Best In Show & Best Theme
Taking home the awards for Best Theme and Best In Show is no small feat, but Peacock Groove’s Erik Noren has the talent to match his creativity. Meet “Purple Reign,” a Prince tribute bike that won two awards at NAHBS to go with the People’s Choice Award it won at the Philadelphia Bike Expo last November. Filled with handmade flourishes that pay tribute to The Purple One, Noren — who’s fittingly based in Minneapolis — built the bike for Anna Schwinn, the great, great granddaughter of Ignaz Schwinn, the founder of the legendary bike company. The bike’s stunning purple paint job is highlighted by hand-polished stainless cut-outs, including four Prince symbols around each water bottle mount. Couplers make the bike easy to fold into an airline-friendly travel bag, which should come in handy given the bike’s growing popularity.
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