Bruce Gordon, Ahearne, DiNucci and Vendetta Cycles

This year, more than any other year at NAHBS, I got to talk face to face with the builders and their assistants. I took more time listening to their process and their pains. It’s not easy building bicycles in the States and sometimes, things get a little rough financially.

Earlier this year, Bruce Gordon put out an SOS (shop on stress) and the framebuilding world responded. Now, I’m not saying their shop is slammed, but business picked up and Bruce has some new products on the way. Cantis, toe clips and even a nice, 700c gum wall touring tire, made by Panaracer in Japan. It looks like Bruce Gordon is doing a lot better. His booth’s pride was a carbon road bike with details for days.

The townie and commuting bike contingency was rather large this year. More and more people are ditching their cars for handlebars and Ahearne Cycles showed off a few recent builds. My favorite was the blue townie, complete with bamboo lock box and rotating child seat. It even has foot pegs. Other goodies included his Sheldon Brown flasks and shirts.

DiNucci Cycles‘ bikes included a raw road frame and a classic road bike with Curtis Odom tri-arm sport cranks. Sharing the same booth was Vendetta Cycles, who returned with their ever-so-popular Columbus MAX track bike. This bright green beast had everyone drooling. I always love seeing how people use MAX on track bikes and this bike’s custom pinstriping just takes it over the top!

See all this in the Gallery.

  • Reallybigfeet

    DiNucci and Vendetta are 2 different brands but both happen to be from Oregon. The so called Campy crank arm is actually a Curtis Odom crank and the entire thing (arms+rings) comes from the hands of Curtis-no relation to Tullio…..

    -the janitor at DiNucci Cycles

  • Eric Monasterio

    Thank you for sharing all the nice pics!!!  Thank you.

    • Ckamp

      I saw these beautiful bikes in person. Seeing them on your site is like looking at them from a different perspective. You do a great job with photography.

  • http://twitter.com/Luheren Rengifo

    I want to have them all!

  • Marty

    A carbon touring bike makes little sense…I mean, you load it with 40 lbs, and it’s not a comfy ride, unlike a steel touring bike. Also, how does a carbon bike take bearing so much weight on the stays and if the bike falls, carbon may crack. It looks nice…but I wouldn’t take it on a loaded tour.

    • Bruce Gordon

      I would not recommend Carbon for Loaded Touring either.  I built the carbon bike – It is a Road Bike, with a Titanium Handlebar and Light mount rack.
      It is the Best Road Bike I have ever ridden.
      Most of our business is TIG welded Steel touring bikes and racks.
      Regards,
      Bruce Gordon
      http://www.bgcycles.com

    • Bruce Gordon

      I would not recommend Carbon for Loaded Touring either.  I built the carbon bike – It is a Road Bike, with a Titanium Handlebar and Light mount rack.
      It is the Best Road Bike I have ever ridden.
      Most of our business is TIG welded Steel touring bikes and racks.
      Regards,
      Bruce Gordon
      http://www.bgcycles.com