The 2011 Edition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is shaping up to fulfill expectations and be a record setting year.
INDIANAPOLIS—The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is preparing for a record-breaking year, with exhibitor figures looking set to surpass the mark of 150 set in Portland, Oregon, in 2008.
Ten weeks remain until the seventh edition of the world’s number one annual handmade bicycle convention, scheduled for February 25-27 in Austin, Texas and exhibitor applications continue to stream in.
As of December 15, 2010, 136 exhibitors had signed up for the show, with several enquiries still pending and an expected total of 160. The greatest number of exhibitors at any NAHBS to date was 150 at Portland, Oregon, in 2008. The 2010 figure, in Richmond, Virginia, was 126.
The show’s founder and director, Don Walker, said, "I am confident that this year will be the biggest and best-attended NAHBS yet. I think it shows not only the draw of a great location like Austin, but also the vibrant state of the handmade bicycle industry. It’s really very exciting. I get to return to my adopted home state of Texas and frankly, I'm all fired up and can’t wait for February!"
At December 15th, only 32 10x10 spaces remain for sale.
What exhibitors and locals are saying:
Local Austin builder, and NAHBS Orginal Six member (hotlink), Nick Crumpton:
"Wow! The buzz around Austin is intense. People are genuinely excited here. Actually, I'd venture to say the excitement is state wide. I've been to all six previous NAHBS, starting just down the road in Houston, and I am continually amazed at the progress and development. It's really cool to be a resident in the '11 host city for what is to be the best yet. For me, its added incentive."
Veteran NAHBS exhibitor, Jeremy Sycip, of Sycip Cycles, Santa Rosa, California:
"Austin sounds like a great city where people appreciate the outdoors, especially for cycling. In that way I believe the region is similar to Northern California, so I go there with good expectations. I expect a great show as far as attendance, especially since it should be warmer than the last couple shows. NAHBS has also come a long way in promoting the show and always choosing the right location with some rich cycling culture. I am looking forward to a big year for NAHBS!"
Ben Serotta of Serotta, Saratoga Springs, New York:
"People who know me know that there’s nothing I like less than spending time and resources on shows. I’d far rather be designing, building or riding bikes than talking about designing, building or riding bikes. So I have always compiled my list of reasons why not to go to a show before listing the reasons why to go. Well, hats off to Don and the NAHBS team….the truth is, it doesn’t make sense for Serotta to not be at NAHBS. For 39 years we have been exclusively North American and Hand Built….and we’ll continue to be."
Tom Rodi of Beverly, Mass., based Parlee Cycles:
"PARLEE is really excited to be returning to NAHBS for 2011. We had great experiences at San Jose, Indy and Portland and are really glad to be visiting Texas with our full range for the first time. NAHBS is really one of the most important shows on the calender now, both with retailers and consumers. It would not surprise us if NAHBS Austin is the best attended NAHBS yet."
Austin’s major bike stores stand firmly behind the show and have provided much support and assistance already.
Craig Staley of Mellow Johnny’s:
"Mellow Johnny’s is very excited to see the Handmade Show coming to Austin in February. The show has become one of the most important events in the national calendar, and has everyone from fixie kids to CEO’s of major bike companies looking at it to see what is next. Everyone we talk to in the industry is buzzing about the Austin show, we have no doubts that it will be the biggest show to date."
Hill Abell of the Bicycle Sport Shop:
"Austin is the ideal location for the NAHBS because it has everything a discerning cyclist looks for in a get-away city: warm, sunny weather (most of the time), great food, abundant local craft beer, it's the music capital of the world with an act to please most any musical taste, and loads of cycling aficionados piloting the streets and trails of Austin. The builders attending NAHBS are sure to find legions of bike lovers looking for the ultimate upgrade, a hand-built frame, and when people see the wealth of different frames available at the show many of them will soon be the proud owners of their own hand-built bicycle."
The world's number one custom bicycle show, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. In 2011 it is scheduled for February 25-27, in Austin, Texas. The show is dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point--both online and in person--for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to 150 exhibitors and 7200 attendees (2008). For more information, see www.handmadebicycleshow.com.