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The words “obligatory NAHBS recap” have been posted so many times the bandwidth and energy used recapping the #bestNAHBSever could power a small town in China for the better part of a decade. We’ve got a lot to cover but we’re also in the final stages of debuting a new website/blog so I’m going to save the gems for that and in the meantime direct you towards some of the other fantastic coverage of the weekend, care of our friends across the web.

Here goes:

Prolly Is Not Probably:
Recent Roll: Marty and His Geekhouse Woodville
Beautiful Bicycle: My Geekhouse Woodville Details
2011 NAHBS Recon: Geekhouse Bikes
What A Way To End The Day
NAHBS a category (because John’s tag coverage was just too thorough)
And of course… The Flickr heard ’round the world: John Prolly on Flickr

Urban Velo:
All of Urban Velo’s NAHBS coverage over the years.
Brad Q’s Geekhouse Polo-Bike Review

Bicycling Magazine:
Interview with Ben Serotta, Richard Sachs, Gary Smith, Andy Hampsten and our own Gregory Ralich!

COG Magazine’s photography was, as always, on point all weekend long!
Day 1 (keep your eyes peeled for tons of #partymarty shots),
Day 2
(you’ve got a great one there of Greggles and customer #1 Andy of Andy & Sandi fame).

Cycle EXIF:
Geekhouse Woodville


“Simple ‘n sweet” interview with Bradford of Geekhouse Bikes

Bike Snob:

“hipster” cycling had reached its apotheosis

Bike Rumor:

Geekhouse Bikes’ Trick Bicycle Builds for Prolly, Urban Velo, Others

Trend Hunter:

Geekhouse Woodville, booze holding bikes

Geekhouse Bikes NAHBS Flickr Set:

And there’s a ton more! If you haven’t seen any shots from this weekend either on our 2011 NAHBS Flickr Set or somewhere else then I am sorry you lead such an unfulfilled life. Next post from us will be on the all new site! See you there.

The Handmade Show was a blast. We plowed through snowpocalypse 2.0 and about 40 Red Bulls to get there. After arriving late Thursday and scrambling to set up as much as possible before they shut down the convention center for the night; we took care of all the finishing touches Friday morning. We were finally ready to exhibit; and we exhibited the crap outta the place.

NAHBS 2010

We want to provide an in-depth look at the bits and bobs that made our bikes stick out, the pieces that made our February the most stressful month of the year, and the ones that couldn’t have been possible without some amazing and truly innovative work from our friends.

First up: Bianca P’s Woodville

When we began designing a bike for Bianca to ride from Boston to San Francisco.. I’ll admit it, we geeked out a bit. We drew up some awesome plans for a beast of a touring machine with disc brakes, powder coated rims, and more. When it came down to it we realized that that wasn’t the bike she needed for her trip and it wasn’t the bike she wanted to ride. We linked up with Tom of Velo Orange Imports and with his help we moved towards a more polished aesthetic that oozed class.

Urban Velo NAHBS Pics

After that we knew that this needed something extra to hold its own against the best of the best at the biggest bike show in the hemisphere. Enter Aaron Panone. You might remember a project from last year that also involved Aaron’s help- the introduction of our integrated chain tensioners at the 2009 NAHBS. His eye for machine work is inspirational to say the least. With the help of our in-house graphic designer Dan St. Germain– we designed the new Geekhouse cursive script that appears on Bianca’s bike; it shows up here, not only for the first time ever on any Geekhouse, but it also was realized with the help of Aaron in the form of a laser cut polished stainless down tube badge.

Urban Velo NAHBS Pics

We instantly fell in love with the script and the aesthetics were really honed in from as many angles as we could conjure up.

Next came time to add the function. Joshua Wright, our go-to electrical engineer, alongside Aaron designed a unique one-off bit that was missed by anyone who just breezed by. With the help of Aaron’s machine work and Joshua’s fervor for LEDs we integrated two lights, one in the fork and one in the seat post, that are powered through the front generator hub. Using a capacitor so that Bianca didn’t lose her beams every time she stopped at a red light, as well as a cored out bass guitar string internally routed through the fork and seat tube.. Joshua and Aaron had put the finishing touch on that perfect harmony of fashion and function.

NAHBS 2010

While it took a few late night to pull it all together the reactions at the show were worth all the work in the world. When someone would get close with a big fancy macro lens- it was a blast to approach them and know you weren’t going to let them down.

Stay tuned for our write-up on Jason H’s Rockcity later this week.


The NAHBS bikes are done! Check out our flickr flickr for full shots!


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