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NAHBS – The memories from a journey that turned a dream into reality

NAHBS – The memories from a journey that turned a dream into reality

22. 4. 2015 | author: Robin Fišer   foto: Robin Fišer, Studio Deform

22. 4. 2015 | author: Robin Fišer   foto: Robin Fišer, Studio Deform

22. 4. 2015 | author: Robin Fišer   foto: Robin Fišer, Studio Deform

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Journeys   Stories   Technology   Galerie

Journeys   Stories   Technology   Galerie

Journeys   Stories   Technology   Galerie

Journeys   Stories   Technology   Galerie

Journeys   Stories   Technology   Galerie

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the largest and one of the most important handmade frame fairs, has long been an inspiration, a symbolic inner desire, and ultimately a huge challenge for REPETE. Obviously, NAHBS is the event of the year for frame producers and most of them take many months to prepare for this event. The following describes a little taste of the journey that turned our dream into a reality.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the largest and one of the most important handmade frame fairs, has long been an inspiration, a symbolic inner desire, and ultimately a huge challenge for REPETE. Obviously, NAHBS is the event of the year for frame producers and most of them take many months to prepare for this event. The following describes a little taste of the journey that turned our dream into a reality.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the largest and one of the most important handmade frame fairs, has long been an inspiration, a symbolic inner desire, and ultimately a huge challenge for REPETE. Obviously, NAHBS is the event of the year for frame producers and most of them take many months to prepare for this event. The following describes a little taste of the journey that turned our dream into a reality.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the largest and one of the most important handmade frame fairs, has long been an inspiration, a symbolic inner desire, and ultimately a huge challenge for REPETE. Obviously, NAHBS is the event of the year for frame producers and most of them take many months to prepare for this event. The following describes a little taste of the journey that turned our dream into a reality.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the largest and one of the most important handmade frame fairs, has long been an inspiration, a symbolic inner desire, and ultimately a huge challenge for REPETE. Obviously, NAHBS is the event of the year for frame producers and most of them take many months to prepare for this event. The following describes a little taste of the journey that turned our dream into a reality.

Frames for the NAHBS

In 2014, we began to focus on our ideal designs for the NAHBS frames. We wanted the frame design to be exceptional and to clearly display our work. Our first frame was the Reborn road bike. The frame itself is made of shaped Columbus Spirit HSS tubes with brazed joints, REPETE produced stainless steel dropouts, conical head tube, and integrated brake cable routing. The REBORN version we made for NAHBS is designed to fit the Campagnolo Super Record EPS electric kit, with the battery hidden in the saddle tube (the kit can be deactivated with magnetic tape, also located in the saddle tube).

The NAHBS setting went hand in hand with the bike’s aesthetic, including the paint job. It took several months of testing. We used Spray-on Chrome to achieve that perfect mirror shine. It is a chemical process that requires more than 20 steps to achieve the intended look. Unlike conventional galvanic plating, this process can also be applied to the coating of carbon components.

Frames for the NAHBS

In 2014, we began to focus on our ideal designs for the NAHBS frames. We wanted the frame design to be exceptional and to clearly display our work. Our first frame was the Reborn road bike. The frame itself is made of shaped Columbus Spirit HSS tubes with brazed joints, REPETE produced stainless steel dropouts, conical head tube, and integrated brake cable routing. The REBORN version we made for NAHBS is designed to fit the Campagnolo Super Record EPS electric kit, with the battery hidden in the saddle tube (the kit can be deactivated with magnetic tape, also located in the saddle tube).

The NAHBS setting went hand in hand with the bike’s aesthetic, including the paint job. It took several months of testing. We used Spray-on Chrome to achieve that perfect mirror shine. It is a chemical process that requires more than 20 steps to achieve the intended look. Unlike conventional galvanic plating, this process can also be applied to the coating of carbon components.

Frames for the NAHBS

In 2014, we began to focus on our ideal designs for the NAHBS frames. We wanted the frame design to be exceptional and to clearly display our work. Our first frame was the Reborn road bike. The frame itself is made of shaped Columbus Spirit HSS tubes with brazed joints, REPETE produced stainless steel dropouts, conical head tube, and integrated brake cable routing. The REBORN version we made for NAHBS is designed to fit the Campagnolo Super Record EPS electric kit, with the battery hidden in the saddle tube (the kit can be deactivated with magnetic tape, also located in the saddle tube).

The NAHBS setting went hand in hand with the bike’s aesthetic, including the paint job. It took several months of testing. We used Spray-on Chrome to achieve that perfect mirror shine. It is a chemical process that requires more than 20 steps to achieve the intended look. Unlike conventional galvanic plating, this process can also be applied to the coating of carbon components.

Frames for the NAHBS

In 2014, we began to focus on our ideal designs for the NAHBS frames. We wanted the frame design to be exceptional and to clearly display our work. Our first frame was the Reborn road bike. The frame itself is made of shaped Columbus Spirit HSS tubes with brazed joints, REPETE produced stainless steel dropouts, conical head tube, and integrated brake cable routing. The REBORN version we made for NAHBS is designed to fit the Campagnolo Super Record EPS electric kit, with the battery hidden in the saddle tube (the kit can be deactivated with magnetic tape, also located in the saddle tube).

The NAHBS setting went hand in hand with the bike’s aesthetic, including the paint job. It took several months of testing. We used Spray-on Chrome to achieve that perfect mirror shine. It is a chemical process that requires more than 20 steps to achieve the intended look. Unlike conventional galvanic plating, this process can also be applied to the coating of carbon components.

Frames for the NAHBS

In 2014, we began to focus on our ideal designs for the NAHBS frames. We wanted the frame design to be exceptional and to clearly display our work. Our first frame was the Reborn road bike. The frame itself is made of shaped Columbus Spirit HSS tubes with brazed joints, REPETE produced stainless steel dropouts, conical head tube, and integrated brake cable routing. The REBORN version we made for NAHBS is designed to fit the Campagnolo Super Record EPS electric kit, with the battery hidden in the saddle tube (the kit can be deactivated with magnetic tape, also located in the saddle tube).

The NAHBS setting went hand in hand with the bike’s aesthetic, including the paint job. It took several months of testing. We used Spray-on Chrome to achieve that perfect mirror shine. It is a chemical process that requires more than 20 steps to achieve the intended look. Unlike conventional galvanic plating, this process can also be applied to the coating of carbon components.

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“Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds.”

“Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds.”

“Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds.”

“Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds.”

The second round presented at NAHBS was our Falcon track frame. We chose the racing model we made for our REPETE team rider, Jan Kraus. The manufacturing process was also challenging because Jan had a long-proven track record and, of course, this was reflected in the frame design. The design was based on the assumption that a compact frame with a horizontally positioned top tube, suitably shaped rear stays for greater stiffness, and a 1 ⅛ ”/ 1 1/2” conical head tube would best tolerate the extreme pressure of velodrome races. The Falcon is also made of Columbus Spirit HSS shaped tubes, but with a drop-shaped bottom frame tube, classic BSA center, and stainless steel track dropouts, all designed in house by REPETE.

The second round presented at NAHBS was our Falcon track frame. We chose the racing model we made for our REPETE team rider, Jan Kraus. The manufacturing process was also challenging because Jan had a long-proven track record and, of course, this was reflected in the frame design. The design was based on the assumption that a compact frame with a horizontally positioned top tube, suitably shaped rear stays for greater stiffness, and a 1 ⅛ ”/ 1 1/2” conical head tube would best tolerate the extreme pressure of velodrome races. The Falcon is also made of Columbus Spirit HSS shaped tubes, but with a drop-shaped bottom frame tube, classic BSA center, and stainless steel track dropouts, all designed in house by REPETE.

The second round presented at NAHBS was our Falcon track frame. We chose the racing model we made for our REPETE team rider, Jan Kraus. The manufacturing process was also challenging because Jan had a long-proven track record and, of course, this was reflected in the frame design. The design was based on the assumption that a compact frame with a horizontally positioned top tube, suitably shaped rear stays for greater stiffness, and a 1 ⅛ ”/ 1 1/2” conical head tube would best tolerate the extreme pressure of velodrome races. The Falcon is also made of Columbus Spirit HSS shaped tubes, but with a drop-shaped bottom frame tube, classic BSA center, and stainless steel track dropouts, all designed in house by REPETE.

The second round presented at NAHBS was our Falcon track frame. We chose the racing model we made for our REPETE team rider, Jan Kraus. The manufacturing process was also challenging because Jan had a long-proven track record and, of course, this was reflected in the frame design. The design was based on the assumption that a compact frame with a horizontally positioned top tube, suitably shaped rear stays for greater stiffness, and a 1 ⅛ ”/ 1 1/2” conical head tube would best tolerate the extreme pressure of velodrome races. The Falcon is also made of Columbus Spirit HSS shaped tubes, but with a drop-shaped bottom frame tube, classic BSA center, and stainless steel track dropouts, all designed in house by REPETE.

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Cyclocross has a long tradition in Central European countries. Cyclocross can take you through difficult terrain - mud, sand, or snow - and is often accompanied by bad weather. It requires both a durable rider and durable material. Our Grizzly model, specially designed for NAHBS, is made to endure the toughest conditions. The Grizzly meets all the demands of a maneuverable, fast frame, yet it is comfortable enough to tackle the most challenging terrain.

Our Grizzly frame utilizes Columbus Spirit HSS and Columbus Life tubes. The rear framework was designed with bent stays for increased tire clearance. The brakes are designed with the post mount standard and can accommodate disc brakes up to 160 mm. All of the cable guides are external for quick and easy service. The color scheme, matte bear brown, underlines the character of the bike and symbolically pays tribute to the category for which the frame is used.

Cyclocross has a long tradition in Central European countries. Cyclocross can take you through difficult terrain - mud, sand, or snow - and is often accompanied by bad weather. It requires both a durable rider and durable material. Our Grizzly model, specially designed for NAHBS, is made to endure the toughest conditions. The Grizzly meets all the demands of a maneuverable, fast frame, yet it is comfortable enough to tackle the most challenging terrain.

Our Grizzly frame utilizes Columbus Spirit HSS and Columbus Life tubes. The rear framework was designed with bent stays for increased tire clearance. The brakes are designed with the post mount standard and can accommodate disc brakes up to 160 mm. All of the cable guides are external for quick and easy service. The color scheme, matte bear brown, underlines the character of the bike and symbolically pays tribute to the category for which the frame is used.

Cyclocross has a long tradition in Central European countries. Cyclocross can take you through difficult terrain - mud, sand, or snow - and is often accompanied by bad weather. It requires both a durable rider and durable material. Our Grizzly model, specially designed for NAHBS, is made to endure the toughest conditions. The Grizzly meets all the demands of a maneuverable, fast frame, yet it is comfortable enough to tackle the most challenging terrain.

Our Grizzly frame utilizes Columbus Spirit HSS and Columbus Life tubes. The rear framework was designed with bent stays for increased tire clearance. The brakes are designed with the post mount standard and can accommodate disc brakes up to 160 mm. All of the cable guides are external for quick and easy service. The color scheme, matte bear brown, underlines the character of the bike and symbolically pays tribute to the category for which the frame is used.

Cyclocross has a long tradition in Central European countries. Cyclocross can take you through difficult terrain - mud, sand, or snow - and is often accompanied by bad weather. It requires both a durable rider and durable material. Our Grizzly model, specially designed for NAHBS, is made to endure the toughest conditions. The Grizzly meets all the demands of a maneuverable, fast frame, yet it is comfortable enough to tackle the most challenging terrain.

Our Grizzly frame utilizes Columbus Spirit HSS and Columbus Life tubes. The rear framework was designed with bent stays for increased tire clearance. The brakes are designed with the post mount standard and can accommodate disc brakes up to 160 mm. All of the cable guides are external for quick and easy service. The color scheme, matte bear brown, underlines the character of the bike and symbolically pays tribute to the category for which the frame is used.

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Presentation and stand

The question was, how to present the REPETE brand to the NAHBS? We teamed up with Václav Mlynář and Jakub Pollag from Deform studio, who have successfully worked with large international brands such as Heineken, Nike, and Czech TON. The logistical parameters, i.e. US production and on-site assembly (ideally within 24 hours and preferably without complications), make it particularly difficult to enter this event. We had to take several other factors into account for the final design for our presentation, including deciding where to place the wheels on the backlit pedestals, which are able to carry the display stands with complete mounted frames. In principle, there are several interlocking boxes/containers with a visible wall displaying our logo and a deck made up of black OSB boards. The boxes serve practical purposes as well. They can be used to store materials and accessories during the exhibition and they also provide a convenient seating option for us.


Direction Louisville

We had a long journey to Louisville from Prague via Paris. Upon arrival, we encountered our first complication: a delayed transport box with one of our bikes for the show. We took a bit of a risk deciding to trust the airport service to deliver our delayed shipment directly to the site a few days later, but we went for it and relaxed.

Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds. We opted to get a hotel room for the first night. But we weren’t going to just accept the unexpected snow, even though most Americans would probably prefer to stay at home. The next day we embraced the situation and found a surprising abundance of parking space in the city center, likely due to the extreme temperatures outside.


Prezentace a stánek

A jak značku REPETE a celé vynaložené úsilí v NAHBS prezentovat? Spojili jsme se s Václavem Mlynářem a Jakubem Pollagem ze studia Deform, kteří mají za sebou úspěšné realizace pro velké mezinárodní značky jako jsou Heineken, Nike či české TON. Zadání ztěžují především logistické parametry, tj. nutnost výroby v USA a sestavení na místě (ideálně během 24 hodin a nejlépe bez komplikací). Zvolený návrh nakonec počítá s umístěním kol na podsvícené piedestaly, které unesou praktické stojany s realizovanými a osazenými rámy. V principu jde o několik do sebe zapadajících boxů – kontejnerů, pohledovou stěnu s logem a podlahu z OSB desek, vše obarvené načerno. Boxy mají i praktické využití - slouží k uskladnění materiálů a doplňků během výstavy a zároveň řeší i možnost posezení.


Směr Louisville

Dlouhá cesta z Prahy přes Paříž až do amerického Louisville. Po příletu zjišťujeme, že si cesta vyžádala drobnou újmu – opožděný přepravní box s jedním z kol určených k výstavě. Trochu zariskujeme a rozhodneme se využít služby letiště – opožděnou zásilku si necháváme dopravit přímo na místo, o pár dní později skutečně dorazí. Oddychli jsme si.

V Louisville nakládáme věci do vypůjčeného obytného vozu. Brzy také zjišťujeme, že v příštích dnech spadnou teploty až na -20°C a tak se náš amerických sen o kempování v autě během těchto mrazů trochu vzdaluje. Pro první noc raději volíme hotel. Se sněhovou kalamitou se nehodláme smířit, přestože většina Američanů raději nevychází z domů. Druhý den využíváme situace a v centru města nacházíme překvapivě mnohem více místa na zaparkování, než by tomu bylo bez teplotního extrému.

Presentation and stand

The question was, how to present the REPETE brand to the NAHBS? We teamed up with Václav Mlynář and Jakub Pollag from Deform studio, who have successfully worked with large international brands such as Heineken, Nike, and Czech TON. The logistical parameters, i.e. US production and on-site assembly (ideally within 24 hours and preferably without complications), make it particularly difficult to enter this event. We had to take several other factors into account for the final design for our presentation, including deciding where to place the wheels on the backlit pedestals, which are able to carry the display stands with complete mounted frames. In principle, there are several interlocking boxes/containers with a visible wall displaying our logo and a deck made up of black OSB boards. The boxes serve practical purposes as well. They can be used to store materials and accessories during the exhibition and they also provide a convenient seating option for us.


Direction Louisville

We had a long journey to Louisville from Prague via Paris. Upon arrival, we encountered our first complication: a delayed transport box with one of our bikes for the show. We took a bit of a risk deciding to trust the airport service to deliver our delayed shipment directly to the site a few days later, but we went for it and relaxed.

Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds. We opted to get a hotel room for the first night. But we weren’t going to just accept the unexpected snow, even though most Americans would probably prefer to stay at home. The next day we embraced the situation and found a surprising abundance of parking space in the city center, likely due to the extreme temperatures outside.

Presentation and stand

The question was, how to present the REPETE brand to the NAHBS? We teamed up with Václav Mlynář and Jakub Pollag from Deform studio, who have successfully worked with large international brands such as Heineken, Nike, and Czech TON. The logistical parameters, i.e. US production and on-site assembly (ideally within 24 hours and preferably without complications), make it particularly difficult to enter this event. We had to take several other factors into account for the final design for our presentation, including deciding where to place the wheels on the backlit pedestals, which are able to carry the display stands with complete mounted frames. In principle, there are several interlocking boxes/containers with a visible wall displaying our logo and a deck made up of black OSB boards. The boxes serve practical purposes as well. They can be used to store materials and accessories during the exhibition and they also provide a convenient seating option for us.


Direction Louisville

We had a long journey to Louisville from Prague via Paris. Upon arrival, we encountered our first complication: a delayed transport box with one of our bikes for the show. We took a bit of a risk deciding to trust the airport service to deliver our delayed shipment directly to the site a few days later, but we went for it and relaxed.

Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds. We opted to get a hotel room for the first night. But we weren’t going to just accept the unexpected snow, even though most Americans would probably prefer to stay at home. The next day we embraced the situation and found a surprising abundance of parking space in the city center, likely due to the extreme temperatures outside.

“We had endless kilometers of wide highways, liters of coffee, tons of sandwiches and lots of country radio ahead of us - classic America.”

“We had endless kilometers of wide highways, liters of coffee, tons of sandwiches and lots of country radio ahead of us - classic America.”

“We had endless kilometers of wide highways, liters of coffee, tons of sandwiches and lots of country radio ahead of us - classic America.”

“We had endless kilometers of wide highways, liters of coffee, tons of sandwiches and lots of country radio ahead of us - classic America.”

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On the spot, NAHBS begins

Finally there. The gates would open the next day. The final preparations at the fair were well underway. The construction of the exhibition stand went smoothly. A big thank you to the contractors, Louisville Lumber Mill, and Louisville Lumber & Millwork. We managed to complete the final touches just before the gates opened and we began greeting our first visitors.

We were submitting our CX Grizzly and Reborn Road bikes for the annual competition. We soon discovered that the REborn was also nominated by the jury for another show category - the Campagnolo Builder Award. The awards are annually awarded by a jury of producers and industry leaders, headed by Dong Walker, the director and founder of NAHBS. To our great surprise, the loudspeakers announced: “The REPETE Reborn wins the Best Road Bike Award!” The news we had just heard slowly sank in...we won!

Indeed, the most positive aspects of our time at NAHBS was meeting with manufacturers, getting detailed tours of the exhibited products, discussing our experiences with industry colleagues, and last but not least, local Kentucky Bourbon. The positive feedback we received provided some great motivation for us to keep creating. Worrying about the competition really took a back seat. We felt that everyone was there for one reason - our shared passion for cycling. The North America Handmade Bicycle Show is all about meeting people, community, and craftsmanship, regardless of where we are from.


American Dream

The following week, we extend your stay and headed out to explore North America. The weather improved and the plan started to come together. We had endless kilometers of wide highways, liters of coffee, tons of sandwiches and lots of country radio ahead of us - classic America. Kentucky, Ohio, Lake Erie, Detroit (the once flourishing automotive metropolis) could not be missed. Dazzled by the beauty of Lake Michigan though, we slowly gave up on our dream tour and ended our journey in Chicago, America's third largest city, then home to a well-known Czech mayor. It was an incredible feeling. It was a journey none of us will ever forget.


Presentation and stand

The question was, how to present the REPETE brand to the NAHBS? We teamed up with Václav Mlynář and Jakub Pollag from Deform studio, who have successfully worked with large international brands such as Heineken, Nike, and Czech TON. The logistical parameters, i.e. US production and on-site assembly (ideally within 24 hours and preferably without complications), make it particularly difficult to enter this event. We had to take several other factors into account for the final design for our presentation, including deciding where to place the wheels on the backlit pedestals, which are able to carry the display stands with complete mounted frames. In principle, there are several interlocking boxes/containers with a visible wall displaying our logo and a deck made up of black OSB boards. The boxes serve practical purposes as well. They can be used to store materials and accessories during the exhibition and they also provide a convenient seating option for us.


Direction Louisville

We had a long journey to Louisville from Prague via Paris. Upon arrival, we encountered our first complication: a delayed transport box with one of our bikes for the show. We took a bit of a risk deciding to trust the airport service to deliver our delayed shipment directly to the site a few days later, but we went for it and relaxed.

Once in Louisville, we loaded our things into a rented caravan. We soon discovered that temperatures were set to drop to -20° C over the next few days, and thus our American dream of camping in the car drifted a little bit farther with the frosty winds. We opted to get a hotel room for the first night. But we weren’t going to just accept the unexpected snow, even though most Americans would probably prefer to stay at home. The next day we embraced the situation and found a surprising abundance of parking space in the city center, likely due to the extreme temperatures outside.

Na místě, NAHBS začíná

Na místě. Zítra se otevřou brány. V areálu veletrhu probíhají poslední přípravy. Samotná stavba výstavního stánku proběhla bez komplikací. Velké poděkování patří zhotovitelům, louisvillské stolařské dílně, Louisville Lumber & Millwork. Poslední detaily dokončujeme těsně před otevřením bran a vzápětí odpovídáme prvním návštěvníkům.

Do každoroční soutěže nominujeme náš CX model Grizzly i silniční REborn. Brzy zjiťujeme, že REborn je porotou navržen i v další výstavní kategorii – Campagnolo Builder Award. Ceny každoročně uděluje porota z řad výrobců a významných osobností oboru, v čele s ředitelem a zakladatelem NAHBS, Donem Walkerem. K našemu velkému překvapení se z amplionů dozvídáme: “Ocenění Best Road Bike získává REPETE Reborn!” Pomalu si uvědomujeme, co jsme to právě slyšeli.

K největším pozitivům NAHBS skutečně patří osobní setkání s výrobci, detailní prohlídky vystavených produktů, diskuze o nabytých zkušenostech a v neposlední řadě i sklenička místního Bourbonu. Kladné ohlasy jsou pro nás obrovskou motivací k další tvorbě. Přemýšlet nad něčím jako je konkurence je pomíjivé. Zažili jsme pocit, že všichni jsou tu kvůli stejné věci – vztahu k cyklistice jako takové. A právě proto je North America Handmade Bicycle Show především o setkávání lidí, komunitě a řemeslné práci, ať už z pohledu návštěvníka či vystavovatele z druhé strany planety.


American Dream

Následující týden si pobyt prodlužujeme a vyrážíme na cestu po severní Americe. Počasí se umoudřilo a obytňák začal fungovat naplno. Nekonečné kilometry širokých dálnic, litry kávy, tuny sendvičů a v rádiu country – to by snad ani nebyla Amerika. Kentucky, Ohio, Erijské jezero, Detroit - kdysi vzkvétající automobilovou metropoli – rozhodně nemůžeme vynechat. Omámeni krásami jezera Michigan se pomalu loučíme s prožitým snem a cestu končíme v Chicagu, třetím největším americkém městě, Čechům dobře známém díky tehdejšímu českému starostovi. Krásný pocit. Cesta zůstává dlouho v nás.

Na místě, NAHBS začíná

Na místě. Zítra se otevřou brány. V areálu veletrhu probíhají poslední přípravy. Samotná stavba výstavního stánku proběhla bez komplikací. Velké poděkování patří zhotovitelům, louisvillské stolařské dílně, Louisville Lumber & Millwork. Poslední detaily dokončujeme těsně před otevřením bran a vzápětí odpovídáme prvním návštěvníkům.

Do každoroční soutěže nominujeme náš CX model Grizzly i silniční REborn. Brzy zjiťujeme, že REborn je porotou navržen i v další výstavní kategorii – Campagnolo Builder Award. Ceny každoročně uděluje porota z řad výrobců a významných osobností oboru, v čele s ředitelem a zakladatelem NAHBS, Donem Walkerem. K našemu velkému překvapení se z amplionů dozvídáme: “Ocenění Best Road Bike získává REPETE Reborn!” Pomalu si uvědomujeme, co jsme to právě slyšeli.

K největším pozitivům NAHBS skutečně patří osobní setkání s výrobci, detailní prohlídky vystavených produktů, diskuze o nabytých zkušenostech a v neposlední řadě i sklenička místního Bourbonu. Kladné ohlasy jsou pro nás obrovskou motivací k další tvorbě. Přemýšlet nad něčím jako je konkurence je pomíjivé. Zažili jsme pocit, že všichni jsou tu kvůli stejné věci – vztahu k cyklistice jako takové. A právě proto je North America Handmade Bicycle Show především o setkávání lidí, komunitě a řemeslné práci, ať už z pohledu návštěvníka či vystavovatele z druhé strany planety.


American Dream

Následující týden si pobyt prodlužujeme a vyrážíme na cestu po severní Americe. Počasí se umoudřilo a obytňák začal fungovat naplno. Nekonečné kilometry širokých dálnic, litry kávy, tuny sendvičů a v rádiu country – to by snad ani nebyla Amerika. Kentucky, Ohio, Erijské jezero, Detroit - kdysi vzkvétající automobilovou metropoli – rozhodně nemůžeme vynechat. Omámeni krásami jezera Michigan se pomalu loučíme s prožitým snem a cestu končíme v Chicagu, třetím největším americkém městě, Čechům dobře známém díky tehdejšímu českému starostovi. Krásný pocit. Cesta zůstává dlouho v nás.


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