Weird And Wonderful Bike Tech From The North America Handmade Bicycle Show | NAHBS 2019

Weird And Wonderful Bike Tech From The North America Handmade Bicycle Show | NAHBS 2019


– We’re back again from the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, this time bringing you the
weirdest, the most wonderful, the craziest Bike tag that
you will have ever seen. Right, where shall we start? (funk music) This remarkable build from
Rob English started out as a concept Bike for a customer, and is now in its eighth iteration. It’s perfect for people who
lack space, whether that’s a small flat or traveling
on the Train, or in a Car. It’s known as project
right, so you’ll see here that both the drivetrain
and the braking is on the right-hand side of the Bicycle. And this means you can
take both wheels off of the left-hand side without affecting
your shifting or braking. Rob had these hubs designed
specifically for this build, and all you need is a 5mil
Allen key to remove them, and it actually means that both wheels are interchangeable,
which is really handy. It’s remarkable how he’s
achieved all of this without actually
compromising the ride feel, and they promised us that
is you were blindfolded and rode this, which I wouldn’t advise, that you wouldn’t actually
notice the difference to a conventional road Bike. – So, this has got to top our
weird and wonderful category, I’m really lucky to be
joined here, on stand, by the guy behind Dear
Susan himself; Peter. What is the name of this Bike? – We’ve been calling
it project Pubesmobile. (laughing) – [Presenter] And why do
you give it that name? – So, it’s a collaboration
between myself and Mr. Pubes, of Bicycle Pubes… Who’s first name is actually Pubes. Which I found very surprising
when I first met him. – That is surprising. So talk me through this frame,
there’s some really cool details here, what’s your favorite parts? – I really enjoyed making the fork, although it was the most time
consuming fork I’ve ever made. There’s lugs inside the
lugs, and inside those lugs there’s things cut out, so I
quite enjoyed making those, in terms of, like, frame building. And the geometry was pretty challenging, like, I’ve been making a
few off-road tool Bikes, and that, is like a bit of… Geometry that I don’t think
anyone really understands, it’s like inherently a
bad idea, so making it… The least bad is… Hard. – And how did you did choose between disc brakes and rim brakes? (laughing) – Well, rim brakes are just silly. – [Presenter] Okay. – It’s 2019, come on! But, they’re nice to look at, so… The calipers are there,
but the rims aren’t. But if you put your mic next to that whoopee cushion right there. – Right. (farting noise) – There you go. (laughing) – Fabulous. (funk music) Dublin based carbon fiber
specialists FiftyOne, took inspiration for this build from their Russian pro cycalist Berzin, from the 90s Bianchi time trial
Bike that he used to ride, before taking a win at the Giro in 1994. It was of an era before the
UCI had brought in much more stringent rules about
frame design, so really the builders had much more liberty here, in terms of what they experimented with, and produced some really
fascinating builds like this one. Cannings will be especially chuffed that they didn’t adopt the traditional celeste paint job of the Bianchi, but instead took
inspiration from a totally different decade, with
a 70s Brooklyn jersey. Which I think looks absolutely mint. And if that wasn’t enough, check out the matching Silca pump as well. Now, a bamboo Bicycle
build is pretty cool, but then you factor in that
these parts were exclusively sourced from a local Bicycle cooperative, and that’s pretty impressive. But then you check out the
adaptations for this Bike, that mean you can carry your
Surfboard with you on the Bike, and that is really, really cool. Just look at those drop
handle bars which you use as mounts for your
Surfboards, and inner tubes which help strap it on. Even the bags are made out
of recycled inner tubes. This Bike’s almost enough to make me want to take up surfing. Yo! Now, we were just popping out for lunch, but I could not pass this by. Look at this incredible tool
Bike, I would give anything to give this a ride,
in fact I think you can fit about three of us on there. I would love to know who rides this. It’s of pretty epic
proportions as well, I mean, just its rear wheel is a 36-inch. And that chain ring, that’s
gotta be at least 90t. Now, as well as being one of my favorite builds here at NAHBS,
I definitely think this would be one that Lloydy would approve of. It’s a collaboration between
frame builder Curtis, from Retrotec, and Paul Components. And the real aim behind
this Bike was to get as many components and parts as possible from local builders. So, most of this Bike is
actually from California. As well as the incredible
craftsmanship that has obviously gone into this
Bike, one of my favorite stories is that parts both
from Paul Components and White Industries all
went into the anodizer at the same time, with this
custom green, which has been color matched for the
classic Sierra Nevada green. Another really cool thing about this Bike, is the copper detailing,
both on the front crate, which Paul made himself,
and on the rails of the brooks saddle, which pay homage to the copper tanks which the beer is brewed in. How cool is that? You might remember at
the Rio 2016 Olympics, when Felt unveiled a new
secret weapon for team USA, was a left-hand drive track Bike. They said it was
optimized for aerodynamics on the velodrome, and here today we see one of only 10 new crank
sets made by Affinity Cycles, here on, again, Brooklyn-based Weis. You’ll have seen Kelly’s using Spray Bike to paint his own Bike
in the upgrade feature, but these guys at Squid have been doing it for three years. Emily and Chris, the master
painters behind the business have done hundreds of frames,
and I think you’ll agree there’s some really radical
and lairy paint jobs. Just super fun. Squid have a cyclo-cross race team too, and Sammy and Anthony were
selected by the USA team to represent at the
World Cyclo-Cross Champs, this year on these really fun Bikes. We hope that you’ve enjoyed
this refreshing look at some really alternative
tech, just as much as we have. But for now, that’s a wrap from NAHBS, time to get back across the pond. (drops the mic) Matching Silca pump to match. (gibberish) (laughing) (laughing) You right remember from the rio… (laughing) It’s super cool! (laughing) Super cool! – I feel, I wish I was
you right now, you know? Like, not being able to see. (laughing)