North American Handmade Bicycle show, N-A-H-B-S, or "knobs" with a boston accent.
Having heard a lot about this event, I was equal parts excited and skeptical of it's potential to be a whos-who industry scene. Thankfully, it was not that. No matter who you were, all the builders and individuals there were excited to talk about their work. Particularly Nic Carman, who went through the details of the Baja Divide alongside his Meriwether touring rig. Both were straight off the plane from baja, and still dusty. Buying beer for everyone who showed, the "presentation" quickly turned into a long conversation of brain picking and recalling the type 2 fun on route. For me this was the highlight of NAHBS, and I'm super excited for Nic and Lael to be sharing what they worked hard to create.
Otherwise, I spent my time oggling Adam Sklar's curvy machines and being blown away that at 23, he won best mountain bike. I can't wait to see the dudes portfolio at 50.