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Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show

"So ... ya wanna piece of me?"
Here are some shots of a couple of the Minnesota boys at NAHBS. Erik Noren of Peacock Groove posing all happy and macho with his golden bike and below his beer bike. Erik didn't win any prizes, but he was a presence and at least they didn't try to throw him out this year. We're gaining. First we crawl, then we walk. ;o)  Nice work. If you want more, see Prolly: 

Erik Noren from Peacock Groove is one of my favorite framebuilders. He's all about having bikes that are fun and full of character and this is a huge by-product of Erik's personality. I enjoyed hanging with him and shooting his beautifully unique bicycles during the 2011 NAHBS, especially his own Columbus MAX road bike.
Check out more photos and a slideshow from my coverage of the 2011 NAHBS Peacock Groove booth below.
Continue reading"2011 NAHBS Recon: Peacock Groove"

The Beer Fetcher. For making a quick run to the Hexagon Bar?

Saving the best for last, the quiet one in the room, Vincent Dominguez. They don't pass out a lot of extra awards at the show. Just enough to cover the bases. The one that Vincent received was for "Best Fillet Brazed Bike". And it is a beautifully crafted bike. Two Thumbs up for Vincent and the sweet little mixte he built for his wife. Vincents primary influences and mentors were Minneapolis builders Terry Osell and Chris Kvale. This isn't lugged because of the mixte angles, but if you like fine thin filing, Vincent carries the torch for the next generation of the Kvale style. I think they both would be comfortable with that. Although Kvale doesn't like red.

More pictures of this jewel here.


Mimbres Man said...

Nice bikes. I saw the Beer Bike on DirtRag's coverage. Nice choice of beer. Very blue collar.

Next year in Minneapolis or Sacramento? I've heard both locations mentioned.

Gunnar Berg said...

If it's in Mpls I'll go. Maybe even drag Kvale to it. I know it's been years since he's downed a few with the old guard builders - Sachs, Weigle, Dinucci, etc.

Mimbres Man said...

Weigle wasn't there I hear.
A friend who was there (he lives in TX) said "Its a good time to be a bike geek." meaning there were/are tons of nice bikes to be had.

Gunnar Berg said...

Bike builders don't make a lot of money. It's expensive in both time and money. Young guys may need exposure. Peter John Weigle doesn't.

Mimbres Man said...

Garro wasn't there either. He is too busy building bikes for current customers. Same with Tom Kellogg (Spectrum). Neither could justify it. They have plenty of work to do and don't necessarily need the exposure.

Mimbres Man said...

Just read 2012 will be in Sacramento.

Silk Hope said...

I'll will be in Sacto in'12. Tons of great riding trails. Besides if we get in trouble the Asst. DA is a great friend.

As for the beeer cart where's the damn Pabst?

Peter usually goes to one show a year and that is Dale Brown's confab. See you in Greensboro! yeee haw.

Gunnar Berg said...


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@Silk- I like the sound of that...