Moots' fat-tired IMBA Trail Maintenance Cargo Bike - complete with chainsaw, fuel storage, titanium shovel, six pack holder, and glovebox - was a crowd favorite (and the judges like it too), winning Best Theme Bike and People Choice award at NAHBS in Denver.
DENVER — Honors at what is considered the world’s premiere custom bicycle show—the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)— were handed out this weekend during the exhibition, which was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Two rounds of awards took place on Saturday and Sunday to recognize the craft of the handmade bicycle, including honors in each material, TIG welding, bike type, a People’s Choice, and Best of Show.
Best carbon construction — Alchemy Bicycle Co.
Best road bike — Bishop Bikes
Best lugged frame — Bilenky Cycles
Best TIG frame — Steve Potts Cycles
Best titanium construction — Kent Eriksen & Black Sheep Fabrication
Best alternative material — Boo Bicycles
Best city bike — Cherubim by Shin-Ichi Konno
Best mountain bike — Retro-Inglis Cycles
Best cyclocross bike — Mosaic Cycles
Best tandem — Black Sheep Fabrication & Calfee Design
Best track bicycle and Presidents Choice — Matsuda Cycle Factory
Best new builder — Avery County Cycles
Best finish — Winter Bicycles
Best theme bike and Peoples Choice — Moots
Best of show — English Cycles
Best steel construction — No award given
Best experimental design — No award given
Best utility bicycle — No award given
In the categories that received no award, a spokesman for the judges explained, “In the best steel construction category there were no entries. In the best utility bicycle category there were three entries, and the judges were unanimous in their opinion that none of those entries measured up to the standard of last year's award winners.”
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show aims to be a meeting point for framebuilders and consumers looking for custom-made bicycles, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of an industry that dates back to 1819. Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to 200 exhibitors and 8,100 attendees in 2013, according to a NAHBS press release.
A photo gallery of the NAHBS award winners are posted on 2013.handmadebicycleshow.com.