Tech gallery: 2023 Made handmade bicycle show, part one

Handmade bikes make a triumphant return to the North American stage.

James Huang
by James Huang 25.08.2023 Photography by
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The COVID-19 pandemic may have fueled a massive (albeit temporary) boom in the cycling industry, but it wasn’t universally kind to everyone in the industry. After 14 successive years, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show closed its doors for good, leaving behind a giant wake of uncertainty for a bustling custom industry that still needed a grand showcase for its wares. Filling the void is a new show called Made, and what a show it’s already turning out to be.

Whereas NAHBS was a travelling show that changed venues every year, Made is happy to call Portland, Oregon home, settling into the unique venue of Zidell Yards – a decommissioned open-air industrial complex that was once used to build giant barges. The historical (and rather gritty) setting somehow seemed just right for this gathering of craftspeople, fabricators, and tinkerers, and although there was perhaps some uncertainty as to whether Made would be able to fully fill the shoes NAHBS left behind, there was no question after day one.

For this opening round of coverage, we bring you a stunning retro-tribute by Rob English, a gorgeous anniversary-edition custom carbon fiber machine from legendary builder Bill Holland, swoopy handiwork from Todd Ingermanson of Black Cat Bicycles, and some more beautiful builds from the likes of Chris Chance, Mike DeSalvo, and Tonic Fabrication. 

Dave Rome and I are on the ground for nearly the entirety of the four-day show with a whole bunch of extra batteries, so buckle up for a massive pile of custom bike goodness over the next week or so. 

Welcome to Made

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