Hed After Hours @ One On One

HED Cycling Products is un-tapping kegs, un-corking bottles and shedding parkas for a social this weekend at One on One Bicycle Studio.

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Details

Friday, February 15th
7pm-12am, Product preview, social

Saturday, February 16th¨
10am “ 7pm, Product demos, informational talks, 7pm “ 12am, Social
117 Washington Ave N. | Warehouse District ¨Minneapolis

More HED

  • The Hotspur debuted at the Handmade Bike Show with the new Ardennes
  • Trek blogged about working with Steve Hed in the wind tunnel
  • I’ll ride the Ardennes extensively in Maui next week and post all about them.


Builders at the Handmade Bike Show

In our 3rd video from the Handmade Bike Show, we stop at the Dean booth, check a Roark S&S frame, see the JK special, and the BME C-Thru. We also talk with Bike Friday about the Tikit, custom carbon frames from RR Velo, and wondered what the robots were all about at the SRAM booth.

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Impressions of NAHMBS

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I took the family on a quick trip down I-5 to see the show. My little guy made it a little “interesting” as he was on a mission to turn every crank and wheel he could reach. At most bike shops, this is cute and fun. At the show…not so much.

Pictures here

A couple impressions:

  1. Lots of people complaining that it’s $18 to get in the show, and yet they are oogling at $10k bike frames. The detail on these bikes is certainly amazing, but it seems that this doesn’t make sense as a business model. The pricing on even the lower-end frames at this show are well over $1k, but it’s not the doctor/lawyer set clamoring for these things. I hope there’s enough folks out there to pay for these amazing rigs.

  2. Bike parking was a mess. I was rather surprised to see this in Portland where all the locals rode there. There was even a sign saying that if you locked your bike to a tree or a handrail, that it would be “towed”. Ridiculous. My wife did mention that “man there are a lot of Surly’s”.

  3. Paint these days is truly incredible. Vanilla Cycles has a new group called “Coat” with some amazing work.

  4. Racks are big - I was surprised to see how many clever options were shown by the various builders. There were even a couple guys just pitching racks.

  5. The trend is City bikes, and not necessarily commuter bikes. I take a pretty common route that’s ~20mi each way. There is a large group of folks who follow the same route, and I can’t say that many of the bikes there met the needs of the longer-run commuter set. I mostly wanted to see comfortable road bikes with fatter tires, disk brakes, etc. I only saw 2.

  6. Somebody needs to invite Robin Williams or some other loaded bike nut to this thing to buy up all the stock to keep these guys in business. The creativity in the room came up with some really innovative work and hopefully there is enough dollars to keep it rolling.



Custom Fizik Saddles

arione%20bianchi%20wcs.jpeg I’ll admit it: I’m obsessive about colours on bikes. I know that black saddles are practical, but they so soboring. I love seeing someone with a white saddle on a black bike. To me, a new white saddle says, I’ll get dirty but I look good now.

But how about white with gold, or maybe metallic red? Fizik’s US distributor, Highway2, is offering a custom saddle program through selected bike shops. Expect a wait and an upcharge.

I’ve got a Bianchi bike on order…maybe I’ll get celeste with world champ stripes down the middle. But how will that look? No worries, the Fizik website has a nice little interactive that allows you to see your saddle before you order. Go there and play with the colours. Some saddles offer more options than others.

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More Video from the Handmade Bike Show

Bike Hugger visits the North American Handmade Bike Show and meets some attendees outside, spots the Kona Ute and its designer; checks a frame from Naked, wood frames from Renovo, and a bottom-bracket disc brake from Sycip.

Bikes shown:

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