Russell Jobs, aka "The Shed Master," is the guy who is so kindly covering NAHBS 2009 for me in Indianapolis this weekend. You can also see additional vignettes from NAHBS over at his blog: Life in the Rusty Toolshed.
Over 3,000 people filled the show halls Saturday to gawk at the pretty bikes, like the the amazing, handpainted art on this Kirk Lee carbon fiber bike created for Florida triathlete Rachel Gross.
If you like the classic simplicity of lugs on steel frames like I do, there's plenty of that at the show.
The 2009 NAHBS features clothing and bags like this made in Japan Ostrich canvas saddle bag.
The show runs from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. If you're anywhere in the Midwest you owe it to yourself to see this wonderful collection of great bikes and great bike stuff. Why look at bike porn online when you can see it live and in the flesh?
NAHBS is consumer friendly, the builders are open and available to chat with, and it's a great opportunity to meet up with people in the bike industry. The lovely Canadians from Momentum Magazine are there, as are the Urban Velo crew, along with Velo Orange with his wares (like the above mentioned Ostrich bag), Courtney The Shop Girl, and several other good people.
CONTEST If you're at NAHBS 2009, see if you can ambush any of these people and tell them hello from Cyclelicious, snap a photo of them holding a "I LOVE CYCELICIOUS" sign, and post it somewhere, and leave a link in the comments below. I'll select a winner at random and send a $20 Amazon gift certificate. Some people I know at the show that you can try to catch: almost anybody from Momentum, Urban Jeff from Urban Velo, Mark Nobilette and his daughter, show organizer Don Walker, Jon Norstag of Thursday Bicycles, one or two of the people from Calfee, the Wheeltags people, Jack of Sillgey, Renold of Yipsan,Tom Martin of Velo Orange, Courtney Chambers of Shop Girl Inc, and, of course, Russell Jobs who is covering the show for Cyclelicious.