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The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is an annual showcase of the most beautiful and creative bespoke bicycles. Originally planned for the spring, the show has had to be canceled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it would be a shame not to be able to show off all the bikes in one form or another, so we’re bringing the show that would have been online.
CAPITOL BICYCLES COMPANY
Nestled in London, eastern Kentucky, Capitol Bicycles lives by two rules: fit and comfort. Every frame the brand designs and manufactures, every complete bicycle it builds and finishes, wears a proud badge of honor—”One of One,” a combination of design, finish and build never to be repeated. Every individual frame is designed, engineered and finished to reflect each Capitol Bicycles customer in every way, from tubing selection to ride quality, from component selection to individualized paint finishing. Even the smallest details are important to ensure the creation of a bike that its owner will love, ride and treasure for a lifetime.
Steel frames start at $1,375, titanium frames at $2,150; capitolbicycles.com
Already well known as a frame builder for Colnago, Vidmantas “Vitas” Zukauskas has been building best-selling frames since the mid-1990s under names like Monotitan, Ovaltitan, Ovalmaster, Master BiTitan and CT1. As Colnago moved on to carbon-frame production, Vitas continued to specialize in titanium for other brands, including Argon 18, Red Bull and Van Tuyl. He has become more and more known as a master in Ti frame building for cyclists who value craftsmanship. Now his son has become involved in Ti frame building and they have embarked on a new journey with WITTSON, making bespoke frames in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on the Baltic Sea coast.
Custom frames start at €2,489 ($2,721); wittson.com
Sustainable, multi-purpose, smooth, tough, light and gorgeous all describe the Sojourn Cyclery Diverso. Set up here in a 1x gravel grinder configuration, this wooden frame is just as capable as a commuter, club rider or a long-distance tourer. Sojourn’s proprietary rocker dropouts disassemble to accommodate a Gates Carbon Drive and can accept the range of Paragon Machine Works inserts (quick-release, through-axle, Rohloff and more). Organic curves and subtle wood-to-metal drop transitions are hallmarks of a Sojourn Cyclery frame. And custom-frame geometry and component upgrades are available so you can make your bike exactly yours. Sojourn holds three- to four-day workshops in southwestern Ohio, where you can pedal away with your very own rideable art! Or, if you gather three friends, they will come to you.
Frame $3,500, build packages $1,600–$3,000; sojourn-cyclery.com
Italian design was resurging after World War I when Umberto Gemmati opened his bike factory in 1919. Three generations later, his grandson Carlo is making fine quality bicycles with the family secrets that have been passed down to him. Specializing in high-performance machines, Iride has a thoughtful balance of the traditional and the advanced, bringing the simplified, straightforward look of classic sports cars to bicycles. Iride provides multispeed road racing bikes, fixedgear track bikes and pull-back handlebar roadsters in single and multiple speeds to those who appreciate heritage and integrity. They are made to order, with a number of options.
Pictured is the fixed-gear Bici Pista, starting at $2,440, shown at $2,980. The multispeed Nucleo, starting at $2,890, shown at $4,090. irideusa.com
The Cosmo is the first e-bike model for builder Ryan Johnson of Galaxy Gearworks, which is based in Placitas, New Mexico. His dad wanted to access the backcountry with a camera and spotting gear. However, he’s chockful of replacement joint hardware, so hiking wasn’t an option. This custom-built Cosmo provides a stylish solution. Bags on the rack and handlebars coupled with a Shimano Steps E7000 motor make easy work of hauling a load of camera gear up rocky trails. XT brakes and XT hubs laced to WTB wheels provide confident descending on the way back. Meanwhile, the longtail design with a rear-mounted battery is stable and puts two bottles within reach. The hi-rise handlebars and dropper post ensure a relaxed position, big smiles and safe stops for, in Ryan’s words, “that grizzled old fart.”
ANGEL CYCLE WORKS
Angel Cycle Works is a brand founded by two fans of the most exclusive high-performance bikes, two people obsessed with excellence and a total commitment to unlimited quality. Manufacturing high-performance titanium bikes in the northwest of Spain, the brand claims that its unique bikes stop time, are super quick and are built to last.
The Evolve, the first production monocoque carbon tandem, is the flagship of the Santana Reveal frame line. The ability to test and analyze the differing forces applied to a frame allowed La Verne, California-based Santana to balance design requirements with strength and weight to reach a new level of performance. There is a performance advantage both in terms of pedaling efficiency and lower weight, and also in comfort, allowing any cyclist to ride longer at a higher level. The Evolve has an aerodynamic profile and integrated headset with a tandem-specific fork. It includes through-axles front and rear and comes equipped with Santana-specific 10-inch disc brakes for unmatched stopping performance. This is also the lightest tandem frame Santana has ever built, weighing a mere 2.22 kilograms.
Frames start at $4,495; santanatandem.com