Smiles all around in final day of show, which might be remembered as Year of the Tandems
RICHMOND, Virginia – The sixth annual edition of the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show concluded on Sunday afternoon, 28th February. A highly successful show, with an unprecedented three tandems receiving honors at the show awards, this might be recalled as ‘year of the tandems.’
An estimated 1600 attendees visited the show on Sunday, bringing the total for the three days to approximately 6800. The Shimano Bike of the Day went to the Vanilla Workshop, the Blue Moon Happy Hour provided a festive way to kick off the NAHBS Awards…. and Austin, Texas, was announced as the venue for the 2011 show.
Show founder and president, Don Walker said, “I am thrilled by the way the show has gone this year. It has been an all-round tremendous experience working with the people here in Richmond, and the enthusiasm for the show has been really great. Our attendance numbers were hit by the mid-week snow storms last week, and without those we’d have been even higher. But I’m hearing reports of a lot of orders being taken and business has been brisk, so once again we have shown that we provide an unparalleled opportunity for our exhibitors to meet their market. Looking ahead, I am excited to be going to Austin in 2011, and we are already advancing on 2012 and 2013 venues. This show has built a lot of momentum and I can only see it gaining more.”
The 2010 NAHBS Award winners are:
Bilenky Cycle Works – Best Road Frame
Richard Sachs – Best Track Frame
Crumpton Cycles – Best Carbon Fiber
Kent Eriksen Cycles – Best Titanium
Kirk Frameworks – Best Fillet Brazing
YiPsan Bicycles – Best City Bike
Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. – Rookie of the Year
Engin Cycles – Best Off-Road
Calfee Design – Best Tandem
Spectrum Tandem – Best Steel Frame
Dinucci Cycles – Best Lugged Frame
DeSalvo Cycles – Best TIG welded Frame
Llewellyn Custom Bicycles – Best Paint
Ellis Cycles – Best of Show
Cherubim by Konno – President’s Choice
YiPsan Bicycles – Peoples Choice
Shimano NAHBS Day Two Draws Good Crowds
Summary: Day Two of the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show drew 3600 people, and the exhibitors enjoyed another day with well-informed attendees. Industry insiders reported healthy sales trends. The Shimano Bike of the Day was awarded to Sycip, and the Blue Moon Happy Hour was another big hit with its complimentary beer sampling
RICHMOND, Virginia–Day Two at the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show saw a show hall filled with 3600 people, and local enthusiasm running high in Richmond, Virginia, February 27th.
Show director, Don Walker said, “Based on pre-show ticket sales we were a little concerned about overcrowding today, but the attendees spread well through the day, and thankfully we didn’t face that problem. I’m optimistic about having another strong day tomorrow.” For many of the builders, this is unfolding as a very good show.
Dan Polito, a relative newcomer to frame building, and winner of the Best of Show award in 2009 said, “This year there is much stronger awareness of my brand, I’m sure it had a lot to do with winning the award last year.” A steady stream of attendees visited his booth throughout the day.
Suppliers to the handmade trade reported good buoyancy in the handmade market. According to Don Ferris of Anvil Bike Works, who provides manufacturing tools and equipment, the market has not experienced any down trends in recent years. In fact he reported a spike during the recent fuel crisis. “2008/9 was a freakishly high year for sales, now we’re back to normal – where we were at in 2007 and earlier,” said Ferris. Terry Bill of the Reynolds tubing company continues to be amazed by the resurgence of demand for steel tubing in the North American market. “It’s a very important market for us. It’s dynamic, developing, always adding and growing,” he said.
The Shimano Bike of the Day was awarded to a Sycip 29er mountain bike, which was fully equipped with XTR PRO components – even to the hand grips. The Blue Moon Happy Hour was a big hit for the second day in the row with show-goers lining up for a bottle of handmade beer.
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A vast image gallery from the NAHBS photo studio is online at urbanvelo.org
The world’s number one custom bicycles show, the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. It is scheduled for February 25-27 in Austin, Texas. 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
source: Paul Skilbeck