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The weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 - Gallery

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Here's a look at the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018

Here's a look at the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This Stanridge Cycles track bike turned a lot of heads

This Stanridge Cycles track bike turned a lot of heads (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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While some NAHBS bikes have retro appeal, others are just retro. Remember when these were cutting edge?

While some NAHBS bikes have retro appeal, others are just retro. Remember when these were cutting edge? (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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There's no shortage of clearance on this bike

There's no shortage of clearance on this bike (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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No seat tube? No problem on this carbon gravel bike. It reminds me of some of the Lotus bikes from the 1990s

No seat tube? No problem on this carbon gravel bike. It reminds me of some of the Lotus bikes from the 1990s (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Adventure bikes are still going strong at NAHBS

Adventure bikes are still going strong at NAHBS (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This Squid Bikes fixie was an eyecatcher

This Squid Bikes fixie was an eyecatcher (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Squid Bikes owns loud and proud paint schemes. The company is also the US importer of Spray Bike paint for DIY bike customization

Squid Bikes owns loud and proud paint schemes. The company is also the US importer of Spray Bike paint for DIY bike customization (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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More coordination on show

More coordination on show (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This Breismeister gravel bike has a strong '90s flare

This Breismeister gravel bike has a strong '90s flare (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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The top tube bag was fabricated by Kansas City-based Andrew The Maker

The top tube bag was fabricated by Kansas City-based Andrew The Maker (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Full commitment to color coordination at the Groovy Cycleworks booth

Full commitment to color coordination at the Groovy Cycleworks booth (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This stick shift operates the internally-geared rear hub

This stick shift operates the internally-geared rear hub (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Remember those anodized White Industries cranks? Here they are with the rest of the build on this watermelon fat bike by Altruiste Bicycle Co.

Remember those anodized White Industries cranks? Here they are with the rest of the build on this watermelon fat bike by Altruiste Bicycle Co. (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Even the chainguard is constructed from titanium

Even the chainguard is constructed from titanium (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Blacksheep always brings wonderfully weird creations to the show. This 36er Ti townie was no exception

Blacksheep always brings wonderfully weird creations to the show. This 36er Ti townie was no exception (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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For three days, custom builders and cycling enthusiasts converged in Hartford, Connecticut, for this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show

For three days, custom builders and cycling enthusiasts converged in Hartford, Connecticut, for this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Dynamo hubs have experienced a comeback in recent years thanks to the popularity of bikepacking and touring. Sinewave's Reactor USB top caps come in a variety of colors and allow you to ABC while you ride (always be charging)

Dynamo hubs have experienced a comeback in recent years thanks to the popularity of bikepacking and touring. Sinewave's Reactor USB top caps come in a variety of colors and allow you to ABC while you ride (always be charging) (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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There's plenty of range in this Velo Orange Rando crankset

There's plenty of range in this Velo Orange Rando crankset (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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"Modern frames for vintage souls" is Chapman Cycles' motto and this stunning touring bike lived up to it

"Modern frames for vintage souls" is Chapman Cycles' motto and this stunning touring bike lived up to it (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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The Cal Poly Bike Builders Club brought several bikes to the show. This one, which appears to have been designed for beer-packing, garnered the most attention

The Cal Poly Bike Builders Club brought several bikes to the show. This one, which appears to have been designed for beer-packing, garnered the most attention (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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lad Dolinsky of Vlad Cycles built this front suspension gravel bike for his son

lad Dolinsky of Vlad Cycles built this front suspension gravel bike for his son (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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More painted-to-match goodness from Italian builder Stelbel

More painted-to-match goodness from Italian builder Stelbel (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This Deanima AMG 01 has hand painted panels that resemble a watercolor and (of course) a frame pump to match

This Deanima AMG 01 has hand painted panels that resemble a watercolor and (of course) a frame pump to match (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Gianni Pegoretti's Deanima Bicycles had some clean and colorful bikes on display

Gianni Pegoretti's Deanima Bicycles had some clean and colorful bikes on display (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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The '80s are a state of mind for Stinner

The '80s are a state of mind for Stinner (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Stinner Frameworks was showing off this 1980s-inspired Gibraltar Disc at the Campy booth

Stinner Frameworks was showing off this 1980s-inspired Gibraltar Disc at the Campy booth (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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UK-based Enigma Bicycle Works crossed the pond with an entire fleet of stunning road bikes

UK-based Enigma Bicycle Works crossed the pond with an entire fleet of stunning road bikes (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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The daughter of John Slawta (of Landshark Cycles) painted this one-of-a-kind Chris Cross

The daughter of John Slawta (of Landshark Cycles) painted this one-of-a-kind Chris Cross (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This Fat Chance Chris Cross has a dizzying paint scheme

This Fat Chance Chris Cross has a dizzying paint scheme (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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When you work at Industry Nine, you can pretty much anodize anything you want. These White Industries cranks were destined to go on a "watermelon-inspired" fat bike

When you work at Industry Nine, you can pretty much anodize anything you want. These White Industries cranks were destined to go on a "watermelon-inspired" fat bike (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Gravel and disc road bikes may have stolen the spotlight this year, but there were still a few classics on display, like this very clean Royal H

Gravel and disc road bikes may have stolen the spotlight this year, but there were still a few classics on display, like this very clean Royal H (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Full points for originality for this circuit board paint scheme

Full points for originality for this circuit board paint scheme (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Do you want a splatter paint job or a fade?

Do you want a splatter paint job or a fade? (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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When you're Moots even your display stands are custom Ti creations

When you're Moots even your display stands are custom Ti creations (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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After a long hiatus, Moots is once again spicing up its frames with anodizing

After a long hiatus, Moots is once again spicing up its frames with anodizing (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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The chainstay pattern was inspired by carpeting which was featured prominently in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"

The chainstay pattern was inspired by carpeting which was featured prominently in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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When it comes to meticulous lug work, few builders approach the same level of precision as Chris Bishop

When it comes to meticulous lug work, few builders approach the same level of precision as Chris Bishop (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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The cherry blossom paint scheme was a nice change from rows of splatter painted machines

The cherry blossom paint scheme was a nice change from rows of splatter painted machines (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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A new niche of bicycle designed specifically to fight rabbits? More likely a new all-road bike from Vicious Cycles with a nod to the UK band T. Rex

A new niche of bicycle designed specifically to fight rabbits? More likely a new all-road bike from Vicious Cycles with a nod to the UK band T. Rex (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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This Parlee Chewbacco was clearly the most high-tech gravel bike at NAHBS

This Parlee Chewbacco was clearly the most high-tech gravel bike at NAHBS (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Big metal flakes on Parlee's TTIR tri bike

Big metal flakes on Parlee's TTIR tri bike (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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There's no reason you can't have both

There's no reason you can't have both (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)
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Silca was giving an award for the best integration of its products into custom bikes. As a result, painted-to-match Impero Ultimate Frame Pumps were everywhere

Silca was giving an award for the best integration of its products into custom bikes. As a result, painted-to-match Impero Ultimate Frame Pumps were everywhere (Image credit: Josh Patterson / Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the world's largest display of custom bicycles. Many of these bespoke bicycles are wonderful creations, others can leave you scratching your head. Sometimes they are both weird and wonderful at the same time.

Case in point: this year at NAHBS there was a swoopy titanium city bike with 36 inch wheels, a fat bike inspired by a watermelon, and a carbon gravel bike painted to look like a circuit board.

 

Blacksheep always brings wonderfully weird creations to the show. This 36er Ti townie was no exception

Click through the gallery for a look into some of the most eye-catching creations from NAHBS 2018.