Custom bike builders active in slow economy
Summary: NAHBS looks poised for the second largest exhibitor turnout in the show’s history as builders from around the USA and abroad sign up for the Richmond, Va. show.
INDIANAPOLIS – The world’s number one custom bicycles show, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), looks set to surpass 2009 exhibitor attendance against an economic backdrop in which mass market cycling industry sales are tending to be down by 10-20%. 109 exhibitors had signed up for the Richmond, Virginia, show by 1/13/2010, and with several late entries expected, the final figure is expected to top 120, while there were 113 at Indianapolis last year.
The high water mark for exhibitors was 154 at Portland, Oregon, in 2008. Anything in excess of 113 exhibitors would be the second largest turnout in the show’s history.
According to NAHBS founder and director, Don Walker, “The overall picture says a few things. First, it’s not all doom and gloom for the handmade industry, our sector of the market is alive and well. Sure, it’s not an easy economy overall, but a lot of the builders now know that active promotion in a down economy is the strongest sign that their business is solid and here to stay. Which brings me to the third point: NAHBS is THE place to be. It continues to be the show where our exhibitors know they will get the most media exposure in the highest-profile publications, and the greatest number of consumer interactions that lead to sales.”
Visits to the NAHBS website are showing healthy pre-show signs, with January figures about 100% up over December 2009. Web site visitors from 69 countries have checked to see the lineup of builders exhibiting. Average visit duration is an impressive five minutes with seven page views.
Nine countries are represented at this international show, including: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, United kingdom, and of course USA.
“With the international builders comes international media coverage, and so goes the profile of the show,” said Don Walker. He added, “With 45 days remaining until the doors open to the greatest show of handmade bicycles on planet Earth, one thing is for certain: Richmond, Virginia will be rockin’ and rollin’ with the best bikes anywhere.
As noted in an earlier press release, new builders will be offered a table at this year’s NAHBS. Of the 15 tables offered to new builders, seven remain available. Interested builders should contact Don Walker email@example.com to apply.
Tickets to the show may be purchased online at www.handmadebicycleshow.com and cost $15 in advance, compared to $20 at the door. multi-day tickets carry even greater savings. And $12 tickets are available to groups of 40 and up. Tickets to the renowned NAHBS seminars – the greatest information exchange anywhere about custom bicycle building – cost $150 and include a three-day pass to the show and a NAHBS T-shirt. A separate Business of Framebuilding seminar costs $85 and covers all the Do’s and Don’ts for new and established builders.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. It is scheduled for February 26 -28, 2010, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The show is dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point-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 150 exhibitors and 7200 attendees. For more information, see www.handmadebicycleshow.com.
Upper: Indianapolis, 2009. Credit Alan E. Hill
Lower: Elegant lines by Italian builder, Tiziano Zullo. Credit Brad Quartuccio/Urbanvelo.com
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