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Canadians at 2017 North American Handmade Bicycle Show + Winners – Toronto’s No. 22 Takes Campy Award

by Ben Andrew

March 14, 2017 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – 2017 marked the 13th year of the NAHBS, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show highlights superb craftsmanship in areas including frame and bicycle building, wheels, custom components, and even clothing and accessories.

No. 22  ©  NAHBS
A number of Canadian companies made the trip to this year’s show including Toronto’s very own No. 22 Bicycle Company that won the Campagnolo First Place Award for the best build using Campagnolo parts. Founded in 2012 by Bryce Gracey and Mike Smith, No. 22 is a boutique brand offering titanium frames and complete bikes that is fast gaining a reputation for quality rides.

 ©  Velocolour
Velocolour from Toronto had some fantastic paint jobs on display. They also displayed some of their newer offerings including custom head badges, clothing and accessories.

 ©  BikeCAD.ca
BikeCAD.ca is a design program created by Brent Curry of Vancouver. BikeCAD aids designers and builders with his industry-leading design software. Many of the builders at NABHS use BikeCAD for their projects.

University of the Fraser Valley + Paul Brodie offers a bicycle building class at the school  ©
Legendary western Canadian frame Paul Brodie was in attendance with the University of the Fraser Valley, where he instructs a frame building course. Brodie and UFV had a custom urban bike on display at their booth.

Gro Bikes booth  ©  Marc Weatherill
GroBikes Inc. with Marc Weatherill at the helm makes high quality children’s bikes more accessible via a rental program to help parents as kids grow. He’s launching a pilot at the end of May and eventually hopes to offer bamboo bikes to kids as well. His son Morgan was the inspiration for the company.

Metier Velo  ©

Finally, while not a Canadian company, Métier Velo, based in Salt Lake City, is named after owner Jamie White’s Montreal-born wife. White’s bikes feature 3D printed titanium lugs which are joined with carbon tubing.

Peacock Grove is Best Show  ©  NAHBS
2017 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Winners

Riding Discipline Division

Fully complete bikes, paint and component choices factor into the judging (aesthetic impact and correctness of the discipline)

Best City Bike/ Utility Bike – Shamrock Cycles
Best Road bike – David Kirk
Best Mountain Bike – Skylar
Best Cyclocross Bike – Donhue
Best Gravel Bike – Mosaic Cycles
Best Track Bike – LOW
Best Tandem Bike – Santana
Best Experimental Bike – Rock West Composites
Best Artisan Bike – Black Sheep

Construction Division

Construction categories: All bikes presented for the construction categories (lugged, fillet-brazed, TIG-welded and carbon layup) are presented as naked frames. To make the frames easier to inspect, they are presented with a fork, headset and stem. Painted bikes are deemed ineligible.

Best Fillet Frame – David Kirk
Best TIG Frame – Eriksen
Best Carbon Layup – Alchemy

Overall Design Division

Theme: These are complete bicycles with a description of the theme, concept or heritage the frame builder is portraying. These bicycles will be judged with an eye toward the overall execution of the theme.

Best New Builder – SaltAir
Best Columbus Build – Breadwinner
Campy Award – No. 22
Best Theme – Peacock Groove
Best Finish- Black Magic Paint
People’s Choice- Tallerico
President’s Choice- Enigma Bicycles
Best In Show- Peacock Groove

To view the entire catalog of studio images from the show visit here.

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