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Portland framebuilder recognized in ‘Original Six’ campaign

Posted by on October 31st, 2008 at 1:12 am

Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A new promotional campaign launched by North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) founder Don Walker recognizes the “Original Six” group of frame builders that have exhibited every year since the show began in 2005.

Among the Original Six is Southeast Portland-based builder Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles.

The NAHBS show was a pioneering effort that helped create a category and bring awareness to handmade bicycles in America.

In a statement about the new campaign, founder Don Walker said the “Original Six” idea came to him “as a way to honor and thank the original six guys who will have been at NAHBS since day one,” and added that, “The NAHBS wouldn’t be what it is today without the support and shared vision of these fine craftsmen.”

A Vanilla on display at the
2007 NAHBS in San Jose.

White, and five other builders — including Medford-based Mike DeSalvo, the legendary Richard Sachs, and carbon pioneer Craig Calfee — first exhibited at the first NAHBS in Houston Texas in 2005. This year, the show takes place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

To promote the “Original Six”, Walker will create a collectible set of six postcards and a poster featuring the frame builders.

– For more on the fifth annual NAHBS, visit
– For more on the “Original Six” campaign, view the official press release.

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  • Case October 31, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I don’t necessarily like some things about the NAHMBS and Mr. Walker, but this is a cool idea and it’s nice to see him pay tribute to folks who made his show what it is. Nice job Mr. Walker.

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  • Icarus falling October 31, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Ditto what Case said.

    But I am very happy to see one of our own (once a messenger, always a messenger, isn’t that what Joel says?) get the recognition he deserves….

    Well, more of the recognition he deserves, as he seems to get a lot……

    Good job Sacha!

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  • sacha white November 1, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the kind words both here and via email, all.

    I’m stoked to be a part of group of such talented individuals (this group of six and the framebuilding community in general).

    Most of all, I like how WILD WEST the title is. “The Original Six” Tough right? :)



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  • Tricia Knoll November 3, 2008 at 1:14 pm


    I’d sure like to buy a couple of postcards!


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