North American Handmade Bicycle Show

These Are the 18 Best Handmade Bikes of the Year


December 23, 2019 Sports and Outdoors By Photo by NAHBS

In March 2019, hundreds of handbuilt bicycle fans descended on Sacramento, California. The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) celebrated its 15th year by bringing more than 210 international and American independent bicycle exhibitors (bikes, frames, parts, paint, accessories and more) to the west coast. You won’t see bikes from the big brand names that are easily recognized at your local bike shop — these are the works of individual and small groups of makers who view bicycles as functional art. Their work was on full display, and NAHBS’s panel of judges took on the difficult job of determining the show’s best in a series of categories. Here are the 18 that rose to the top.

Best in Show: No. 22 Bicycle Company

Best New Builder: Porter Cycles

President’s Choice: Hartley Cycles

President’s Choice: Panasonic Cycle Technology

People’s Choice: Mars Cycles

Best Artisan Bike: Black Sheep Bikes

Best City/Utility Bike: Rex Cycles

Best Cyclocross Bike: McGovern Cycles

Best Gravel Bike: Seven Cycles

Best Mountain Bike: Mosaic Cycles

Best Road Bike: Seven Cycles

Best Tandem Bike: Bingham Built

Best Track Bike: T°RED Bikes

Best TIG Welded Frame: Bingham Built

Best Layup: Pursuit Cycles

Best Finish: Ioklin Frameworks

Best Fillet: Black Cat Bicycle Designs

Best Lugged Frame: DiNucci Cycles

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Tanner Bowden

Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.

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