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North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)

Welcome to BikePortland’s coverage of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. We’ve attended and reported on this show every year since 2006. Below you’ll find links to all our stories and photos.

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Builders boost business at NAHBS

Monday, March 5th, 2012
Metrofiets at NAHBS
The Metrofiets booth buzzed all weekend
(and was popular with bike shop owners).

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento delivered record attendance (8,100 people), and it turns out many of them came to do more than dream about a new bike. Some of them came to buy.

The blur of a big bike show like NAHBS is often remembered only in vignettes — short chats and interactions you see that help define the otherwise chaotic event. This was my fourth time attending the show (I was at San Jose in 2007, Portland in 2008, and Austin in 2011), and unlike those past years, I got the feeling that builders were doing far more than just talking with fans and showing off their bikes. It seemed like they were actually making sales. (more…)

More from NAHBS: Hunter’s mountain trekker, MAP’s old/new rando, and the ‘Alcohauler’

Monday, March 5th, 2012
There were no female builders was only one female builder at NAHBS, but there was plenty of ‘girl bike love’ on this rig from Mosaic.

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Meet Shinya Tanaka; America’s handmade bike ambassador to Japan

Monday, March 5th, 2012
Shinya Tanaka is helping stoke Japanese enthusiasm for American-made bikes.

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More NAHBS goodness: Pereira, Bishop, Gallus, Metrofiets, Sycip, and Naked

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
As this young scraper bike aficionado illustrates, the scene outside the NAHBS showroom was full of bike love and handmade pride.

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From the aisles of NAHBS: A hub that inflates your tire

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
The Pump-Hub by Kevin Manning.

The bike industry is full of people with big passions and big ideas. Often at industry shows like NAHBS, these garage innovators don’t have the money to buy official exhibit space. Instead, they’ll tuck their new product into a backpack and carry it through the aisles, eager to show it to anyone who takes the time to stop and listen.

On Friday, a friend tracked me down and introduced me to Kevin Manning, inventor of the Pump-Hub. I stopped and listened and here’s what I found out… (more…)

Portland builders take home four awards at NAHBS (so far)

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Portland builder Dave Levy of Ti Cycles Fabrication won third prize in the Gates Carbon Drive competition for his custom randonneur.

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NAHBS Tech: Chris Igleheart’s top cap lightswitch

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Igleheart has built a clean and easy-to-access light switch into the top cap.

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Massive crowds at NAHBS

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Crowds pack into the Sacramento Convention Center for a glimpse at the best handmade bikes in America.

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NAHBS Spotlight: A closer look at Paul Brodie’s 1888 Whippet Replica

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Tucked away in the corner of the Sacramento Convention Center in a nondescript booth hosted by a Canadian university is a bike that looks like it may have come from another century.  (more…)

Headed to Sacramento for North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Vanilla's kids bike-12
A scene from NAHBS in
Austin last year.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tomorrow morning I’ll hop in a car with a friend and drive 600 or so miles to Sacramento for the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. NAHBS is the annual showcase of America’s budding handmade bike industry. I’m going down to document and support the 18 or so Oregon companies that will exhibit and to get a sense of where handmade bike making is headed.
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