There is, at least for me, something about lugged frames that evokes all of the classical beauty of the bicycle as art. I don’t mean to diminish from the absolute skill and craftsmanship that goes into non-lugged frames. But every time I see carefully accentuated lugs on a handmade bicycle, it just seems to underscore the attention to detail that is the very embodiment of “handmade.”
This year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show didn’t disappoint in the area of beautifully detailed lugged frames.
Claudio Bellon, of Bellon Handmade Bicycles, started my NAHBS off on the right foot with his beautiful display.
Métier Vélo was on hand to remind us that not all that is lugged is steel, with their “3D-printed titanium lugs to join carbon-fiber tubes into light, strong, tough, repairable, and beautiful performance frames.”
Oh… and in case you forgot. Carbon is lugged. too. Thanks for remind us Calfee.
And further demonstrating his mastery of the lug, Steve Rex can not only fillet but finish with paint.
And last but not least, Formigli showed us the Italian influence with their slight, yet detailed, lugged frame.