Bicycle builders win awards in Sacramento

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CHERUBIM's Sticky road bike

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show gives bike builders an opportunity to display their wares to the public. It also gives them a chance to gain recognition for their hard work.

At this year’s 8th annual show in Sacramento, a Japanese family business took the top honors with Best of Show and the President’s Award on Sunday.

CHERUBIM by Shin Ichi-Konno is the descendant of bicycle frame-building Konno Cycle Works founded in Tokyo in 1965. Hitoshi Konno launched the business after Japanese cyclists were dazzled by Italian bikes at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 1964.

By the 1970s, three Konno brothers led the frame-building industry in Japan with their brands CHERUBIM, 3Rensho and Miyuki. CHERUBIM is the only surviving brand that carries the family tradition as its led by Shin Ichi Konno, Hitoshi’s son. Above is the CHERUBIM Sticky road bike.

University of the Fraser Valley won the People’s Choice award. The university east of Vancouver, BC, is home to frame builder Paul Brodie, who offers a continuing education course is steel bicycle frame building.

The Best New Builder award went to Stinner Frameworks of Santa Barbara, and Oregon-based Vendetta Cycles won the Best Finish award.

Previous awards, announced Saturday:

Materials Division

Best steel construction – Bishop Bikes, Ellis Cycles

Best titanium construction – Eriksen Cycles, Potts

Best carbon construction – Alchemy Bicycle Company

Best alternative material (bamboo, aluminum, wood,) – Paketa Cycles


Riding Discipline Division

Best city bike – Muse Cycles, Ira Ryan Cycles, Shamrock Cycles

Best road bike – Demon Frameworks, Rex Cycles

Best mountain bike – Retrotec-Inglis Cycles, Pereira Cycles, Naked Cycles

Best cyclocross bike – Six Eleven Bicycle Co., Moots

Best track bike – Rebolledo Cycles

Best tandem bike – Eriksen Cycles

Best experimental bike – Black Sheep Fabrications, Ti Cycles


Construction Division

Best lugged frame – Bishop Bikes

Best fillet frame – Bishop Bikes

Best TIG frame – Black Sheep Fabrications


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