Scenes From The 5th Annual Texas Custom Bike Show.
Over the weekend, serious cycling enthusiasts rode into Deep Ellum to check out the 5th Annual Texas Custom Bike Show at Club Dada.
For two days, dedicated builders showcased some of their finest road, mountain, city and track handcrafted bicycles. And, really, when we say handcrafted, we mean from the bottom up — spokes to handles.
In other words? These bikes were customized to perfection.
More impressive? Some of these bikes had been built in just under 24 hours. Phantasm Cycle Works was showing off a beautiful all black (read: murdered out) racing bike that had been completed (spokes to head plate) just before 4 a.m. on Saturday morning. Southwest Frameworks had a city bike built from scratch and finished just in time for the show — hand painting and all.
Seeing the finished rides and knowing how much work was put into them in such a time crunch brought forth a great feeling of respect for the artists.
The cyclist visitors, meanwhile, were easy to spot, sharing knowledge with the exhibitors. But, for those who came to learn, the exhibitors were also more than willing to share about their craft.
With vendors being sociable and visitors unafraid to ask questions, the event seemed to go over smoothly. Information was accessible and the custom work was impeccable — even to the eye of a novice rider.
An added bonus? The bicycle cart outside of Club Dada, run by Brett Pitts, that served coffee. People seemed both surprised and pleased to have Pitts' traveling barista-bicycle combination in addition to the show.