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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

uRideTV:

“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.

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Last night was my first night back from NAHBS in the shop. I spent much of the day trying to unpack the van, clean the shop and get back to the daily grind of Geekhouse. All was going really well and at about 9pm I started to pack up for the night. I checked in on Twitter to see what people were up to and I came across this ad on craiglist for Mike Flannigan’s stolen ANT via bikesnobnyc.

The ad definitely looked fishy, but if there was a chance of getting Mike’s bike back I thought I should try. My immediate response was to call the Richmond PD, when I talked with them they told me that “Mike F. needed to call and report the listing himself”. In the meantime I started e-mailing the potential bike thief trying to set up a meeting. I changed my email to just geekhouse@gmail and cut off my signature. The guy agreed to meet me at 11am in the morning. After I set that up I called a couple friends from Richmond and were seeing if we should meet up with the guy.

One of my friends immediately told me that stuff like this happens all the time in Richmond and that this was definitely a scam. “If you show up to meet the dude he’s going to mug you for the cash”. The story gets even better because later I realized that my signature was accidentally sent on one of the emails so now I’m thinking: there’s a thug in Richmond who’s going to know who I am, and he’s going to come shoot me in the face after the police arrest him for bike theft. So I back out of the deal on the e-mail side of things and just let my friends, who know the Richmond police, start emailing the guy. After I say I’m all set, the thief sends an email saying, “I can’t believe you fell for that”. I think nothing of it and just think the guy realized that I realized that this was a scam. So I went home and went to bed.

I awoke at 6am this morning and it all hit me. This is where is gets a little weird… the last email of the night from the bike thief said “I can’t believe you fell for that.” and suddenly I knew what had happened. This wasn’t some thug gangster from Richmond trying to mug someone for cash, this was somebody else through the Bikesnob twitter playing some kind of sick joke. I emailed Mike (boy is he pissed) and told him that I fucked up, and this was all a joke, and that I should have known better. He told me not to worry about it, and that he was going to remove the Bikesnob link from his blogroll. I e-mailed the thug back and told him that “he got me”. I’m still not sure if this was Bikesnob himself, or he just re-tweeted it for a chuckle. Either way, I felt I need to get back at Bikesnob a bit. I asked myself “What’s the one thing I could do to really mess with Bikesnob?” Then it came to me, I decided to de-mask him to the world; after all no one knows his true identity. So being a big computer geek; I hacked the Bikesnob website and found his IP address; with a little illegal code I found out his true identity. To my surprise it turns out this is not the first time Bikesnob has messed with Geekhouse….

Drum roll please….. The true identity of Bikesnob is Ben Schumin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You might remember the name Ben S. from our Geekhouse news. He’s actually the same Ben Schumin who deleted the Geekhouse Wiki a few months back. His profile even reveals subtle hints that he is in fact Bikesnob. Just look at his interests “Web design, public transportation, and protests!” Ipso facto- he’s into both creating websites, riding bicycles as transportation, and wreaking havoc by means of lambasting all of the cycling communities trending topics. Check and mate. To think, yesterday I was psyched to be called the “American Apparel of boutique bike builders.”

Seriously though, I’m just kidding. Bikesnob is actually this guy.

Anyway, the stolen ANT is still missing. If it wasn’t Bikesnob that created this ad then I apologize for involving Mike Flannigan and Bikesnob and I hope no one holds grudges. In spite of all this Mike doesn’t even want the real thief to be arrested, he just wants his bike back. If anybody does see this bike, please contact ANT direct. Thanks for listening!

-Marty

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

Enjoy!

If you can’t stand the heat then get away from the argon! We’re right in the crux of our preparation for NAHBS. Like last year- we’ll be bringing three bikes down to the show. We’re really excited for the trek, err umm.. the RIDE down to VA.

According to Wikipedia, Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me Liberty or give me Death” speech in the St. John’s Church in Richmond. While it kind of feels like Virginia is biting on Boston’s eighteenth century Revolutionary ‘steeze’ we will let it slide because Richmond is home to Jim Jenkins (creator of Doug!)

Richmond is also-also home to everyone’s favorite- GWAR! While those organizing NAHBS have not yet released a set list for GWAR’s performance at the Show; we’re sure they are going to blow everyone away with hits like MEAT SANDWICH off their landmark 1990 album (cassette?) Ragnarok.

I digress.. We are genuinely thrilled for the show and to spend time in Richmond. We’ll be at all the staples: the Urban Velo photo shoot + surprises, the Trick-Track thing on the 27th + surprises, and of course our booth!
NOW WITH MORE SURPRISES! if prolonged exposure to our surprises causes irritation please consult your local bike shop. Bianca and I might do some exploring on our own- I think we will steer clear of “Colonial Williamsburg” which, from what I gather, is some sort of Virginia Historical Society x RichmondFixedster collabo. project with more colonial-colorways than you can shake a bayonet at.

The best parts of the show is the brilliant spectrum of individuals who will be there too! I’m looking forward to catching up with those roaming gnomes Finkle and Brittain from the I Love My Bike Book project. Ian “legs for dayz” Sutton of Icarus Frames fame will be along for the trip with a surprise build of his own. This barely scratches the proverbial clear coat of all the big shot bikelebrities headed down- including friends like OMGANTBIKEMIKE! and IndyFlab and their bio-luminescent frames made with polished stainless unobtanium lugs or whatever the hell they’re scheming up- not to mention getting to see the freshest work from exhibitors like Bilenky, Cielo, Chris King, and duhh.. Don Walker!

We just locked down our ride and I’m working on our itinerary today. Marty’s under the welding mask and B.K. is somewhere with headphones in. It’s hard to believe the show is in only two wee.. WAIT.. 2 WEEKS?!@&!#@$?!?

BACK TO WORK!

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