NAHBS 2012

Builders boost business at NAHBS

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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.[Read more…]

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

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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

Avatar by on March 5th, 2012 at 1:25 am

Shinya Tanaka is helping stoke Japanese enthusiasm for American-made bikes.

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NAHBS announces overall awards and attendance record

Avatar by on March 4th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Shin-Ichi Konno of Cherubim won Best in Show and President’s Choice Awards.
(Photos and story by Ryan King)

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

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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

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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…[Read more…]

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

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2012 at 7:54 pm

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

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Igleheart has built a clean and easy-to-access light switch into the top cap.

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Massive crowds at NAHBS

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Crowds pack into the Sacramento Convention Center for a glimpse at the best handmade bikes in America.

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NAHBS: David Wages’ ‘modern rando bike’

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