NAHBS News: NAHBS Awards Overhauled, Advisory Board Formed, Another Record Year!


NAHBS Advisory Board Formed

A group representing several of the different types of exhibitor at NAHBS has been put together by NAHBS founder/president Don Walker.

The group comprises: Craig Calfee, Calfee Design; Don Ferris, Anvil Bikeworks; Tim O’Donnell, Shamrock Cycles; Paul Price, Paul Comp; Carl Strong, Strong Frames; Richard Sachs, Richard Sachs Cycles; Gary Smith, Independent Fabrications.

The group is appointed annually by Don Walker and its purpose is to discuss and advise on a range of features of NAHBS.

NAHBS Awards Get Major Overhaul

The handmade bicycle industry has evolved a lot since 2005, and NAHBS has evolved a lot too, and we thought it high time the NAHBS awards did the same.  The matter was put before the new NAHBS advisory board, which gave detailed consideration to the structure and judging. After all our discussions we ended up with a plan that looks something like this.

Builders will announce their intended entry to the NAHBS awards 45 days before the show, giving information about the frame/bicycle as well as the category they intend to enter. They don’t need to have completed the project by then, but they need to have it planned. NAHBS will publicly announce the candidates 30 days prior to the show.

Judging will be completed by late Saturday morning, with results posted by 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The results posting will comprise a list of bicycles/frames that deserve special merit. Up to three frames/bicycles in each category can be given a special merit award, but it might go to only one.

Awards placards will be distributed to the booth of each successful builder at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and will be displayed next to the winning bike for the remainder of NAHBS. The stage ceremony will be limited to President’s Choice, People’s Choice, Best New Builder, and Best of Show awards. In these categories only one builder can win.

Thanks to the NAHBS Advisory Board and in particular Tim O’Donnell of Shamrock Cycles, and Richard Sachs, for driving the lengthy and detailed discussion that led to the revised awards format.

The 2012 NAHBS Awards Categories are as follows:

Materials Division

  • Best steel construction
  • Best of Show trophy
  • Best titanium construction
  • Best carbon construction
  • Best alternative material
    (bamboo, aluminum, wood)

Riding Discipline Division

  • Best city bike
  • Best road bike
  • Best mountain bike
  • Best cyclocross bike
  • Best track bike
  • Best tandem bike
  • Best experimental bike

Construction Division

  • Best lugged frame
  • Best fillet frame
  • Best TIG frame

Presentation Division

  • Best finish

Individual Awards

  • People’s choice
  • President’s choice
  • Best new builder
  • Best of show

Another Record Year in the Works

It looks like the Sacramento show could be setting up to surpass the records set in Austin. By the end of June this year, 82 exhibitors had signed up compared with 60 at the same point in 2010 (then a record), and 113 of 211 booth spaces have sold.

Exhibitor services director, Lesley Schommer, says “With the current trend and the Sacramento location, it’s possible the show could sell out as early as Thanksgiving.”

The show’s founder and director, Don Walker, says, “If NAHBS is on a roll it’s because the handmade bicycle industry is on a roll. No doubt more consumers at the high end are realizing that supporting local artisans and manufacturers, and having a tailored fit and look, are worth more than a cookie cutter product for the same or more money.”

From the Blogs

One of Craig Calfee’s bamboo bikes got picked up in a Ralph Lauren Magazine article … Don Walker’s sponsored team, Rio Blanco Racing, has just signed ‘cross impressario Gian Dalle Angelini … Naked had some nice features in Road Bike Action and Bicycle TimesIra Ryan is selling off some over-sized T-shirts for $10 each … Bailey Works has moved to a Main Street location in Newmarket, NH … UBI got Paragon Machine Works to make them some 30th Anniversary bottle openers, on sale while stocks last … Steve Rex has joined with some others to start the Create In Cal Cycling Club … Eric Estlund at Winter Bicycles purchased a vast new lathe earlier this year and now has a new workshop that will fit it … Richard Sachs is selling what could be the most luxurious bar wrap everCarl Strong is getting ready to release some frames at great prices … Going, Going, Bike is opening an official second-hand market for used Bromptons … And according to Black Cat Bicycles, there’s a huge demand for 29ers in Japan these days.


The world’s number one custom bicycle show, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. In 2012 it is scheduled for March 2-4, in Sacramento, California. NAHBS showcases the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point – both online and in person- for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to 174 exhibitors and 7300 attendees (2011).

Source: NAHBS

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