I saw lots of bikes, both at the NAHBS and out on the streets of Austin. I took a ton of photos, just get a good sampling of the variety of bikes I had the pleasure of drooling at. These photos have been presented in this post.
I need to grow another foot or so to ride this bike!
Schlumpf speed drive! This in conjunction with a Rohloff on a trike, would be quite the ride!
CityView! This one was well equipped, with even classy panniers!
Dwan Shepherd when I visited the Co-Motion booth. Dwan actually knew about my blog - go figure! I was thrilled to find out about that.
One of the bikes I had really wanted to check out was the Brompton! I got quite the opportunity to check'em out at the show. They had all the Brompton models at the booth. I was particularly interested in three aspects of the Brompton: 1) how easy were they to fold and unfold, 2) how easy were they to carry in their carrying case and 3) how nice are they to ride. I got all my questions answered at the Brompton booth. In addition to the Brompton company reps, one of my acquaintances, Russ Cooper, from Houston (the only Brompton dealer in TX) brought a M-Type Brompton for me to test ride. Thanks, Russ!
Brompton makes 3 main models: 1) M-Type, 2) P-Type (their touring model) and 3) S-Type (the speedier Brompton), perhaps! The M-Type has handlebars that are similar to the one on my Raleigh Twenty! The P-Type has butterfly handlebars, which permit multiple hand positions and the S-Type has a flat bar. There are other differences, which you can learn about from Brompton. Bromptons can be bought as single-speed, 3-speed or 6-speed bikes. Brompton makes a whole bunch of accessories for their bikes, many of which are custom designed for Brompton by many top notch manufacturers like SON.
The Brompton is the most compactly folding folder that I know of. Here is a M-Type folded and put away in the B-Bag. What a nice, compact fold!
A-Bag! Very beautiful bag! Perhaps not the best choice for someone like me who gets mistaken for a hobo :)
Chris' fine bikes.
Supernova E3 --- one of the brightest lights made. Very beautiful light. I wonder though if it might be a little bit of an overkill for a randonneuse.
The bikes at the ANT booth were not just utilitarian bikes, but very pretty as well!
Close-up of the Brompton poster! Those are really cool bikes.
- I had a great time at the NAHBS. I wanted to see the Bromptons and I did that.
- The Brooks, Co-Motion, ANT were very nice places to hangout as well.
- There were other booths from nice makers like Bilenky. I ran out of time to check'em out.
- If I go to this show again in the future, I would want to go at least a couple days. One day wasn't long enough to check out all the fine bicycles.
- I wanted to learn a bit more about the Shimano Alfine IGH. I was most disappointed when the Shimano people did not know the weight difference between a Rohloff and their new Alfine 11. They simply gave me a brochure and said that the information is "in there". I guess the internet is a better resource sometimes.