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NAHBS 2016 award-winning bikes: Breadwinner Cycles, English Cycles, Argonaut, Sarto and more

The most beautifully made bikes from the recent North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) took place last weekend and showcased some of the finest hand-built bicycles from some of the finest frame builders and brands in the cycle industry. 

And every year the organisers host the awards, handing out rosettes to the best bikes across a broad spectrum of categories. So without further ado, here are the winners. 

Riding Discipline Division

This is the award for fully complete bikes, with paint and component choices a factor.

Best City Bike/Utility bike: Breadwinner Cycles

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Best road bike: English Cycles

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Best mountain bike: Alchemy Bicycle Company

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Best cyclocross bike: Kent Eriksen Cycles

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Best track bike: Sarto Antonio Cycles

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Best tandem bike: Co-Motion Cycles

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Construction Division

These are the awards for the best examples of bicycle building, from lugged to TIG welded frames and the best carbon fibre layup.

Best lugged frame: DiNucci Cycles

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Best fillet frame: Rex Cycles

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Best TIG frame: Kent Eriksen Cycles

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Best Layup: Argonaut Cycles

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Overall Design Division

This is the awards for complete bikes with a theme, concept or heritage story.

Best Artisan: DeKerf Cycle Innovations  

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Best finish: Caletti Cycles

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People’s choice: Alchemy Bicycle Company

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President’s choice and Campagnolo Award: Bixxis

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Best new builder: Cryptic Cycles

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Which bike is your pick of the show?

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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alexb | 7 years ago
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Even so, the images can still be rescued a bit with a bit of adjustment to the levels in Photoshop.

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lushmiester | 7 years ago
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A beautiful sight for a tuesday morning, an example of when form and function meet with craftmanship and simplicity to make pure joyious harmony. Shame the photography is not of a similar standard. Happily the bikes still shine.

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macrophotofly | 7 years ago
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Just shows why you shouldn't leave photography to an amateur. Bikes are lovely but I can't see them. NAHBS should be shot and their entrants should demand some of the money back for such poorly overexposed photos to advertise their bikes.

Just went over the the NAHBS website to see if the pictures were better there. Oddly some are but still a lot are overexposed. Seems like the photographer set the exposure for the dark grey mechanical parts of the first bike he/she took and then left the settings there for the rest. As a result you get some clear views of bog standard Shimano drive trains and almost nothing of the lighter coloured  frames where all the excitment should be.

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Aezreth | 7 years ago
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As a cycling enthusiast these bikes warm my heart, but as a professional photographer the photos hurt my eyes. Embarrassing really.

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albabairn | 7 years ago
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Pity that "English" bikes can't get their flag right. Tut, tut.

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matthewn5 | 7 years ago
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That Blixxis bike has the cranks put together wrong. They are not at 180 degrees to each other.

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Rapha Nadal | 7 years ago
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One day, an Argonaut will be mine.  Oh yes.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers | 7 years ago
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Lovely bikes but dear lord that is some crappy photography.  I hope whoever took those images isn't charging.

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David Arthur @d... replied to Peowpeowpeowlasers | 7 years ago
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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:

Lovely bikes but dear lord that is some crappy photography.  I hope whoever took those images isn't charging.

 

Yes sorry about the photos, that is what the show PR people provided us with - would love to have been there to shoot the bikes myself

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jasecd replied to David Arthur @davearthur | 7 years ago
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David Arthur @davearthur wrote:

Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:

Lovely bikes but dear lord that is some crappy photography.  I hope whoever took those images isn't charging.

 

Yes sorry about the photos, that is what the show PR people provided us with - would love to have been there to shoot the bikes myself

 

I'm sure you can expose an image properly! 

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