Every year, North American Handmade Bike Show photographer Brad Quartuccio spends his show hours lovingly photographing show bikes from each builder. Here is our first gallery of the bikes from the eighty or so builders who attended the show.

NAHBS 2018, Bishop

NAHBS 2018, Weis Manufacturing

Weis Manufacturing

NAHBS 2018, Vlad Cycles

Vlad Cycles

NAHBS 2018, Triton

Triton

NAHBS 2018, Triton

Triton

NAHBS 2018, Stinner Frameworks

Stinner Frameworks

NAHBS 2018, Squid

Squid

NAHBS 2018, Royal H

Royal H

NAHBS 2018, Royal H

Royal H

NAHBS 2018, Parlee

Parlee

NAHBS 2018, Olivetti

Olivetti

NAHBS 2018, Northern Frameworks

Northern Frameworks

NAHBS 2018, No22

No22

NAHBS 2018, Mosaic

Mosaic

NAHBS 2018, Groovy Cycles

Groovy Cycles

NAHBS 2018, Groovy Cycles

Groovy Cycles

NAHBS 2018, Groovy Cycles

Groovy Cycles

NAHBS 2018, Fat Chance

Fat Chance

NAHBS 2018, Calfee

Calfee

NAHBS 2018, McGovern

McGovern

NAHBS 2018, Chapman

Chapman

NAHBS 2018, Breismeister

Breismeister

NAHBS 2018, Black Sheep

Black Sheep

NAHBS 2018, Bilenky

Bilenky

NAHBS 2018, Ascari

Ascari

NAHBS 2018, Appleman Bicycles

Appleman Bicycles

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Technician
Technician
4 years ago

Astonishing work!

mud+rock
mud+rock
4 years ago

The Ascari looks like a replica from a hundred years ago.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago

Custom made bikes are beautiful pieces of art. Glad to see custom is still alive and going strong and tie into cycling’s deep history. However, they are not for everyone. They are at the extreme end of the spectrum for cost and specific use design. Most of us need more of an all-round, efficient and lower cost. Maybe when I’m ready for a heirloom (museum) art bike I would then consider something like this. I like to hammer my bikes and they all have plenty of scratches, scares and abuse (road bike has less then the MTB’s). These paint jobs would keep me riding more conservative like a gentleman. Again, beautiful bikes and craftsmanship.

Gillis
Gillis
4 years ago
Reply to  Maus Haus

I would say THESE custom bikes are beautiful pieces of art. The primary reason for going custom, imo, is for a custom fit (especially if you are tall or short). The second reason is to accommodate specific requirements, for things like accessories or riding style.
Most of the bikes you see here are show pieces. They might have a customer attached, but they are still show pieces. Not all custom bikes go out the door looking like these.
I worked in a shop for 8 years that sold custom steel (made in house), and only a fraction of them were of the bling bling show variety seen here.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  Gillis

I’d go even further: the vast majority of custom bikes don’t go out the door looking like these show bikes. Visiting the sites of different custom builders and looking through their galleries reveals as much.

Men's trial cycle
4 years ago

That Black Sheep cruisermajig looks like it would make you crash from giggling such much.

John Caletti
4 years ago

The bulk of what pro custom builders produce are hard working bikes that are ridden regularly. If you are looking to spend $5000 plus you can get yourself a super nice handmade bike. The idea isn’t always flashy show bikes like these samples, but just a really well made bike using top quality materials.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago
Reply to  John Caletti

@ John Caletti – Thanks for your reply on “hard working” bikes for regular use. Your MTB frame looks nice and straight forward. Maybe Bike Rumor for next year could do an article on “working class” bikes for real world use at prices more realistic to the commoner. 3~5K pricing for complete bikes. I’m sure there are plenty of examples at the show.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

So many of these bikes look like fancy paint jobs on designs that are either outdated or just complex for the sake of it. about the only one that seems like an actual advancement of the bike industry is Calfee. the rest just look to be a hodge-podge of fork and frame designs from the last 50 years. all finished with high end kit to justify the expense.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

If shows were only to include bikes that demonstrated some “advancement of the bike industry” shows would be a lot smaller. Fortunately a show about handmade custom bikes isn’t necessarily all about advancing the industry. That’s a good thing, especially given how subjective the phrase “advancing the industry is”. There should be shows, like this, that are also about high finishes, artistic value, creativity, and excellent workmanship.

Jimmy
Jimmy
4 years ago

I need a cigarette after looking at the crank&chainrings on that Chapman….