NAHBS Highlights 1: Starring Cinelli, Cherubim and Alchemy

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With 171 exhibitors – just a few shy of last year’s record 176 – and a hall-busting 8,100 visitors, this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show can justifiably claim to be the biggest ever. Here’s a few things that caught road.cc’s eye.

Tokyo’s Cherubim Cycles came to NAHBS last year with an outrageous design (see below); this year’s was no more conventional, and stole the Best in Show prize.

Its graceful arched top tube and lack of seat tube make you wonder how the bike would ride; but the build and execution are flawless. Shin-Ichi Konno comes from a framebuilding family: his father created the Cherubim name, and his uncle was the builder behind 3Rensho, the classic keirin frames. Konno’s mission, he says, is to prove that, when freed from the strict NJS rules governing keirin, Japanese framebuilding can be progressive. If by progressive he means space age, then he’s on the right track.

He has, though, been known to produce more normal-looking frames, and he can be commissioned through London’s Tokyo Fixed. http://www.tokyofixedgear.com