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NAHBS 2012 – Naked, Ahearne, & Appleman

Naked Cargo Bike Full Bike
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Naked Cargo Bike Full Bike

Naked bicycles took a unique approach to how they were going to get their display bikes to Sacramento this year.  Builder Sam Whittingham and his assistant Lolo rode road over 375 miles to get to the show.  The trip was documented here, and makes for an interesting read.  It shows both the design and build of the bikes, as well as chronicles the trip they took to get to the 2012 NAHBS show.

Naked bicycles is no stranger to winning at NAHBS, and this year is no different.  This lovely, and unique, cargo bike was the winner of the Gates Carbon Belt Drive design contest.

Head to the otherside for more Naked bikes, plus a 26″ touring bike from Ahearne and a custom carbon disc brake cross bike from Appleman.

Naked Cargo BIke Rear Rack Detail

The cargo bike was designed around the Gates Carbon Belt drive, and thus has a very long integrated rear rack that can accomodate two panniers per side.

Naked Cargo Bike Integrated Rear Lights

Naked Cargo Bike Integrated Front Light

The integrated front and rear lights are a nice touch.

Naked Cargo Bike Seat Post and Clamp

Naked Road Bike Full Bike

Along with the cargo bike, this stainless steel road bike was also ridden to the show.

Naked Road Bike Finsih Detail

The frame was polished, masked, and then bead blasted to get the desired finish.

Naked Road Bike Rear Cable Routing 1

Trick rear cable routing keeps things nice and clean around back.

Naked Mountain Bike Full Bike

Naked was greedy this year.  They didn’t just take home the Gates Carbon Belt Drive design award, they also took home best mountain bike as well.

Naked Mountain Bike Rear Stays

Naked Mountain Bike Rear Dropout


Ahearne Cycles 26 Inch Touring Bike

Frame builder Joseph Ahearne has a passion for utilitarian bicycles.  Something I greatly appreciate.  This 26″ randoneer rig shows that he cares about beauty as well.

Ahearne Cycles 26 Inch Touring Bike Front Rack

This bike is internally wired up for lighting.  The wiring for the front light is hidden inside the rack.

Ahearne Cycles 26 Inch Touring Bike Rear  Rack

Ahearne Cycles 26 Inch Touring Bike handle Bars and Shifters

I usually prefer bar end shifters or Paul Thumbies on a bike like this.  The set up here though is superb.

Ahearne Cycles 26 Inch Touring Bike Double Top Tubes

Want the story behind that gorgeous headtube badge?  Excellent, because it’s a good one.  Find it here.


Appleman Carbon Cyclocross Bike

Frame builder Matt Appleman takes us on a departure from metal and dives right into the world of composites.  Pictured here is a 17 lbs cyclrocross bike with disc brakes and clinchers.

Appleman Crarbon Cyclocross Bike Logo

I have seen Appleman use carbon fiber logos in the past, but now he is venturing out into colored fiberglass as well.  It adds a nice, and unique touch to the bike.

Appleman Carbon Cyclocross Bike Lugs

Evne Composites tubes are used in the construction of his custom carbon bicycles.

Appleman Carbon Cyclocross Bike Bar Stem


Appleman Carbon Cyclocross Bike Headtube

Appleman Carbon Cyclocross Bike Internal Cable Routing

Appleman Carbon Cyclocross Bike Internal Rear Cable Routing


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12 years ago

‘Road’ vs ‘rode’
just sayin’

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