Austin, NAHBS Pre-Game Festivities


Despite the ominous weather.

I knew today, the day before NAHBS would be awesome. I even got my stickers on time!

Prolly's new glass

After a quick coffee at Jo’s, Stacey, Otto & I headed over to John’s to pick up my loaner.

Man. Riding the KHS will be a sweet way to get around this weekend. Thanks once again John!

Race Proven

Afterwards we all headed over to Jaun in a Million.

Talk about setting a solid foundation for your day. So tasty. So filling!

Don Juan

After spending the afternoon in Zilker Park with Otto & Stacey,

I headed over to the convention center to sign in.

This contraption below caught my eye.

Goes to show you that “necessity is the mother of…” well, really only that not everything at NAHBS is pretty.

fork support

After a quick peek in the exhibition hall, I ran into John doing some recon.

I headed over to the Blogger Meetup organized by Darryl of Loving The Bike.

There were some really nice people hanging out and local Austin entrepreneurs as well:

Chameleon Coffee offered some samples of their cold brewed coffee. so damn good.

And below is the jersey from the Thunderbird Energetica kit.

Their energy bars were absurdly delicisous. Imagine a bar that tastes as good at this jersey looks.

Maybe even better.

Also there were the ever useful Grease Monkey Wipes & scrumptious Bearded Brothers organic snacks.


Tucked in the corner were two Bromptons. They are the new modes of traveling paths less pedaled.

Great to meet you Russ & Laura!


Some other bikes that stuck out were the bamboo cyclist‘s rig below

Bamboo, heavy duty

and Scott’s bike of Dropout, a local bike zine.

Scott Cannon

The final stop for the day was the Rapha film event at Mellow Johnny’s.

Mellow Johnny's

More sweet non-NAHBS bikes were seen…

Ira Ryan

always classic, an Ira Ryan above, Alan of Cycling WMD‘s travel bike below

Cycling WMD!!

and one of last year’s non-NAHBS show builds! Amrando Quiros‘s own ride:


But back to films, the premier of Rapha Continental and screening of D’Acciaio (Of Steel) by Ben Ingham

were certainly a sublime first step into the weekend.  D’Acciaio was a special treat to see again.

Dario is a true living legend and witnessing such a craftsman in honest non-rehearsed scenes is amazing.

No one can discount Rapha for their non-discount approach to cycling.

Beyond their luxury apparel, these guys truly do live and love bikes. More so than most cyclists even.

Every ride they did was indeed EPIC and pushed to the very limit of the riders’ ability.

The Continental portrayed these past several years of riding perfectly.

Passion, as Dario says, can’t be manufactured, but you see it here in this film.

From painful suffering as riders dragged themselves up and across vast American expanses to

the simple elegant beauty of the made in USA frames they road.  I cannot convey how picturesque it was.

The Rapha Continental Premiere

For more photos form my first day here in Austin can be found here.

Stay tuned on twitter for updates throughout Day 1 of NAHBS.

Matching pink in background.