Handmade Bicycle Show Comes to Hartford!

The 2018 North American Handmade Bicycle Show comes to Hartford, Connecticut 16 February through 18 February. NAHBS will be right in our “backyard,” at the Connecticut Convention Center. This is the first time in its 14 year history that the event will be in New England.

The show will feature some of the preeminent bicycle frame builders and bicycle component manufacturers in the country. We are using the opportunity to kick off the Team Horst Junior Squad season and the team will tour the show. The entire weekend will have a junior cycling theme as we seek to get more kids interested in the sport.

Click here for NAHBS ticket info.

The Team Horst Junior Squad is a Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) affiliated team. CCAP is NAHBS’ charitable partner, and is hosting the Hartford Bike Party, on Saturday night at the Arch Street Tavern.

  • $10 at the door gets you free appetizers and a drink ticket!
  • $5,000 in raffle prizes from Mavic, Campagnolo, FSA, Pedros, Silca, Victus Coffee, BikeFlights, UNIOR Tools, and more!
  • Raffle tickets are $10 each. Purchase tickets in advance at NAHBS in Hartford or by messaging us on Facebook. Tickets will also be available for sale at the party. Drawings will be at the party. Ticket holders need not be present to win.
  • All proceeds from HARTFORD BIKE PARTY support the CCAP’s youth cycling programs throughout Connecticut!

Horst Engineering’s roots are in the cycling industry. Our founder, Harry Livingston (Horst Liebenstein), learned the tool and die trade at a German bicycle factory, and his efforts inspired Team Horst Sports, and our Cross Spikes™ product line.

Recently, we collaborated with frame builder Richard Sachs, to build the Seat Post Lug Survival Kit.

Click here to learn more about our project with Richard Sachs.

NAHBS promises to be a fantastic event. Come to Hartford and check it out!

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Workforce Development & Recruiting

The State of Connecticut and our industry group, the Aerospace Components Manufacturers, collaborated to host an information session on how to strengthen workforce development efforts and incumbent worker training.

The Department of Labor has several programs to help manufacturers. We have worked closely with local colleges; including Manchester Community College, Asnuntuck Community College, and Goodwin College. These schools and their peer institutions have successful and growing Advanced Manufacturing and Precision Machining/CNC Machining Programs.

  • We employ their graduates.
  • Their instructors have trained our longtime employees.
  • We have donated materials.

We are working hard to develop the next generation workforce as a foundational brick in our growth plan.

We are recruiting for several positions, including entry level and experienced roles:

See our Careers Page for a full list. Advanced Manufacturing offers great career opportunities. The pendulum has swung and technical jobs are getting the respect that they deserve.

Spread the word. Horst Engineering and many our peer companies are hiring. There are good jobs in manufacturing for motivated workers. This is good for our economy.

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Recap: 2018 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships

The 2018 USA Cyclo-Cross National Championships were a big success.  Held the 9-14 January in Reno, Nevada, it was the second year that Horst Engineering and Team Horst Sports have actively participated as an event sponsor. We displayed our Cross Spikes product line in the Race Expo and sponsored the Mechanics National Championships.

The 2017 event was in our hometown of Hartford, Connecticut, so we know how much effort goes into planning and organizing the race. The Reno event organizers and local host committee did an awesome job.

Members of Team Horst Sports competed in the Masters 40-49 Non-Championship, the Masters 45-49 Championship, the Industry Race, and the Singlespeed Championship.

Our lineup of Cross Spikes™ cyclocross toe spikes are used all over the USA, and it was great to meet customers from Alaska, Oregon, Alabama, Louisiana, Washington, California, Minnesota, Colorado, North Carolina, and elsewhere. We are well known in New England and throughout the Northeast USA, and it was good to increase our outreach in the west. We met and helped many new customers.

Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park course didn’t feature the deep mud, snow, and ice that Hartford faced in 2017, but it was still a formidable venue with unique features. There was some mud, sand, a steep rocky run-up, and a challenging off-camber hill. These were all sections where foot traction was critical.

There were more than 40 races across a variety of age groups/categories. Many of the top finishers were using Cross Spikes™.

Notably, the top three men and women in the Elite Championships, are Cross Spikes™ ambassadors. The Elite races had an additional course feature, a long and challenging run-up, that was a perfect testing ground for Cross Spikes™. The Elite races had some of the most competitive racing in national championships history.

Highlights of our sponsored riders and other notable riders who used Cross Spikes™ with success include:

  • Katie Compton, 1st Elite Women Championship
  • Stephen Hyde, 1st, Elite Men Championship
  • Ellen Noble, 2nd Elite Women Championship
  • Kaitlin Keough, 3rd, Elite Women Championship
  • Jeremy Powers, 2nd, Elite Men Championship
  • Kerry Werner, 3rd, Elite Men Championship
  • Emma White, 1st Women U23 Championship
  • Adam Myerson, 1st, Men Masters 45-49 Championship
  • Tove Shere, 1st, Women Masters 65-69 Championship
  • Magnus Sheffield, 1st, Men Junior 15-16 Championship
  • Miles Mattern, 2nd, Men Junior 11-12 Championship
  • Lori Leclair Cooke, 2nd, Women Masters 55-59 Championship
  • Lizzy Gunsalus, 4th, Women Junior 15-16 Championship
  • Greg Gunsalus, 5th, Men Junior 17-18
  • Curtis White, 5th, Elite Men Championship
  • Cody Kaiser, 11th, Elite Men Championship
  • Christopher Peck, 5th, Men Masters 45-49 Championship
  • Cassandra Maximenko, 18th, Elite Women Championship
  • Shadd Smith, 6th,  Men 45-49 Championship

Coverage of the event was fantastic. Check out these resources for highlights:

This event brought the USA cyclocross season to a close, however the international season continues with the UCI World Cup, and then the UCI World Championships at Valkenburg-Limburg in The Netherlands.

The three main Belgian series will continue following the World Championships, and then conclude in late February.

USA Cycling has moved the USA Cyclocross National Championships from January to December, so the best cyclocrossers in the country will convene again, 11-16 December in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Businessperson of the Year

Scott Livingston, Horst Engineering’s President and CEO, was honored by the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce as its 2017 Businessperson of the Year.

Livingston said, “I’m honored to be presented with this award, thank the nominating committee, and our fellow members of the Chamber.”

An award ceremony was held in conjunction with the Chamber’s 2018 Annual Meeting on 17 January at the Glastonbury Community Center.

The CRVCC was formed in 2016 when the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce merged with the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Horst Engineering has been a longtime member of the CRVCC and prior to the merger, the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Livingston served on the East Hartford Chamber board from 2002-2004.

Livingston said, “I’m honored to be presented with this award, thank the nominating committee, and our fellow members of the Chamber.”

Livingston said, “Horst Engineering is celebrating its 72nd year in business. This award is testament to the hard work of my grandfather, my parents, my uncle, and all of our colleagues. I was proud to celebrate this award with my family and members of Team Horst.”

Horst Engineering employees 105 people at its two Connecticut plant sites, and 35 employees at its Sterling Machine operation in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Click here for the Hartford Courant’s coverage.

Photo Credits: CRVCC and Peter Billard Photographer
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Cross Spikes™ at the Reno Cyclocross Nationals Expo

If you are at the 2018 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Reno, Nevada, visit us at the Race Expo.

Our bright orange and black tent is located a stone’s throw from the finish line.

  • We have a full complement of inventory.
  • Swing by and say hello and get your Cross Spikes™ while our supplies last.
  • We only brought a limited amount of inventory from Connecticut.
  • We can accept cash or credit cards. 

Tuesday’s course conditions were challenging to say the least. Steady rain, especially late in the day turned the soft clay soil into a thick and greasy muck. The course should dry out over the next few days, but the ground will remain moist. Before the rain, the uphill section was rideable, but when the course conditions deteriorated, riders were forced to run.

The off-camber section is even more challenging than advertised and many riders were planting a foot around the corners. Some ran the entire section and this is wear traction is critical. The lead rider in the 40-49 Non-Championship Race slid out and rolled his front tubular in the process.

There is a set of barriers requiring most people to dismount. The Belgian steps require most athletes to run. Most athletes are also running over the ditch.

So, there are multiple dismounts requiring traction, which are perfect for Cross Spikes™. We are recommending Medium and Long, but course conditions will change as more and more riders wear it in.

For more background on the race, check out our Reno edition of Cross Spikes™ News.

See you at the race!

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