The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has reported a record turn-out for last weekend’s show at the Sacramento Convention Center, which celebrated the show’s 15th anniversary.
The three-day event featured close to 210 exhibitors – from framebuilders to wheels to components and accessories– including a large contingent of international exhibitors hailing from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan. and thousands of attendees. There was also standout roster of media including one of the cycling industry’s largest and most popular media networks, Global Cycling Network, whose inaugural video at NAHBS garnered over 35,000 views the first day it was published.
NAHBS 2019 also attracted a strong contingent of retail buyers from with it’s new “early-access” program, which gave qualified buyers from bicycle retailers free admission to the show and access to the hall one hour prior to consumer show hours.
“This year’s show confirmed why Sacramento has always been one of our top venues. The hall was packed full of exhibitors, we drew an amazing crowd, and the weather couldn’t have been better,” says Don Walker, Founder and President of NAHBS. “We had several groups ride from nearby cities like San Francisco and San Jose, school groups from nearby communities, and attendees from all over the world at this year’s show. The energy couldn’t have been more positive.”
The coveted NAHBS Awards were also given out and below is a list of the award winners:
OVERALL DESIGN DIVISION
Best in Show- No. 22 Bicycle Company
Best New Builder – Porter Cycles
President’s Choice – Hartley Cycles and Panasonic Cycle Technology
People’s Choice – Mars Cycles
RIDING DISCIPLINE DIVISION
Fully complete bikes, paint and component choices will factor into the judging (aesthetic impact and correctness of the discipline).
Best Artisan Bike – Black Sheep Bikes
Best City/Utility Bike – Rex Cycles
Best Cyclocross Bike – McGovern Cycles
Best Experimental Bike – Black Sheep Bikes
Best Gravel Bike – Seven Cycles
Best Mountain Bike – Mosaic Cycles
Best Road Bike – Seven Cycles
Best Tandem Bike – Bingham Built
Best Track Bike – T°RED Bikes
Judges Discretionary Award – Mosaic Cycles
All bikes presented for the construction categories are presented as bare, non-painted frames to make for easier inspection.
Best TIG Welded Frame- Bingham Built
Best Layup- Pursuit Cycles
Best Finish – Ioklin Frameworks
Best Fillet – Black Cat Bicycle Designs
Best Lugged Frame- DiNucci Cycles
Plans are already in the works for NAHBS 2020, which will be hosted in Dallas, Texas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, March 20-22, 2019. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has a population of 6.8 million, making it the 7th largest metro area in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth region also has two major airports, including one of the largest in the USA, easily accessible for everyone including international exhibitors.
“There’s an ever growing cycling culture in Dallas and we’re extremely excited to bring the show back to Texas,” says Walker. “The city hosts some iconic cycling events and has a large variety of cycling clubs and groups. There are loads of hotels and lodging options close to the convention center, with very affordable rates. And like Sacramento, the weather in March is usually warm, which means bring your bikes and ride!”
Exhibitor registration for NAHBS 2020 will be announced soon.
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