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On show: 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Part 5

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Shamrock Cycles showed off this clever commuter/'cross bike. Ride to the start in crappy weather then tear off all the accessories in "less than five minutes" thanks to handy thumbwheels.

Shamrock Cycles showed off this clever commuter/'cross bike. Ride to the start in crappy weather then tear off all the accessories in "less than five minutes" thanks to handy thumbwheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Swallows drop out of the clouds on this Ira Ryan road bike.

Swallows drop out of the clouds on this Ira Ryan road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The front rack and fender on this Shamrock Cycles 'cross bike look cumbersome to remove but come off in a flash thanks to tool-free thumbwheels. The fender is also attached to the rack, not the frame. Also check out the crown-mounted cable stop for shudder-free braking.

The front rack and fender on this Shamrock Cycles 'cross bike look cumbersome to remove but come off in a flash thanks to tool-free thumbwheels. The fender is also attached to the rack, not the frame. Also check out the crown-mounted cable stop for shudder-free braking. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Even the thumbwheels on this Shamrock Cycles bike get some handmade attention with etched logos and tidy leather washers.

Even the thumbwheels on this Shamrock Cycles bike get some handmade attention with etched logos and tidy leather washers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Rather than use an off-the-shelf front derailleur pulley for this 'cross bike, Shamrock Cycles instead milled its own groove directly into the outer race of a cartridge bearing.

Rather than use an off-the-shelf front derailleur pulley for this 'cross bike, Shamrock Cycles instead milled its own groove directly into the outer race of a cartridge bearing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Internal routing for the rear section of derailleur housing and nice brass adjusters on this Shamrock Cycles 'cross bike.

Internal routing for the rear section of derailleur housing and nice brass adjusters on this Shamrock Cycles 'cross bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Adding some stack to the bottom of the stem as shown on this Shamrock Cycles 'cross bike is a neat way to avoid a giant pile of spacers.

Adding some stack to the bottom of the stem as shown on this Shamrock Cycles 'cross bike is a neat way to avoid a giant pile of spacers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shamrock Cycles also displayed this beautiful fillet-brazed stainless steel road bike.

Shamrock Cycles also displayed this beautiful fillet-brazed stainless steel road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This Shamrock Cycles bike may have been the only fillet brazed stainless steel bike at NAHBS.

This Shamrock Cycles bike may have been the only fillet brazed stainless steel bike at NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles really knows how to put customers' names on bikes.

Signal Cycles really knows how to put customers' names on bikes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles reinforces this disc brake dropout with a nicely curved brazed-on tube.

Signal Cycles reinforces this disc brake dropout with a nicely curved brazed-on tube. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles showed off this understated steel hardtail.

Signal Cycles showed off this understated steel hardtail. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Curvy stays decorate the rear end of this Signal Cycles hardtail.

Curvy stays decorate the rear end of this Signal Cycles hardtail. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Need a 6mm Allen wrench? There's one handily sitting right here on the bottle cage of this Signal Cycles machine.

Need a 6mm Allen wrench? There's one handily sitting right here on the bottle cage of this Signal Cycles machine. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Even the bottle mounts on Shamrock Cycles' clever commuter/'cross racer use tool-free thumbwheels with leather washers.

Even the bottle mounts on Shamrock Cycles' clever commuter/'cross racer use tool-free thumbwheels with leather washers. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Neat internal cable routing on this Shamrock Cycles bike.

Neat internal cable routing on this Shamrock Cycles bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Some might consider it sacrilege to treat a Richard Sachs bike is such a way but this is just how he intends for his 'cross bikes to be.

Some might consider it sacrilege to treat a Richard Sachs bike is such a way but this is just how he intends for his 'cross bikes to be. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Richard Sachs is one of few builders to use pinned joints on his steel frames.

Richard Sachs is one of few builders to use pinned joints on his steel frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Richard Sachs brought a bare "in progress" frame to help demonstrate his process.

Richard Sachs brought a bare "in progress" frame to help demonstrate his process. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Richard Sachs construction plus Joe Bell paint result in this timeless combination.

Richard Sachs construction plus Joe Bell paint result in this timeless combination. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Richard Sachs uses his own range of lugs for his steel frames.

Richard Sachs uses his own range of lugs for his steel frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Richard Sachs bikes make look the same every year but he's continually refining his processes and his waiting list is still seven years long.

Richard Sachs bikes make look the same every year but he's continually refining his processes and his waiting list is still seven years long. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The head tube lugs on this Richard Sachs road bike include his trademark yellow windows.

The head tube lugs on this Richard Sachs road bike include his trademark yellow windows. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Richard Sachs also showed off this elegant steel track bike.

Richard Sachs also showed off this elegant steel track bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The 650b wheel size seems to be losing favor in the mass market but the handmade crowd still made fairly widespread use of it at NAHBS as seen on this Shamrock Cycles full-suspension bike.

The 650b wheel size seems to be losing favor in the mass market but the handmade crowd still made fairly widespread use of it at NAHBS as seen on this Shamrock Cycles full-suspension bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Gorgeous paint work on this Shamrock Cycles mountain bike.

Gorgeous paint work on this Shamrock Cycles mountain bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This Shamrock Cycles "monster crosser" features room for giant 700c tires, drop bars, and disc brakes front and rear.

This Shamrock Cycles "monster crosser" features room for giant 700c tires, drop bars, and disc brakes front and rear. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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So-called monster crossers made a big splash at NAHBS this year.

So-called monster crossers made a big splash at NAHBS this year. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The neat steel rear end on this Shamrock Cycles monster crosser easily clears the big 700c Kenda tires.

The neat steel rear end on this Shamrock Cycles monster crosser easily clears the big 700c Kenda tires. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Paul's revamped center-pull brakes are fitted at both ends of this Signal Cycles rig.

Paul's revamped center-pull brakes are fitted at both ends of this Signal Cycles rig. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Leather washer, fender strut mount, presta valve collar, fender strut mount, bolt - lots going on at the fork tips of this Signal Cycles bike.

Leather washer, fender strut mount, presta valve collar, fender strut mount, bolt - lots going on at the fork tips of this Signal Cycles bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Trick flip-flop down tube logo from Vendetta Cycles.

Trick flip-flop down tube logo from Vendetta Cycles. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vendetta Cycles routes the front brake line through the stem on this townie.

Vendetta Cycles routes the front brake line through the stem on this townie. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vendetta finishes off its neon green track bike with a lugged steel fork.

Vendetta finishes off its neon green track bike with a lugged steel fork. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vendetta included a one-piece steel bar and stem for the front end of its track bike at NAHBS.

Vendetta included a one-piece steel bar and stem for the front end of its track bike at NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vendetta built this track bike using Columbus Max tubing.

Vendetta built this track bike using Columbus Max tubing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Blue-anodized Araya Super Aero rims make an appearance on Vendetta's track bike at NAHBS.

Blue-anodized Araya Super Aero rims make an appearance on Vendetta's track bike at NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Special lugs are required for the ovalized Columbus Max tubing on Vendetta's track bike at NAHBS.

Special lugs are required for the ovalized Columbus Max tubing on Vendetta's track bike at NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Zanconato showed off this classic-looking lugged steel road bike complete with hammered fenders and Ritchey's Classic range of aluminum bits.

Zanconato showed off this classic-looking lugged steel road bike complete with hammered fenders and Ritchey's Classic range of aluminum bits. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Zanconato integrates threads into the new inner 'cross chainrings.

Zanconato integrates threads into the new inner 'cross chainrings. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mike Zanconato is primarily a frame builder but has also now launched himself into the world of 'cross-specific chainrings.

Mike Zanconato is primarily a frame builder but has also now launched himself into the world of 'cross-specific chainrings. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Zanconato showed off this lugged steel 'cross bike. We don't expect it to stay this clean for long.

Zanconato showed off this lugged steel 'cross bike. We don't expect it to stay this clean for long. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Top tube cable routing on this Zanconato 'cross bike.

Top tube cable routing on this Zanconato 'cross bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Zanconato went modern with this Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped lugged steel road racer with internal wiring.

Zanconato went modern with this Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped lugged steel road racer with internal wiring. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Great lugwork on the front end of this Vendetta townie.

Great lugwork on the front end of this Vendetta townie. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Vendetta Cycles showed off this tastefully color-matched green townie.

Vendetta Cycles showed off this tastefully color-matched green townie. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles won "Best City Bike" of NAHBS with this looker.

Signal Cycles won "Best City Bike" of NAHBS with this looker. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Beautiful stainless steel lugs are used on the front end of this Signal Cycles city bike.

Beautiful stainless steel lugs are used on the front end of this Signal Cycles city bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles also built a custom rear rack for its award-winning city bike - a work of art in and of itself.

Signal Cycles also built a custom rear rack for its award-winning city bike - a work of art in and of itself. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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No mistaking where Signal Cycles calls home.

No mistaking where Signal Cycles calls home. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The front rack on this Signal Cycles randonneur bike serves double duty as a bag mount and perch for the front light.

The front rack on this Signal Cycles randonneur bike serves double duty as a bag mount and perch for the front light. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles brought this elegant randonneur bike to NAHBS.

Signal Cycles brought this elegant randonneur bike to NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The polished stainless steel lugs contrast nicely with the pearl white paint on this Signal Cycles randonneur bike.

The polished stainless steel lugs contrast nicely with the pearl white paint on this Signal Cycles randonneur bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal fits a Schmidt dynamo-powered light and painted-to-match fenders on its randonneur bike at NAHBS.

Signal fits a Schmidt dynamo-powered light and painted-to-match fenders on its randonneur bike at NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Don't confuse "classic" with "old". The rear light on this Signal Cycles randonneur uses modern electronics and LED emitters.

Don't confuse "classic" with "old". The rear light on this Signal Cycles randonneur uses modern electronics and LED emitters. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The brazed stainless steel stem on this Signal Cycles rando bike matches perfectly with the lugs.

The brazed stainless steel stem on this Signal Cycles rando bike matches perfectly with the lugs. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles is adding a production model called Saltzman for customers that want the custom look but can't afford the custom price tag.

Signal Cycles is adding a production model called Saltzman for customers that want the custom look but can't afford the custom price tag. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Signal Cycles' new Saltzman features elegant S-bend stays.

Signal Cycles' new Saltzman features elegant S-bend stays. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Polished faces on this Vendetta Cycles townie prevent paint chips and also lend a nice aesthetic touch.

Polished faces on this Vendetta Cycles townie prevent paint chips and also lend a nice aesthetic touch. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire feeds neatly into the down tube on this Zanconato road bike.

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire feeds neatly into the down tube on this Zanconato road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The stem is painted to match on this Ira Ryan.

The stem is painted to match on this Ira Ryan. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mike Zanconato adds his personal stamp to this Columbus Max seat lug.

Mike Zanconato adds his personal stamp to this Columbus Max seat lug. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mark DiNucci crafted this chain stay bridge from steel sheet metal.

Mark DiNucci crafted this chain stay bridge from steel sheet metal. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mark DiNucci also showed off this simple-looking red townie.

Mark DiNucci also showed off this simple-looking red townie. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The cables are run inside the bar on this Mark DiNucci townie.

The cables are run inside the bar on this Mark DiNucci townie. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mark DiNucci files his lug points down to virtually nothing for an incredibly clean transition.

Mark DiNucci files his lug points down to virtually nothing for an incredibly clean transition. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Brooks saddles were very common at NAHBS but Ideale ones like on this Mark DiNucci bike were much more rare.

Brooks saddles were very common at NAHBS but Ideale ones like on this Mark DiNucci bike were much more rare. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The internal seatpost wedge on this Mark DiNucci bike yields an especially uncluttered seat cluster.

The internal seatpost wedge on this Mark DiNucci bike yields an especially uncluttered seat cluster. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Paragon dropouts are used on this Ellis 29er.

Paragon dropouts are used on this Ellis 29er. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles doesn't build many mountain bikes but did make an exception for this beautiful personal rig.

Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles doesn't build many mountain bikes but did make an exception for this beautiful personal rig. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The extended lug points effectively make for built-in gussets on this Ellis hardtail.

The extended lug points effectively make for built-in gussets on this Ellis hardtail. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Brazed-on sleeves on this Ellis hardtail effectively make for one big head tube lug.

Brazed-on sleeves on this Ellis hardtail effectively make for one big head tube lug. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The open bottom on this Ellis bottom bracket shell provides plenty of room for installing the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wiring harness while also allowing easy water drainage.

The open bottom on this Ellis bottom bracket shell provides plenty of room for installing the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wiring harness while also allowing easy water drainage. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The unmistakable beauty of an Ellis dropout.

The unmistakable beauty of an Ellis dropout. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ellis built this frame specifically for cruising dirt road with extra tire clearances and short-arm TRP linear pull brakes.

Ellis built this frame specifically for cruising dirt road with extra tire clearances and short-arm TRP linear pull brakes. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The rear light is neatly attached to the seat stay on this Mark DiNucci bike.

The rear light is neatly attached to the seat stay on this Mark DiNucci bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Grips are hand wrapped and lacquered on this Mark DiNucci-built townie.

Grips are hand wrapped and lacquered on this Mark DiNucci-built townie. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The bottom bracket area on this Dave Anderson Reynolds 953 road bike is awash in gleaming silver.

The bottom bracket area on this Dave Anderson Reynolds 953 road bike is awash in gleaming silver. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Remember these? Dave Anderson brazes a handyColumbine chain catcher on to the chain stay of his Reynolds 953 road frame.

Remember these? Dave Anderson brazes a handyColumbine chain catcher on to the chain stay of his Reynolds 953 road frame. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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High-performance mixes with high-convenience on the dropouts of this Dave Anderson stainless steel road bike.

High-performance mixes with high-convenience on the dropouts of this Dave Anderson stainless steel road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Dave Anderson won the "President's Choice" award at NAHBS for this gleaming lugged stainless steel road bike.

Dave Anderson won the "President's Choice" award at NAHBS for this gleaming lugged stainless steel road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The swathes of silver are nicely offset by patches of blue on this Dave Anderson road bike.

The swathes of silver are nicely offset by patches of blue on this Dave Anderson road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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No words needed on this Dave Anderson stainless steel seat cluster. Amazing.

No words needed on this Dave Anderson stainless steel seat cluster. Amazing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Roland Della Santa's Ossobuco frame features reinforcing tubes that are pierced and brazed into the chain stays for extra torsional stiffness.

Roland Della Santa's Ossobuco frame features reinforcing tubes that are pierced and brazed into the chain stays for extra torsional stiffness. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Roland Della Santa first drills the holes in the stays, brazes in short sections of tubes, then grinds and files the ends flush with the rest of the stay. According to Della Santa, each set of stays takes about half a day to create.

Roland Della Santa first drills the holes in the stays, brazes in short sections of tubes, then grinds and files the ends flush with the rest of the stay. According to Della Santa, each set of stays takes about half a day to create. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Roland Della Santa is best known for supplying frames to Greg LeMond back in his early days.

Roland Della Santa is best known for supplying frames to Greg LeMond back in his early days. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The chain guide on this DiNucci almost looks too nice to use.

The chain guide on this DiNucci almost looks too nice to use. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The crankarms are highly polished on this DiNucci.

The crankarms are highly polished on this DiNucci. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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White Industries hubs and anti-theft skewers complement each other nicely.

White Industries hubs and anti-theft skewers complement each other nicely. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Mark DiNucci's green townie won "Best in Show" at this year's NAHBS.

Mark DiNucci's green townie won "Best in Show" at this year's NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The tidy brazed-on loop on this Ellis dropout provides a built-in guide for the rear section of housing.

The tidy brazed-on loop on this Ellis dropout provides a built-in guide for the rear section of housing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ellis uses a clamp-on front derailleur setup on his oversized steel frames.

Ellis uses a clamp-on front derailleur setup on his oversized steel frames. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ellis Cycles normally uses this port for a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wiring harness but it's instead used here for the rear light wire.

Ellis Cycles normally uses this port for a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wiring harness but it's instead used here for the rear light wire. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Herbie Helm brazed center-pull brake studs on to the top of the fork crown.

Herbie Helm brazed center-pull brake studs on to the top of the fork crown. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Herbie Helm included this neat custom front rack for his randonneur bike.

Herbie Helm included this neat custom front rack for his randonneur bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Herbie Helm continues on with his ornate lugged style with this green randonneur bike at NAHBS.

Herbie Helm continues on with his ornate lugged style with this green randonneur bike at NAHBS. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lugwork like on this Herbie Helm bike takes lots of filing.

Lugwork like on this Herbie Helm bike takes lots of filing. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Herbie Helm integrates the rear light into the back of the seat cluster while the rear brake housing pops out right underneath. This is only possible due to the semi-integrated seatpost design.

Herbie Helm integrates the rear light into the back of the seat cluster while the rear brake housing pops out right underneath. This is only possible due to the semi-integrated seatpost design. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Herbie Helm brought two complete bikes to the show including this purple and white road machine.

Herbie Helm brought two complete bikes to the show including this purple and white road machine. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The seat cluster isn't fully lugged on this Herbie Helm but it's painted to look that way.

The seat cluster isn't fully lugged on this Herbie Helm but it's painted to look that way. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The S-bend wishbone seat stay has become something of a calling card for Herbie Helm.

The S-bend wishbone seat stay has become something of a calling card for Herbie Helm. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This Ira Ryan build combines the classic look of lugged steel but with modern geometry and componentry.

This Ira Ryan build combines the classic look of lugged steel but with modern geometry and componentry. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The polished stainless steel swallow icon sets things off nicely on this Ira Ryan.

The polished stainless steel swallow icon sets things off nicely on this Ira Ryan. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ira Ryan is best known for his road, touring, and townie bikes but showed his off-road chops with this steel hardtail, too.

Ira Ryan is best known for his road, touring, and townie bikes but showed his off-road chops with this steel hardtail, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Neat paint work on this Ira Ryan.

Neat paint work on this Ira Ryan. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Berthoud saddle on this Ellis randonneur bike uses bolts instead of rivets for easier replacing of the leather top when needed.

The Berthoud saddle on this Ellis randonneur bike uses bolts instead of rivets for easier replacing of the leather top when needed. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Dave Wages opted for a rarely seen Berthoud saddle instead of the more common Brooks for his Ellis randonneur.

Dave Wages opted for a rarely seen Berthoud saddle instead of the more common Brooks for his Ellis randonneur. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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This Ellis machine features extra tire clearances for big tires and S&S couplers for easy traveling.

This Ellis machine features extra tire clearances for big tires and S&S couplers for easy traveling. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ellis uses a beautiful fastback seat cluster on this dirt road cruiser.

Ellis uses a beautiful fastback seat cluster on this dirt road cruiser. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire is neatly fed into the down tube on this Ellis road bike.

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 wire is neatly fed into the down tube on this Ellis road bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Paul center-pull brakes were very common at NAHBS as seen on this Ellis randonneur bike.

Paul center-pull brakes were very common at NAHBS as seen on this Ellis randonneur bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Velo Orange didn't show at NAHBS this year but its components were widespread as seen on this Ellis randonneur bike.

Velo Orange didn't show at NAHBS this year but its components were widespread as seen on this Ellis randonneur bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The fender mount on this Ellis randonneur bike is notably cleaner than most mass-produced ones.

The fender mount on this Ellis randonneur bike is notably cleaner than most mass-produced ones. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The wire leading to the rear light on this Ellis randonneur jumps from inside the front rack to inside the down tube.

The wire leading to the rear light on this Ellis randonneur jumps from inside the front rack to inside the down tube. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Details, details - beautiful work on this Ellis fork tip.

Details, details - beautiful work on this Ellis fork tip. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ellis included an exquisite custom front rack on this randonneur bike.

Ellis included an exquisite custom front rack on this randonneur bike. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Dave Wages won "Best Road Frame" of NAHBS with this Ellis randonneur machine.

Dave Wages won "Best Road Frame" of NAHBS with this Ellis randonneur machine. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The front end of Ellis's randonneur bike is awfully shiny - shame we weren't able to see it in the sun.

The front end of Ellis's randonneur bike is awfully shiny - shame we weren't able to see it in the sun. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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We love the way the center-pull brake studs on this Ellis randonneur are perfectly lined up with the brake bridge.

We love the way the center-pull brake studs on this Ellis randonneur are perfectly lined up with the brake bridge. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ellis fits the rear of this randonneur bike with a classic-looking rear light.

Ellis fits the rear of this randonneur bike with a classic-looking rear light. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Baby blue and mustard yellow are two colors we normally wouldn't think to put together but it works well on this Ira Ryan.

Baby blue and mustard yellow are two colors we normally wouldn't think to put together but it works well on this Ira Ryan. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

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Dave Anderson wins President's Choice award with gleaming Reynolds 953 road bike

Minnesota builder Dave Anderson took the "less is more" approach on his way to winning the "President's Choice" award at NAHBS this year with a brushed and polished lugged Reynolds 953 stainless steel road frame offset with just a smattering of sky blue.

The short-point lugs bore small cutouts accented in white and there was just the hint of brazing material visible at the joints to highlight the impeccable craftsmanship.

Anderson also conferred a 'do-anything' personality to the bike with the generous tyre clearances, center-pull brakes, and polished fenders along with a climb-eating triple crankset.

Roland Della Santa's frames are full of holes – in a good way

Famed Reno, Nevada framebuilder Roland Della Santa – onetime builder for Greg LeMond in the three-time Tour de France champion's early years – is now offering an interesting option for his steel frames: chain stays that are full of holes.

Lest you think Della Santa is simply going crazy with a drill press, though, it'd be more accurate to say that the optional chain stays are cross-drilled then filled in with steel tubes that are brazed in place with the ends then filed and sanded smooth. The treatment results in a very unique look but according to Della Santa, it also noticeably boosts torsional rigidity while adding just 20g per stay.

Mark Dinucci takes 'Best in Show' award a simple – yet perfect – lugged steel runabout

As is often the case at NAHBS, awards are based not necessarily on who can craft the most flamboyant rig around but on who's spent the most time sweating the details and refining certain aspects of construction to utter perfection. Long-time builder Mark DiNucci took the top prize of this year's show for a seemingly simple green steel runabout with immaculately tapered lugs, highly hand-polished cranks, and hand-wrapped and lacquered grips.

Additional details include cleanly integrated front and rear lights, contrasting fenders finished in bright red, a slick little custom chain guide, and chromed steel half-clips with leather toe protectors.

Dave Wages wins "Best Road Frame" award with his classic randonneur machine

Randonneur and other 'adventure' style bikes were all the rage at this year's NAHBS and Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles took home the "Best Road Frame" prize for his exquisitely detailed take on the classic genre (pictured below).

Though old-school in appearance, the modern thin-walled oversized steel tubing makes Wages' "modern classic" interpretation not only lighter than they were back in the day but better riding, too. The hand-carved stainless steel lugs, fork tips and dropouts were all polished to a shimmering gleam, as were the matching bespoke front and rear racks, too.

As is appropriate for the genre, Wages equipped the bike with front and rear lights – both powered by a front hub dynamo – but the wires were also painstakingly run internally so as to be nearly invisible. The front light wire is fed through the rack tubing before making a jump into the down tube while the rear power line is run inside the fender – slick.

Wages also showed off a lugged steel 29" hardtail in addition to a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped lugged steel "dirt road bike" with polished stainless steel S&S couplers and another unfinished lugged steel dirt road bike frame to show off the craftsmanship that's normally hidden underneath the paint.

Wages says he does very few mountain bike frames but you'd hardly know from appearances. The brazed head tube is essentially one big lug for the top tube and down tube, and extended sleeves serve as built-in gussets.

Herbie Helm – a new builder no more

One of our favorites from NAHBS 2010 was a steel frame from then-new builder Herbie Helm and his 2011 showpieces carry on the ornate lugwork that garnered him so much attention in Richmond.

The highlight of the booth was a green and white randonneur bike with intricately carved lugs, a custom front rack, front and rear fenders painted to match, a neatly extended seat tube and a custom stem to finish things off. The generator powered rear light is beautifully integrated into the back of the seat cluster while the front is neatly attached to the front rack – and of course, wiring is internal throughout.

Showing he's one one-trick pony, Helm also displayed a white and purple road bike built using a mix of lugged and fillet brazed construction.

Ira Ryan Cycles: elegant styling, clean construction, and racer chops

Portland, Oregon builder Ira Ryan has shown a wide range of machines at past NAHBS but concentrated on sportier aspects of cycling for the 2011 show with highlights including two lugged steel roadsters plus a fully rigid steel hardtail.

Ryan characterizes himself as having, "one foot in the classic world of Eddy, Roger and Bernard" and while the bikes appear to be "timeless, durable, and well fitted" as intended, one of the most striking aspects is the keen aesthetics based on his flying swallow logo.

Ryan used a polished stainless steel flying swallow on the seat tube on one otherwise fairly understated road bike while the other two machines in his booth integrated the bird into more intricate paint jobs.

Richard Sachs – don't fix it if it isn't broken

Richard Sachs' seven-year waiting list hasn’t been earned by virtue of offering the latest features and constantly chasing the elusive target of cutting-edge technology. In fact, the header on his web site proudly declares that, "technology alone is a poor substitute for experience."

With more than 35 years of framebuilding behind him, Sachs champions the continual refinement of old school pinned and brazed lugged steel construction and with the exception of paint – which is done by Joe Bell – he continues to do every aspect of each build himself using the same custom-spec PegoRichie steel tubing that has faithfully served him and his factory 'cross team for years.

Not surprisingly, Sachs' 2011 NAHBS booth was virtually identical to what he used in 2010 with the familiar consistent collection of trademark red road, 'cross and track bikes – and just like last year, it was consistently full of people, too. Despite his frames' coveted status, one pair of utterly filthy 'cross bikes still served as a clear reminder: these things may be highly sought-after but they're still meant to be used.

Clever setup from Shamrock Cycles lets you go from commuting to racing with the turn of a screw

Indiana-based Shamrock Cycles showed off a particularly interesting lugged steel 'cross bike built with Columbus Spirit for Lugs tubing and Nuevo Richie lugs, and equipped with full fenders, front and rear racks, and lights. Despite appearances, Shamrock insists it's ready to race – huh?

The secret is Shamrock Cycles' clever method of attaching all of these bits. Instead of standard bolts, Shamrock uses tool-free thumbwheels to attach the racks to the frame and the fenders are mostly connected to the racks, not the frame. According to Shamrock, pulling everything off takes just five minutes and in case your commuting setup normally involves bottle cages, too, even those are attached with thumbwheels as well.

Signal Cycles moves into production with new Saltzman model

As we've come to expect, Portland-based Signal Cycles showed off a number of exquisitely detailed steel bikes including a fully rigid singlespeed 29er, a gorgeous mustard townie with stainless steel lugs and rear rack (that won the "Best City Bike" award this year) and a stainless-lugged randonneur bike with generator-powered front and rear lights, an elegant front rack, and a custom stem.

Though best known for its bespoke creations, Signal is also moving into the production realm with a new Columbus-tubed steel road model called Saltzman – named after a favorite road west of Portland.

As is typical for the region, the Saltzman will offer true road bike manners but with enough room beneath the long-reach brakes for full fenders. Signal will offer the Saltzman in five stock sizes with either Shimano 105 (US$3,300) or Ultegra (US$3,900) builds in two stock colors: Dirty Teal or Bone White. Painted-to-match fenders will fetch another US$150.

Vendetta townie is a vision in green

The star of Oregon builder Vendetta Cycles' booth was a lugged steel townie resplendent in emerald green metallic paint on the frame, fork, custom stem and matching fenders. Vendetta topped things off with a green leather Brooks saddle and grips and green-anodized Paul singlespeed hubs while the stainless lugs were left brightly polished for contrast.

Though it sounds a bit over the top on paper, it was anything but in person. In fact, the green and polished combination was quite tasteful and aided by impeccable finish work with perfectly matched hues, intricately carved-out windows in the lugwork, and neat internal routing on the stem.

Vendetta also showed off a bright neon green lugged steel track bike built with stiffer Columbus Max tubing and a one-piece steel bar and stem combination. The final touch was a set of rare blue-anodized Araya Aero aluminum rims.

Zanconato moves into the chainring business

Mike Zanconato brought three lugged steel machines to NAHBS – a Columbus Max-tubed road racer with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, a clean white 'cross racer, and a more classic-looking Columbus PegoRichie-tubed baby blue roadster fitted with hammered aluminum fenders.

Though most of the interest in the booth was for the bikes themselves, Zanconato was quick to draw attention to his new tight-ratio dedicated 'cross rings. Zanconato will offer the new chainrings to fit Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo cranks in both standard and compact. All feature machined 7075 aluminum construction, shift pins, a hard anodized finish, and integrated threads on the inner rings.