The New England Builder’s Ball Returns for 2016
What is it you ask?
The New England Builders’ Ball is a gala celebrating small framebuilders and exhibiting their work.
Come to beautiful Thompson, CT on Friday, September 30, 2016, to see the work of some of the world’s best bicycle makers in the Barn at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (directions). Admission is only $5, and the event runs from 7 to 11 pm with cash bar, food, and some fun surprises. Stay over the weekend to check out world-class bike racing at KMC Cross Fest all day Saturday and Sunday.
New England has a grand history of bicycle building and innovation. Pierre Lallement, considered the father of the bicycle, worked in Connecticut and Boston. The North American bike industry started with Colonel Pope’s factory in Hartford in the 1870s. Aegis Bicycles (of Maine) in 1986 became the first U.S. company to make carbon monocoque frames, and in 1987 Merlin Metalworks was founded, a pioneer in titanium frame fabrication. New England continues to be a leader in quality bespoke bicycle building, with many brands known far and wide. The only place in our region to see the work of these builders, all in one place, is the New England Builders Ball.
Some of the exhibitors for 2016…
44 Bikes :: Lyndeborough NH
Beardman Bicycles :: Wrentham MA
Breismeister Bikes :: Queens NY
Burnside Forge :: Newburgh NY
Chapman Cycles :: Cranston RI
Cleverhood :: Providence RI
Concinnity Cycle Works :: Somerville MA
Dill Pickle Gear :: Medford MA
DUG Art :: Hadley MA
Horst Engineering / Cross Spikes :: East Hartford CT
Hot Tubes :: Shirley MA
JP Weigle :: Lyme CT
Parlee Cycles :: Beverly MA
Pioneer Valley Frameworks :: Easthampton MA
Sinewave Cycles :: Cambridge MA
Michael Valenti :: Lindenhurst IL
Velo Lumino :: Somerville MA
Waxwing Bag Co :: Waitsfield VT
NE Builder’s Ball
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