2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show: Best in Show awards

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Feb. 28, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM EDT

Mark Dinucci was ecstatic with his selection for Best in Show. His understated city bike won thanks to its immaculate craftsmanship and attention to detail. The frame was painted by Keith Anderson. 

AUSTIN, Texas (VN) — Late on Sunday afternoon, just before the close of the show, NAHBS organizer Don Walker took the stage at the Austin Convention Center. As he read the list of the jury’s winner, each builder brought his winning bicycle to the stage. From the small, enthusiastic crowd came cheers of support and celebration. For many frame builders, earning a distinction at NAHBS is the culmination of years of refining their craft.

Unfortunately with so little time to photograph bikes before the show closed (and I had to get on a plane) I wasn’t able to shoot most of the winning bikes. My keen eye did pick the Ellis, the Anderson and the Bilenky as strong favorites. For more images check the builders’ websites.

Best in Show-Dinucci Cycles

By Bicycle Category:
Best Road Bicycle-Ellis Cycles
Best Track Bicycle-Six Eleven Bicycle Co.
Best Offroad- Black Sheep Bikes
Best Tandem-Eriksen Cycles
Best City Bike-Signal Cycles


Brett and Shelly Horton commisioned Bilenky Cycle Works to build this “constructeur” (most pieces are handmade or hand finished) city bicycle. It won Best Lugged for its amazing art deco accents. 

Best Carbon Fiber- Strong Frames
Best Steel- Bishop Bikes
Best Titanium- Kish Fabrication

Construction Method:
Best Lugged- Bilenky Cycle Works
Best Fillet Brazed- Vincent Dominguez Cycles
Best Paint- KirkLee Bicycles

Special Mentions:
Rookie of the Year-Cory Rosene
People’s Choice Award- Naked Bicycles
President’s Choice- Anderson Custom Bicycles

Related: All NAHBS articles and galleries

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Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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