Die hard fans of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show said that this was the best one yet and it must have been. The builders were pinned with curious visitors, many of whom braved a late-season snow storm to catch the action on the last day of the expo. The Hartford, Connecticut venue pulled in a number of exhibitors from Europe and Asia, as well as a fresh slice of bike makers from the Northeast. For me, the most promising aspect of the show was all the new faces. The next generation of builders and customers were well represented in the hall, which indicates that the craft is thriving. Join me for one more stroll through the aisles of the NAHBS - you're gonna like it. - RC
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Moots has invested in a number of anodized colors and surface treatments. The effect is subtle and compliments the look of brushed titanium.
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa has a for-credit bicycle building class that is available for either art or engineering students. The one-semester program teaches everything a student might need to complete a frame: welding, machining, and design skills. Students pay a small fee for in-class materials and must cover the expense of the tubing and metal they need for the frame. The classroom has 14 frame fixtures, so each student has an assigned work space and can progress from paper through final product without interruption. By the end of the semester, students get four units, a hands-on learning experience, and a one-of-a-kind frame.
Art and Expression
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
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