NAHBS 2008

Welcome to’s special coverage of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS).

This coverage is sponsored by Reynolds Cycle Technology (thanks guys!).

Read the latest news and enjoy photos from the show in the stories below.

[Click here for a schedule of local events planned before and after the show.]

NAHBS open thread: Your thoughts about the show

Posted on February 9th, 2008 at 11:37 am.

Thick crowds this morning.
(Photo © J. Maus)

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Portland builders shine at NAHBS

Posted on February 8th, 2008 at 7:37 pm.


Tony Pereira.
(Photos © J. Maus)

As you may have noticed, this first day at the North American Handmade Bike Show (NABHS) I’m focusing solely on Portland builders. Yes, I realize there is a lot of amazing stuff here from other builders, but I’ve got two more days for that.

I’m proud of our local builders.

Over the past three years, I’ve watched their businesses mature and several of them have grown into a force on the national framebuilding scene. And, as new builders spring up, I’m sure they’ll find their place and succeed.[Read more…]

A visit from a guy named Lance

Posted on February 8th, 2008 at 6:51 pm.

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Lance Armstrong with NAHBS
founder Don Walker.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Just as I was leaving the opening day of the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS), none other than Lance Armstrong showed up.

He and few friends ambled in to gaze at the world’s most beautiful bicycles just as most folks had filed out for the night.

Rumor has it that a select group of locals will join Lance for a ride tomorrow morning. The crew that is invited to join him is likely some of same folks that are a part of the Teams of Portland exhibit that opened at Wieden + Kennedy last night.[Read more…]

A special Vanilla for a special girl

Posted on February 8th, 2008 at 4:49 pm.


Sacha White built this mixte as a
birthday gift for his 8 year-old daughter.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Everyone in the handmade bike industry must wonder where framebuilding phenom Sacha White gets the inspiration for his always impressive bicycles.

Judging from his famous tricycle that won Best of Show at the 2006 NAHBS (and is currently in a museum exhibit in San Francisco), and the poster he unveiled last year, my guess is that the answer lies very close to home — his two young daugthers Cybelle and Delilah.[Read more…]

Opening day at the NAHBS

Posted on February 8th, 2008 at 12:29 pm.


It’s opening day for industry members and the media at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). I’ve spent the morning roaming the aisles of the Oregon Convention Center, shaking lots of hands, meeting up with old acquaintances, and of course taking lots of photos.[Read more…]

Wieden + Kennedy toasts the Teams of Portland

Posted on February 8th, 2008 at 1:10 am.

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Team Gentle Lovers had their hot pink
Vanilla Speedvagen on display.
View slideshow below.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A diverse slice of Portland’s bike culture was on display tonight as ad firm Wieden+Kennedy hosted an opening night party for their Teams of Portland exhibit.

Teams of Portland is a multimedia exhibit that features the bikes, the clothing, and the personalities of some of Portland’s most colorful riding clubs.[Read more…]

NAHBS preview: Introducing Renovo Hardwood Bicycles

Posted on February 7th, 2008 at 5:51 pm.

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Ken Wheeler sets up a frame in his shop in Southeast Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Ken Wheeler is teaching an old material new tricks — and in the process, he’s doing something that is literally on the cutting edge of framebuilding.

Wheeler, under the name Renovo Hardwood Bicycles, is producing hollow, monocoque bicycle frames out of exotic hardwoods using a CNC machining process (CNC on Wikipedia).
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NAHBS will have indoor bike parking

Posted on February 7th, 2008 at 2:43 pm.

This just in…

NAHBS is pleased to announce free indoor bike parking on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February.

Access to the bike parking is from Lloyd St, on the south side of the Oregon Convention Center. Look for the Bike Parking signs.

Arranged by Portland business consultant Bob Mandelson, the parking area has capacity for 500 bicycles and is constantly attended.

The show itself is in Hall C of the convention center.

NAHBS preview: Introducing Signal Cycles

Posted on February 7th, 2008 at 2:32 pm.

The work of Nate Meschke and Matt Cardinal.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

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Let the frames begin…

Posted on February 7th, 2008 at 1:16 pm.

(Sorry for that headline, I couldn’t resist.)

You may think the North American Handmade Bicycle Show starts this weekend, but the action has already begun.

Today is move-in day at the Oregon Convention Center and this afternoon the partying begins.

Here’s a quick recap of what’s on tap tonight.[Read more…]