NAHBS - News NAHBS News en-us Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:33:39 UTC (Todd Heckeler) (Todd Heckeler) NAHBS 2011 News: NAHBS 2012: March 2-4, Sacramento Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:36:01 +0000 Join us next year, March 2-4 in Sacramento, California’s capital city, and neighbor of the cycling center of Davis.

]]> NAHBS 2011 News: It's a Wrap - See You in 2012 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:10:50 +0000 Happy Trails, Y’all

That’s it for our blog coverage of the 2011 NAHBS in Austin. But please continue to visit the NAHBS website for updates on next year’s show, the planning for which has already begun.

At this time we’d like to thank all the individuals, corporations and organizations that make this show a huge success every year.

A huge thank you to show director and NAHBS founder Don Walker and his management team, who keep the show simultaneously relevant to the entire cycling industry, and true to its original vision; no mean task.

Many thanks to NAHBS’ corporate and media sponsors, without whom the show could not exist: Shimano, New Belgium Brewery, Giordana, DeFeet, Mellow Johnny’s and Bicycle Sport Shop, Bicycling Magazine,, Momentum Magazine, MountainFlyer Magazine, DirtRag, and Cog Magazine.

A big thank you to our builders and vendors, who continue to innovate, generate new ideas and methods, and create the best bicycle-related products on the planet.

And finally, a Texas-sized thank you to the great city of Austin and its active cycling community, who provided the volunteers and bottomless enthusiasm necessary to produce a great show. Austin gave us killer food and music in its inimitable style that added to, but did not overwhelm, the show itself.

We’ll see you next year in Sacramento, California for the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show!

]]> NAHBS 2011 News: Six-Eleven Bicycle Company Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:28:25 +0000 Like a Speeding Locomotive

Roanoke, VA native Aaron Dykstra uses an icon of his hometown for his bicycle company’s namesake and manufacturing paradigm.

Norfolk and Western Railroad’s “J Class ” locomotive No. 611 was a sleek and streamlined steam locomotive built in the N&W’s Roanoke Shops in May 1950 to haul passenger trains at speed over the Blue Ridge Mountains and onto the flatter terrain of Virginia’s Tidewater region.

After the N&W retired its steam locomotives, No. 611 was resurrected by successor company Norfolk Southern in the 1980s to haul special excursion trains as a symbol of the power, speed and elegance of a bygone industrial era.

Dykstra humbly incorporates those same design virtues – aesthetics and aerodynamics –  in his custom bicycles that channel No. 611′s grace at speed.

2010 NAHBS Rookie of the Year in Richmond, VA, not far from his home, Dykstra hit another homerun at this year’s show in Austin.

As a second-year exhibitor, Dykstra is allowed to display a full range of bicycles at the show. He said that he was a bit “stressed out and intimidated by displaying my line next to the big boys of the custom bike industry.”

A full-time builder for only three years, Dykstra works out of the basement of what was once the first Harley-Davidson dealership in Virginia. Previously a bicycle mechanic in both New York City and Chicago, Dykstra apprenticed under the careful tutelage of famed Japanese-American framebuilder Koichi Yamaguchi.

Moving back home to Virginia to open up his shop and subsist on the “zero dollars” that a new entrepreneur must endure for a period, Dykstra’s talent and refined craft are already raising eyebrows in the handmade bicycle world.

At this year’s NAHBS, Dykstra brought with him a track bike built from the lightweight and corrosion-proof KVA stainless steel tubing that is taking the custom bike world by storm. A piece of ridable art that brims with innovation, the frame also pays homage to tradition with its vintage Italian Cinelli lugs.

It made enough of an impression on the show jury to win Dykstra the “Best Track Frame” award in Austin.

Heady praise for the affable Dykstra, who was “blown away” by winning a top award two years in a row.

“I’m a little shaky in the knees,” he admitted after being on stage to pick up his award. “I never really expected to meet with this kind of success. I just love what I do.”

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]]> NAHBS 2011 News: Faces in the Crowd - Joe Parkin Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:50:37 +0000 A Janus-faced Perspective

Joe Parkin is the only U.S. professional cyclist to have ridden World Championships in three different disciplines: road, mountain bike and cyclocross.

If you’ve read Parkin’s chronicle of his time racing the Kermesse circuit on Belgian and Dutch teams during the late 1980s and early 90s- A Dog in a Hat- you know that he’s not shy about exposing the sometimes sordid world of pro racing and elevating it with his wit and personal insight.

But when I ask Parkin, a first-time visitor to NAHBS and Editor for both Bike Magazine and Paved, what he thinks is the biggest technical innovation he’s seen at the show this year, he uncharacteristically lingers on the question.

“I think it’s the way that builders are using both cutting-edge materials and very traditional designs,” Parkin answers. “It’s as if they’re looking both behind and forward at the same time.”

Asked to identify his favorite bikes he rode as a pro, Parkin lists three.

“You always remember your first team bike, and that was a Zullo that I rode when I was with TVM. It was cool to see [Zullo] at the show this year,” he said.

Parkin went on to cite the Bottecchia that he rode as a teammate of Greg LeMond on the Belgian ADR team as another “beautiful and stable” bike.

But, what took the prize as a backdrop of the photo that I have him pose for is a Serotta of  a similar vintage to the one he rode during his final year as a road pro with Coors Light in 1994.