NAHBS HQ Relocates to Louisville, KY

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NAHBS HQ relocates to Louisville

After four years in Speedway, Indiana, NAHBS HQ is uprooting and moving to the mid-western cycling hub of Louisville, Kentucky, the venue for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships, and also home to many enthusiastic handmade bicycle fans.

Don Walker, the founder and president of NAHBS said, “I will sorely miss my friends here in Speedway, but I have to be frank: Louisville has been on my mind since the NAHBS show in Indy, back in 2009. I heard then that entire bike stores were shutting down in Louisville so their staff could travel to attend NAHBS. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that culture? So far I have felt an outpouring of generosity and many people there are very receptive to our move. It is truly heart warming.”

The NAHBS office will be closed until November 1st, while Lesley and Don are getting set up.

The new mailing address is: PO Box 158, Buckner, Kentucky, 40010.

Of course none of this affects the venue of NAHBS 2012, which is Sacramento, California.

Sacramento’s Fall tweed ride

Bike activist and regional NAHBS liaison Rick Houston is organizing his Fall Tweed Ride for Sacramento cyclists (out-of-towners welcome too), on Sunday, November 13.

The meeting place is Rick Mahan’s OneSpeed restaurant on Folsom Boulevard at 9 a.m. for the optional breakfast; at 10:30 the group assembles at East Portal Park for coffee and additional festivities; then at the very civilized hour of 11:30 the group rolls out on its ride.

With a couple of stops planned along the way, and a distinctly leisurely pace, the day is expected to end around 5 p.m. at a special venue that houses bikes both old and new as well as a selection of the latest from Brooks.

This year’s Fall Tweed Ride tips its cap to local artist Gioia Fonda and her Pink Week movement, and thus cyclists are invited to think pink when dressing for the event (and other rides too). Yes, men can wear pink, and it doesn’t mean anything more than they’re wearing pink. This we know. More info:http://sactotweed.blogspot.com/

Online Ticket Purchase Update

For bargain hunters and all those of you who would rather not spend many lengthy minutes waiting in line on show day, we will soon be opening online advance registration. Not only does online ticket purchase make your entry to the show a lot faster, but also it costs about 10% less. We will send out a special newsletter when online registration opens for the 2012 show.

NAHBS welcomes Gates Carbon Drive for 2012 and beyond!

Gates Carbon Drive, the leading belt drive transmission system for bicyles, has commenced a three-year sponsorship of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

The Denver, Colorado, company will run a belt drive bike design contest at NAHBS, and in 2012 will award $8,750 in cash and prizes to qualified independent frame builders who create the most innovative bicycles with the Gates Carbon Drive system. These bikes will be on display at the Sacramento show, which is where the judging and awards ceremony will take place.

We will keep you posted with updates about who is entering the contest. Contest information.

Visit The California State Railroad Museum

One of the gems among California’s museums, this is widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum. The complex of historic facilities, located in Old Sacramento, houses a vast collection of railroad relics, including around 40 old locomotives. Definitely worth a look while you’re in town. csrmf.org

Single Speed Cyclo-Cross World Championships, 18-20 November

Single speed cyclo-cross is for those looking for the kind of connection with the terrain that only a solo gear can provide. It’s also for seriously fast cyclists who have developed finely honed skills in reading, anticipating, and riding terrain changes without the aid of gear shifts. This year’s world championships take place in San Francisco’s storied Golden Gate Park, and will no doubt create another memorable episode in cycling’s saga at this famous venue, which has hosted bike races since the days of the Ordinary. If you don’t have an entry into the sold-out event Men’s Championship event, consider entering one of the Open class races, which allow geared bikes as well as single-speed. Or you could just show up to sink a few Pabst Blue Ribbons (event sponsor) and watch some crazy fun bike racing. We hear a lot of belt drive bikes will be raced there. ssxcwx2011.org

From the blogs

Here is a random sampling of what NAHBS exhibitors are saying on their blogs at present: Aaron Dykstra of Six Eleven Bicycles got his bike hung in the window ofFreemans Sporting Club, a clothing retailer that “pays tribute to the vanishing art of American handmade goods”… The Soulcraft blog contains an amusing account of the apparently common practice of using cooking oil to lube bike chains in Belize … Steve Potts has a story about a high, if not the ultimate accolade … Carl Strong has started documenting each frame build … There’s a neat account of the 2012 HPV worlds at the Bicycle Forest blog – including mention of the world’s fastest frame builder Sam Whittingham … There are some clothing bargains in the Twin Six trunk …. UBI Portland now has approval as a Veteran’s training institution … Watch wooden rims being made at the Wheel Fanatyk blog …White Industries has a new 130 spaced disc hub especially for ‘cross bikes …. Get inside the mind of Erik Estlund as he documents stem build and repair jobs … and learn about the YipSan process through his frame build documentary on Flickr

Source: Paul Skilbeck

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