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Surf Bikes, Samurai Swords and Funk Machines: Gates Belts the North American Handmade Bike Show

  March 24, 2015

Chris Sulfrian of REEB Cycles was bunny hopping happy at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. As we all were. NAHBS is the premier showcase for custom bicycles from across America and the world. Gates photographer Tim Lucking was in Louisville, Kentucky, to capture the iconic images that make NAHBS such a treat for bike nerds.

First up is this beach bike from Groovy Cycles. The rear rack includes a mount for carrying a surfboard and the frame is hand painted with an ocean theme. The wooden rims and fenders are handmade, and the saddle was hand-engraved with a photo of the bike’s owner catching a wave.

Groovy surf bike

Groovy surf bike top tube

Groovy surf saddle

Groovy Cycles owner Rody Walters produced this custom singlespeed mountain bike for his daughter, Emily, who will race it this season in her high school league. Looks like she can’t wait to get this Funk Machine dirty.

Groovy Emily with Bike

Groovy funk machine

Vibe Cycles created this belted fat bike, “The Knarr,” for snow riding in Idaho. Sweet detailing with the snowflake rear light and curvaceous top tube.

Vibe the Knarr

Vibe the Knarr logo

Vibe the Knarr snowflake

From Japan comes the Samurai Bike, inspired by the armor and swords of the ancient warriors. How much does it cost? If you have to ask you can’t afford it.

Samurai bike

Samurai logo

REEB, the bike brand of Oskar Blues Brewery, presented multiple belted bikes including this fat bike with the Pinion gearbox and Carbon Drive Red.

REEB pinion complete

REEB pinion

This cyclocross bike from REEB is red hot and ready for some beer handups.

REEB cx

REEB yella pils

REEB’s rugged Sam’s Pants commuter with a Rohloff internally geared hub and belt is perfect for Colorado cruising.

REEB beer bike

The REEB crew does snow rides every Tuesday night in Colorado all winter. We would too if we had one of these Donkadonk fat bikes with a dropper seatpost.

REEB donkadonk headbadge

REEB donkadonk

REEB’s Dikyelous SS mountain bike is a singletrack slayer. Love that headbadge!

REEB tyreeb

REEB tyreeb headbadge

Rohloff USA distributor Cycle Monkey partnered with Gates and REEB to show multiple Rohloff/Carbon Drive rigs, including this full suspension titanium beast with internal cable routing from Black Sheep.

Black Sheep internal cables

Black Sheep rohloff mtb

This lovely Black Sheep 29-plus with red anodized rims and Rohloff hub shows the ability to color match with the new Carbon Drive Red belts.

Black Sheep red rohloff

Black Sheep red rohloff drive

Bamboo specialists Boo Cycles got freaky with its color scheme on this singlespeed mountain bike.

Boo SS drive

Boo SS

Calfee’s carbon tandem is a fast machine built for two. The Gates timing belt saves considerable weight over a chain, and Calfee’s joinery is impeccable.

Calfee tandem

Calfee tandem joinery

Master builder Kent Eriksen is a titanium specialist who created this tandem traveler that comes apart with couplers.

Eriksen tandem with Kent

Eriksen tandem couplers and belt

This wooden beauty from Connor Wood Cycles was commissioned by the Louisville Slugger baseball bat company, and it is now in the Slugger museum in Louisville.

Connor Wood Louisville Slugger

Connor Wood belt

Dean Cycles makes us dream of cyclocross season with this stealthy black rig.

Dean cx

Dean cx headbadge

The Siskiyou from Co-Motion features 650b/27.5 wheels for rugged touring and is named for the mountain range near the company’s headquarters in Oregon.

Co-Motion Siskiyou

Co-Motion Siskiyou Rohloff

This post features just a small sample of the photos Tim Lucking grabbed in Louisville. To see more,click here. Thanks to all the builders who created such fine bikes featuring Gates Carbon Drive. We will see you all next year in Sacramento, California.

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