North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The 22 Best Handmade Bicycles of 2018

February 22, 2018 Sports and Outdoors : Sports By Photo by NAHBS

Over the weekend, hundreds of handbuilt bicycle fans descended on Hartford Connecticut. The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) celebrated its 14th year by bringing nearly 160 international and American independent bicycle exhibitors (bikes, frames, parts, paint, accessories and more) to New England for the first time. As the show specifies, “NAHBS showcases the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle.” The rolling art was on full display, and the judges had the difficult job of determining the show’s best in a series of categories. Here the 22 that rose to the top.

Best in Show: Altruiste Bicycle Company

President’s Choice: Salt Air Cycles

Best Lugged Frame and Best Road Bike: J. P. Weigle

Best TIG Welded: Kent Eriksen Cycles

Best Mountain Bike: Altruiste Bicycle Company

Best Cyclocross Bike: Triton Bikes

Best Gravel Bike: Breismeister Bicycles

Best Tandem Bike: Chapman Cycles

Best Carbon Layup: Crumpton Cycles

Best Track Bike: Tred Bikes

Best Finish: Enigma Bicycle Works

Best City/Utility: Salt Air Cycles

Best Artisan Bike: Blacksheep Bikes

Best Fillet Brazed: Bishop Bikes

Special Judges Exhibit Award: No. 22 Bicycles

Best New Exhibitor: Eyewater Bicycles

Campagnolo Best Build: Enigma Bicycle Works

Columbus Best Build: Sklar Bikes

Columbus Best Build: Stinner Frameworks

Columbus Best Build: Don Walker Cycles

Best Silca Build: FiftyOne Bikes

Best Boyd Build: Vélocolour