The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is in Denver this year, so I went down on opening day to check it out. The show is at the Denver Convention Center and runs until Sunday afternoon.
Commuters / all-rounders:
This builder (donkelope from Bellingham, WA) installed an old gas lamp retrofitted with an LED light. Check out the curly brake cable shields, too:
The so-called "fat bikes" with monster 3 or 4 inch tires were everywhere.
Built for a lumberjack, from Moots in Steamboat Springs:
Full or partial wood frames, including bamboo:
This eye-catching frame is made of mahogony (base) and hickory (seat stay?):
Bamboo fat bike from boo in Ft. Collins:
Belt-drive (instead of traditional chain) drive trains continue to be featured at NAHBS. Some say they are a solution without a problem, others think they will replace chains some day:
Belt drive requires a different frame (you can't re-purpose an older one) and you must use an internal hub: no derailleurs.
And a few more:
I saw a number of frames that used stainless steel:
A bike from one of the deans of independent frame builders, Richard Sachs. Buyers spend years on the waiting list to get a bike from him:
Nice detail on the frame painting:
Wooden wheel rims: