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Builders Prep, Parties Set for National Bike Show Coming to Portland

Posted by on January 18th, 2008 at 12:39 pm


Inside last year’s NAHBS
in San Jose, CA.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Bike industry bigwigs, exhibitors from all over the world (including 11 from Portland), after-parties, loads of media outlets, hordes of custom bike fans, and some of the most beautiful two-wheeled creations ever seen are coming to the Oregon Convention Center February 8-10th.

It’s the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and all signs point to an event that is sure to leave an indelible impression on our city.

Local builders are scurrying around, putting the finishing touches on their show bikes and plans have been hatched for a variety of after parties and even a debut art exhibit created just for the show.

Hardwood bike frames from Renovo
(Photo: Renovo Bikes)

So far, nearly 200 exhibitors have signed up. Among them is an impressive list of homegrown Portland talent that includes several names from new builders you’ve likely never heard of.

Take Renovo Hardwood Bicycles for instance. This company, based in Southeast Portland, makes hollow, monocoque frames out of fine hardwoods. Or how about Courage Bicycle Manufacturing? They’re another new local builder that just came on my radar last week. And then there’s Signal Cycles, the North Portland-based framebuilding business started by art school alums Matt Cardinal and Nathan Meschke.

In addition, seven other Portland builders (and one manufacturer) will represent. They are,

A sneak peek at what
Tony Pereira will show.
(Photo: Pereira Cycles)
  • Chris King Precision Components
  • Ahearne Cycles
  • Ira Ryan Cycles
  • Terra Nova Cycles/Strawberry
  • Pereira Cycles
  • Vertigo Cycles
  • Sweetpea Bicycles
  • Hufnagel Cycles
  • The Vanilla Workshop

Yes folks, Portland’s bike industry is alive and vibrant as ever (on that note, check out this Marketplace story that aired last night on NPR).

The show will be amazing, but much of the action will happen far outside the Convention Center walls, the folks at Wieden and Kennedy, a global ad agency based in Northwest Portland, will make sure of it.

Unlike some shows, where attendees rarely stray from the beaten convention-center-hotel path, a few creative and ambitious people from W+K got together to create an art exhibit that will showcase a rich side of Portland’s bike culture; teams.

A photo of Team Beer from
the Teams of Portland exhibit.
(Photo: Team Beer)

Teams of Portland showcases nine local teams, their uniforms, the people behind them, and the places they ride and like to hang out. A website has been created that features photos and videos and W+K will host an opening night party. (See the W+K blog for more info).

Matt Bracken, from legendary custom bike company Independent Fabrications, called this morning with news that IF will team up with Veloce Bicycles (3202 SE Hawthorne) for an after-show party on Thursday night (2/7).

Then, on Saturday night (2/9), local bike industry sales rep Michael Kloeppel will host a party at Plan B (SE 8th and Main). The party will feature a prize raffle with all ticket proceeds benefiting (have a pint, win some stuff, and support this site!).

For more information about the show, including the schedule of seminars and a full list of exhibitors, see the official website.

Also, stay tuned to for all the insider show news, photo galleries, builder profiles and more.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show
February 8-10 (*Note: Friday the 8th is open to industry members only)
Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Jr Blvd)
Admission: $15 pre-sale online or $18 at the door. Multi-day passes and other ticket information here.

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I am soooo ready. Keep in mind that (according to website) Friday Feb. 8 is NOT open to the general public, just press and \”industry.\” Dang – I was going to play hooky and avoid the Saturday crowds. All the peripheral stuff panned is making me more stoked. Not technically connected, but don\’t forget \”Worst Day\” ride is also that weekend.


Yeah, it\’s a bummer Friday isn\’t available to the general public. I leave for vacation on Saturday morning, so I was counting on Friday for a look….

Should be a good show….


Me, too. I will be gone that weekend so was totally stoked to go on Friday. I think that\’s crap keeping the gp out on Friday.
W+K? Neat idea, didn\’t get all the local teams in PDX. Mine was left out.

peder horner

I was at Tony Pereria\’s shop the other day, and that bike is going to be quite amazing. I can\’t wait to see it with the paint. He really does great work.

peder horner

Typo- Pereira. Sorry Tony!


Anyone know if there will be secure bike parking nearby?


I hope so, since my bike is my car…


I saw on the website they have a volunteer page and one of the job was parking for bikes, check that out, they might offer free entry for volunteers.


woo! February 10th is my b-day!


Are they going to be selling gear/bikes at this show?

Tankagnolo Bob
Tankagnolo Bob

Will any of Portlands \”counter culture\” homebrew bikes be there, ie fun home made stuff from shift, or will it all be high end. We need an area, even in a parking lot if nothing else, for the high bikes, the chopper bikes, the PORTLAND ONLY, grass roots rides that we show off every year at local events.

Gotta have the motorhome bikd guy there, his IS high end and a total work of art. Lets find him and find him a spot – The Bob


i\’m going to ride my homebrew folder bike there, and leave it in whatever designated parking area they set up. Some of the bikes parked at the show could be as interesting (maybe not as pretty) as the ones inside. I can guarantee that there is no bike you will see in the show that is anything like mine. So before you go into the show, check out the bike parking area!


like the hells angels of yore, i expect zoobomb security to be on hand to provide some tiny entertainment… that is if we can get doorprize outta the pokey!

FREE DOORPRIZE! (A political prisoner whose only crime was keeping the streets safer)