycle lust.

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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4 Comments

Lots of interesting bikes but ...not a single recumbent? Or were they banned?

mgb
21st March, 2014 @ 03:13 am PDT

The recumbent manufacturers have their own trade show called Recumbent Cycle-Con. http://recumbentcyclecon.blogspot.com/.

overbyte
21st March, 2014 @ 09:19 am PDT

thanks for the recumbent link. I am shocked at the overabundance of design, but I guess conspicuous consumption is not foreign to cycling circles. As for engineering, a few highlights kept me plodding thru the pictures. I have more smiles looking thru low rider coverage of the bikes in so cal!

still a diamond flat frame...except those excludable "recumbenteers!

Walt Stawicki
21st March, 2014 @ 12:16 pm PDT

Bikes are one. (NAHBS includes dozens of bike (and trike) types. Zero reason to exclude one.)

Jeff Potter
28th May, 2014 @ 08:02 am PDT
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