The 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show provides plenty of eye candy for lovers of beautiful bicycles, from the casual enthusiast to the Keepers of The Flame who have been plying their craft for many years. Yet it’s these builders, who are the real focus of the Show, who will feel the pressure until the moment the Awards are announced. Renold Yip, of YiPsan Bicycles, is used to the routine, he won both the Best City Bike and the People’s Choice Awards in 2010.
This is one of two bikes that Renold revealed to the world via his flickr yesterday, a sleek café racer that’s a nostalgic hat-tip to the bike he rode in his early years. Renold is based in Fort Collins, Colorado, which, he tells us, has a vastly greater bicycle culture than his home town of Hong Kong. For the past ten years he has been honing his skills and is now receiving the recognition he deserves.