SDCBS 2009


My daughter and I rode our old Raleigh 3 speed down to the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show this morning, and stayed from open to about 2 when we had to head back for her to nap and for me to go for a ride. She was thrilled that her bike – complete with a Bobike mini seat, would be featured in the booth. She was a real trooper, expressing much interest in the details and in the builders. Go figure. She also like the cookies available in the Gypsy Cycles booth. I liked their all-terrain touring, adventure, armageddon bikes.

This was the first bicycle show I’d been to, and I was happy to see all the enthusiasm from both the crowds on Saturday and from the builders and vendors. San Diego certainly has some of the best riding in the country – on and off road – and the weather for year-round riding. It was nice to see more of the culture of bicycling concentrated in one place. Southern California, in general, is home to some established and emerging cycling communities and cultures, but they are rather spread out. We also have some of the world’s best athletes, and the roads are dominated by racers and racing. But the SDCBS provided a chance to explore the craft of bicycling, and the richness of everyday riding.

Here is the list of builders who were at the show:
Brian Baylis
Sadilah Handmade Framesets
Ditta Cycles
Fraser Cycles
Ybarrola Bicycles
Joe Bell Bicycle Refinishing
Bohemian Bicycles
Ed Litton
Rob Roberson
Maldoror Cycles
Rebolledo Cycles
Nobilette Cycles
Rene Herse Bicycles
Vendetta Cycles
Lyonsport Custom Frames
Selle Logica Saddles
Paragon Machine Works
Keith Anderson Cycles
Courage Cycles
Cane Creek
Bruce Gordon Cycles
Rock Lobster Custom Bicycles
Kish Fabrication
Moon Cycles
Charter Oak Cycling (Bill Rider)
Argonaunt Custom Bicycles
M.A.P. Bicycles
Sound Cycles
Moth Attack Cycles
Winter Bicycles
Gallus Cycles
Henry James Bicycles Inc.
Ahrens Bicycles
White Industries
Velo Cult Bicycle Shop
San Diego Bicycle Club
KVA Stainless
Sock Guy
Sendero Cycles
Wanta Frames
Bilenky Cycle Works
Moment Cycle Sport
Calfee Design
Cane Creek
Bill Holland Bicycles
Form Cycles
Taylor Bicycles
J.A. Stein tool company
Pacific Coast Cycles
Viks. (Bicycle Artist and Tinsmith)
Pactimo Custom Apparel
Gypsy Cycles
Townsend Cycles
RR Velo
Proletariat Bicycle Co

Mark Nobilette, Anthony, Tom, and Sky, serving beer at 10am.

Anthony’s new Alan Wanta frame, with his own graphics. This is designed as a porteur, with a custom rack coming soon, and a wheel build around a Schmidt dynohub:

Mark Nobilette/Rene Herse. It was nice to see the Herse up close. The paint is gorgeous, and its put together as the perfect 650B randonneur. This one got a lot of attention. Mark is a great guy – I ride a 650B touring bike he made as a prototype for Rivendell. He mentioned that he made about 8 of their designs that became Protovelos.

A Krik Pacenti road bike for the Cane Creek booth:

Maldoror, an academic and local framebuilder. I had heard about him before, and it was nice to meet him. Sharp, engaging fellow, and an artful interest in touring bikes:

VIK’s metal work reminded me of drawings I did in my high school math class notebook — but on A BIKE.

This is a San Diego show, so you gotta represent.

Gypsy Bicycles showed some very interesting examples of all-rounder adventure bikes, complete with knobbies and a Mad Max aesthetic.

Argonaut Cycles garnered a lot of attention with this mixte. They had a nice display, too:

Aherns brought a good variety of bikes, including this one set up for cyclocross:

Bruce Gordon displayed quite a few models, and had a nice location in the room. I especially liked the flat paint on this town bike:

This track bike is from Townsend. They had some shiny stuff:

Gallus Cycles drove two days from Texas to show this randonneuring bike and track bike. Nice guys.

Blaze had this great road bike in their booth, and some stellar design program for framebuilders.

Joe Bell was there, and it was easy to see why the paint costs so much when inspecting the frames, like this Rivendell Custom.

The lugwork Brian Baylis’ bikes stood out. Master builder:

Bilenky’s booth was full of cool merch and this lovely bike. I missed Russ Roca’s cargo bike on Sunday.

Titanium possibilities were on on display at the Kish booth. I especially liked this townie with painted bars:

Proletariat Cycles has the coolest name, and some nice handmade work:

This endomorph bike from Sendero was pretty well thought out. Those tires are on a regular box rim. Check out the bottle cage and the size of that Kleen Kanteen!

My traveling companion:

Then I went for a ride myself!



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  3. Franklyn

    That’s a great report and tons of nice photos. I wonder how Mark does it–making frames for Rivendell, Rene Herse Bicycles, and his own custom business. Curt stopped making Riv frames because he can’t fill his custom order fast enough!

    • Esteban

      I’m not sure if Mark is still making Riv custom frames…they’re a bit cryptic about the customs.

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