I stopped by the reception Friday evening in Portland before dinner to check out 11 of the bikes that will be exhibited at NAHBS by Oregon-based framebuilders.
1. I recognized a number of the bikes from the Oregon Manifest, Constructor's Design Challenge video last fall, including the winner of that competition. Lots of cargo/utility bikes, with big fixed front racks (and appropriate rake/steering for a load off the front of the handlebars).
2. Lots of dynamo hubs! Mostly Schmidt & Sons but also Shimano Alfine. (None of the DH-3N80 that I have ... but the Alfine with its metallic case is a much better aesthetic fit for these bikes). Mostly Supernova E3 lights, and a few Schmidt Edelux as well. I guess the Oregon builders think these things are as cool as I do.
3. Lots of internal gear hubs, one 14-speed version called "Speedhub" that I remember.
4. Pereira's bike that won the Constructor's Design Challenge has an interesting looking BionX electric drive -- it works with a pedal stress gauge (like a power meter) and adds power as the rider tries to accelerate. Pretty cool.
5. Some of these bikes are "over the top". Ahearne's bike seemed to me the "Hummer of bicycles". More cupholders (well, bottle holders) and racks than an American minivan, and super fat tires -- looks like a snow or sand bike! The Vendetta Cycles bike was likewise HOT red.
All in all, a very nice event. Some photos are here. I will try to add some commentary later on the photos album.
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