Six frame builders have exhibited at every show. These are, in alphabetical order:
Craig Calfee is a pioneer in building bicycles with new materials. Starting with carbon fiber in 1987, Calfee was soon building bikes for Greg LeMond, Dave Scott, and many others. Branching out to tandems, track, cyclocross and recumbents, Calfee went on to make just about every kind of bike with carbobn fiber. Bamboo is the latest material, which he says offers an amazing ride quality, unmatched aesthetic, and makes a truly green statement. Since 2008, Calfee has been involved with bringing his bamboo joining techniques to developing countries so they can build their own bicycles from local bamboo. To this end, he founded Bamboosero bicycles.
2010: Best Tandem Bicycle
2008: Best Tandem Bicycle
2007: Best Carbon Fiber Bicycle
2006: Best Road Frame, Best Off-Road (Mountain) Bike
2005: People’s Choice Award
Bicycles: from an early childhood escape to a way of life. The bare structure of his Shcwinn Parmamount, stripped of paint, gave Nick Crumpton an insight to the hand-crafted world and he envisioned one day becoming a builder himself.
Many years later, Nick began learning the tools of the steel fabrication trade under the forgiving eyes of Hans Schultz, at GreenGear in Eugene, Oregon. In 2001, Crumpton began extensive research in advanced composites and by 2003 was riding full carbon prototypes. Today, he is still in pursuit of excellence as he offers his best in ft, performance and quality in his unique handcrafted bicycles.
2010: Best Carbon Fiber Bike
2008: Best Carbon Fiber Bike
2007: Best Carbon Fiber Bike
2005: Best Off-Road (cyclocross) Bike, Best Carbon Fiber Bike
A visit by the 7-Eleven team to his home town in 1985 inspired 12 year-old Mike DeSalvo to get a job at the local bike shop. That was the beginning of his career. He took frame building classes at the United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in 1991, and graduated from there to become a bike/ski bum in Colorado. During the late ‘90s he returned to the UBI as a teacher, and in 1999 DeSalvo began to practice what he preached in building his first frame. In 2001 a serious hobby became a fulltime job, and DeSalvo now builds about 120 frames a year. Known as one of ‘the next wave’ of builders, DeSalvo has made frames for some of ‘the next wave’ of cycling champions, including Barry Wicks and Carl Decker.
2008: Best TIG Welded Frame
2006: 3rd place Titanium frame
2005: 1st place TIG welded frame
Don Walker’s passion for cycling started at age 14 when he took up racing on the road, and then on the track at Hellyer Park Velodrome in California. Years later, as an aircraft mechanic, inspiration struck Walker while having a frame repaired and he took his oxy torch to bicycle tubing. Using his aerospace skills and a knowledge of racing at Cat 2 level, Don set out to make precise, refined bicycles designed to withstand the rigors of road and track racing. Walker’s passion has helped riders of all levels realize their potential and their dreams. Over the years, his frames have been ridden to district, national and international events, including a silver medal in the 1994 Commonwealth Games by Shaun Wallace of Great Britain. In 2005 Don founded the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and continues as its president.
2005: Best Tandem Frame