At Rodriguez, it's like NAHBS every week!
It's that time of the year again. The North American Handbuilt Bike Show (NAHBS) is almost here. Lots of folks are asking us if we are going to attend as a vendor? As always, the answer is no. Now, some of you probably already know why we don't go, but for others who might be curious, we're simply the busiest little custom shop in world (not to mention one of the oldest
). If you want a longer answer than that, here's an article that explains why in detail
That being said, we certainly have made a lot of bikes over the last year that would be excellent entries for display at a show like NAHBS. The difference is that these bikes were all custom made for their owners and are out on the road instead of being on display in a show. We have however spent a little time to photograph a few of these unique creations so that we could share them with you over the internet.
Realize this is just a small portion of the creations that have been created here by the Rodriguez and Erickson team. If you'd like to see a lot more photos, visit our complete photo gallery.
I've selected a few bikes (there were hundreds to choose from) to highlight here to illustrate some of the more unique bicycles that we've done since last years NAHBS show. Scroll down the list and you'll see that there's something for everyone. Anyone of these bikes by itself would be a great NAHBS entry, but as a collection, I think it's almost mind blowing. Look it over and see if you agree with me, that we've got the best custom bike team in the industry right here in Seattle's University District.
Click on any image to see a gallery of that bike with lots of close ups.
How about a Bicycle built for 4, that's convertible to a bicycle built for 3?
Have a taste for amazing art bikes? Check out the incredible Erickson Rohloff bike that we managed to pull off in 2014.
The Rodriguez Micro-Revolution spread even into our tandem line with a new Micro Tandem Model - The Rodriguez 2014!
Ever seen a step-through, tandem tricycle with a rear differential? Well, we built one of those this year!
So you like lugs do ya? Here's a 2014 Erickson that you might enjoy then.
Still with the lugged theme...a real beauty hand painted by a tattoo artist here in Seattle.
Of course, there's always the light weight road bikes with cool paint jobs.
Another light weight with a sweet paint job! Orange was hot this year.
How about a titanium Rohloff belt-drive commuter?
Another Rohloff belt-drive bike....this time in S3 steel.
Lots of titanium this year. Here's a ti travel single with Campy Record.
We built some killer fixed gear bikes over the season!
We've also been called upon to build several sweet Rando bikes.
Another titanium travel tandem with disc brakes and Campy Record!
Who'd of thunk it? Off road touring bikes have become somewhat of regular here at R+E Cycles over the last year.
Another heavy duty off-roader. This one's set up for an Alaskan winter.
Another sweet custom ride! A townie with hydraulic disc brakes.
Another sweet Rodriguez Shiftless fixie. I'd like to post them all, but I've gotta stop somewhere.
Step through frames are back for men and women. This Erickson fillet brazed step through is particularly beautiful.
In 2014, Rodriguez Custom Tandems for all shapes and sizes of riders were selling like hot cakes!
If you're still reading this, I hope you had a great time looking over these unique creations. I'm surprised at the number of bicycles we built this year, but mostly at the variety. It's truly amazing to look back over a year and see what kind of bicycles are rolling out the door here at R+E Cycles. Thanks for choosing us and telling your friends about us. We love what we do, and I hope that shows in this sampling of our work.
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