Saturday, February 23, 2013
View the full list of Saturday's North American Handmade Bicycle Show award winners here.
Steamboat Springs Kent Eriksen Cycles won an award for the fifth year in a row at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on Saturday in Denver, earning accolades in the Best Titanium Construction category.
The Steamboat-based company entered a road bike in the category this year that epitomizes the core of Kent Eriksen, according to Eriksen’s wife, Katie Lindquist, who was speaking from the busy trade show floor.
“When you work with titanium, it’s a very difficult welding process,” she said. “To construct the bike so that it comes out looking beautiful, every step has to be perfect. This bike was so perfect, we decided not to finish it. The tubes are all in a raw form … the welds were not touched up. It has all the original color that’s normal with welding.”
According to Eriksen’s entry on the trade show website, the frame weighs 2.8 pounds.
“This is a great award for us,” Lindquist said. “It’s what we do; we make titanium bikes.”
Eriksen this year shared that award with another Colorado company called Black Sheep Bikes, of Fort Collins.
Eriksen and Moots, a second Steamboat-based handmade cycle company that Eriksen founded, entered bikes in the Best Mountain Bike category, which was won by California-based Retrotec-Inglis Cycles.
Moots also entered its trail maintenance specialty bike in the Best Theme Bike category, the winner of which will be announced Sunday.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com