Fillet brazed steel bikes, handcrafted in Oklahoma.

Shows over! Nothing to see, move along.

Yup, I guess it is. The whole weekend flew by and I’m already back to the daily grind. I’ve got a bunch of pictures (of questionable quality) and a whole slew of new pals. There were about 18 builders there, covering pretty much every material (except for aluminum, but it’s better that way) and most all types of bikes. Track, road, cross, mtb, fixie and touring/commuter bikes were all represented. At some point I’ll get some pics up on Flickr, (maybe) but I’ll share a few highlights with you now.

Tim Massengill brought a full carbon race bike with a Ritchey BreakAway style coupling. True Fabrications and Daltex brought some cool paint. Gallus brought the little 20″ S&S coupled touring bike, and a Daltex customer brought some righteous tats. Oh yeah, and there was a guy on the deck of the fitness center riding a spin bike while watching the cross race. I’d like to have an amusing commentary on the lameness of that, but I really don’t know where to start.

I met some cool guys, and there were some really nice bikes there. Thanks to Glenn at Daltex for setting everything up and doing so much work to make it all go well. I’d like to write more, and link all the other builders, but it’s late so I’ll settle for a link to the show site. All the exhibitors are linked on the front page, check them out. They all do great work, and you’ll probably see something you must have.

Buy your next bike from a small builder. Buy your next bike from someone who asks what you want, designs for your body and riding style, and loves building bikes. Buy your next bike from a skilled craftsman who makes an honest wage for a quality product. It’s either that or a Taiwanese guy who pulls 150 frames out of the same mold every day, in unsafe miserable conditions, and gets paid jack shit for the trouble.


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