Splendid Cycles Big Sale

Local builders prep for Handmade Bicycle Show

Posted by on February 22nd, 2007 at 6:52 am

Framebuilder's party

[Don Walker, the man behind
the show (and the shirt).]

Next weekend (March 2-4) in San Jose the world’s best bicycle craftsmen will come together at the third annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Portland will have a strong presence at the show this year with five exhibitors making the trip.

Headset and hub manufacturer Chris King Components, along with custom bike builders Ira Ryan, Tony Pereira, Joseph Ahearne and Sacha White will join an international list of exhibitors in showing off their latest and greatest creations.

For the builders, this show is a very big deal. There’s always a lot of publicity and buzz generated and there’s an expectation that they show off brand new, spectacular bikes.

[Pereira Cycles is one of four local builders who will
attend the Handmade Bicycle Show March 2-4 in San Jose, CA.]

Since the builders are either solo or 2-3 man operations with growing demands on their businesses, that means this is both a stressful and exciting time of year as they hustle to get all their bikes made, painted and built in time for the show.

Over the next week, I’ll share brief interviews with each of them and give you some sneak peeks at their creations for the show.

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Have fun at the show. And thank you for following your dreams in creating beautiful pieces of functional bike art. Eventually I will have to put my name on a list to get one of those coveted bikes.

Cheers, Janis


Don’t forget that you can bid on an IRA RYAN frame and fork set at the BTA’s 2007 Alice Awards Live Auction, March 10th. See you there!

Props to Ira, Sacha, Tony and Joseph. Keep up the good work and Good Luck.