Continuing from where we left off, the Philly Bike Expo was filled with examples of just what makes handmade bikes stand out. It wouldn’t be a selection of handmade bikes without something from Richard Sachs, right?
This team cross bike was stunning in green and white.
Ellis Cycles had a few show pieces including this classy road disc bike and a Rohloff equipped Plus build.
Donkelope Bikes always has some lookers and this 1x, coupled, disc road bike and belt drive, step through townie were no different.
Woody Bicycles had a wooden tri bike hanging from a tree… get it? There was also a wooden tricycle that was pretty rad.
Yokeiseasy is a small builder out of Lancaster, PA that creates steel and Ti tig welded frames out of their family owned machine shop. Nothing super wild, but all of their bikes looked really clean and well built.
On the more ornate end of the spectrum, Chapman Cycles had some super shiny builds including a tandem with its own trailer.
Cicli polito never fails in the lug department. Those curly lugs were wanted by a customer, but they didn’t exist in the right angles for the small frame so they were cut by hand.
Rocinante Cycle Works from Astoria, NY stood out with these city/rando bikes that were both understated and ornate at the same time.
Showers were also treated to a number of vintage bikes including this impressive collection from the dandy horse to the high wheel.
Cycles ED even had this incredible original ink on linen patent drawing of a fluid drive bike – something that may never have been made but Ed is working on figuring out the drawing’s history. There was also this 1899 Columbia Chainless shaft drive bike that the shaft had been removed to highlight how it works. Think about 1899, and then think about the machining it took to make this thing work!
Need something custom for the head tube of your custom bike? Jen from Revolution Cycle Jewelry was on hand showing how it’s done.