NAHBS via Padraig at Red Kite Prayer & Some Tandems

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) was held in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina and it was my sincere hope that we’d be attending.  Sadly, it fell on a weekend where we already had travel plans that would put us in Daytona Beach, Florida.

I’ve asked a friend and tandem enthusiast who attended NAHBS  to pen his observations about tandems in an article for the Tandem Club of America’s website, which he is doing.   So, I while I’ve seen some short videos and photos of a few of the tandems and personalities that made appearances at NAHBS, I haven’t really done a lot of web surfing… with one exception: Patrick Brady’s (aka, Padraig) photo collection and accompanying narratives on the award winners, noting that Padraig was one of the judges.  Here is a set of links to the six installments; well worth a look & read:

NAHBS 14, Part I: Best TIG Weld, Layup & Fillet
NAHBS 14, Part II: Best Track, Tandem, Mountain & Cyclocross
NAHBS 14, Part III: Best City, Finish, Experimental & Theme
NAHBS 14, Part IV: President’s Award, People’s Choice & Best of Show
NAHBS 14, Part V: Honorable Mentions & Judging
NAHBS 14, Part VI-1: Best New Builder
NAHBS 14, Part VI-2: A Few More Special Mentions

NAHBS 14, Part VII: Padraig’s Photo Dump

Since this is a tandem blog, here are a couple bones. The first is Padraig’s narrative about Co-Motion’s Best Tandem of Show from a very short YouTube Video:

Here are a couple of still shots of the tandems at the show:


Co-Motion’s Bosch Electric Assist, One-Off & Best Tandem of Show

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Co-Motion Java in an eye-catching paint scheme.


Bilenky Titanium Travel Tandem… Several Years In The Making. I’m thinking this was runner-up to the Co-Motion and would have otherwise been the show-winner.


Santana “Smooth” with Rohloff & BionX Electric Assist

Gallery: Velo's best of NAHBS awards for 2014

Calfee tandem that converts to a solo road bike; one of two at the show.

Gallery: Velo's best of NAHBS awards for 2014

Calfee tandem that converts to a solo road bike; this one in single bike configuration.


The University of Iowa’s Hand Built Bicycle Program Titanium Tandem 36er

NAHBS 2014.1

Sojourner Wooden Tandem

Boo Cycles, Bamboo Tandem

Boo Cycles, Bamboo Tandem


Kent Eriksen Titanium 29er

About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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One Response to NAHBS via Padraig at Red Kite Prayer & Some Tandems

  1. says:

    Thanks, enjoyed the show tour.

    Buff Chace SeaTac, WA

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