2016 NAHBS: Riding with Nelly

a few words from Mr. Vails before heading out

That is Nelly, as in Nelson Vails. One of the cool things about NAHBS are the extracurricular activities that take place. There have been rides each day of the event, and while I would have liked to take advantage of the mtb ride on Saturday, there was too much to see on the showroom floor, and not enough time in the day. Sunday morning however was another matter - a quick breakfast and an early ride, and still some time to get into the show for some final tasks.

The route selected [?] and led by local shop Mike's Bikes took us through downtown and into the Sacramento hinterlands on the other side (west) of the river. Cool to be able to say I rode with an Olympic athlete, and also cool to ride with one of the makers - Greg White of Magic Cycle Werks (more on his creations later). Wow, what a range of bikes; it might be the nature of the event, but there were so many different bike types - everything from a Brompton to carbon-fiber fillies, an aluminum Cunningham, my own Ibis Hakkalugi, and Greg White's raw, and unfinished, personal ride.

Could not ask for a better start to the day.

Heading toward the golden bridge over the Sacramento River. Some people using the green bike lane, not big enough for all of us though.

Nelson Vails

Over the bridge and into the country

Back in the city with Nelson and Greg - Thanks for getting me back guys (and only one wrong turn).

Stay tuned. There will be a ton of posts about bikes and makers coming at you over the next couple weeks.

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