Coming Soon: 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The handmade bicycle is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The last time high-end hand-built frames were this popular … they were all that was available.

Don Walker’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the grand daddy of the growing number of shows. It’s still the biggest and best of them, and this year will be the biggest yet. Just today Don announced that the 2011 show, which will be held from February 25-27 in Austin, Texas, boasts an incredible 160 exhibitors, and there’s still some space left. It probably helped that Don selected a city to hold the event that resonates with cyclists.

With the fall-off in A-list exhibitors at Interbike (a trend that frustrates me but that I sincerely hope the organizers turn around), NAHBS this year will be the show I most anticipate attending.

I’ll be posting daily at the event, but much of the work I’ll be doing while there will be on behalf of peloton magazine. There will a bigger announcement on that coming soon.

As of this post, the following companies and builders will be displaying at NAHBS.

  • ALCHEMY BICYCLE CO.
  • ALLIANCE BICYCLES, LLC
  • ANDERSON CUSTOM BICYCLES
  • ANT BICYCLES
  • ANVIL BIKEWORKS
  • APRES VELO
  • ARUNDEL BICYCLE COMPANY
  • BAILEY WORKS
  • BAMBOOSERO
  • BASSO
  • BICYCLE FABRICATIONS
  • BICYCLE FOREST
  • BICYCLE TIMES MAGAZINE
  • BILENKY CYCLE WORKS
  • BISHOP BIKES
  • BLACK CAT BICYCLES
  • BLACK SHEEP FABRICATION, INC
  • BOO BICYCLES
  • BROAKLAND BIKES
  • BROMPTON BICYCLE
  • BRONTO MTB CO
  • BROOKS
  • BURRO BAGS
  • C.C.P.
  • CALETTI CYCLES
  • CALFEE DESIGN
  • CANTITOE ROAD
  • CHERUBIM BY SHIN-ICHI KONNO
  • CHRIS KING PRECISION COMPONENTS
  • CINELLI
  • CO-MOTION CYCLES
  • COLUMBUS
  • CONTINENTAL
  • CRUMPTON CYCLES
  • CURT GOODRICH BICYCLES
  • CYCLE DESIGN
  • CYCLE MONKEY
  • CYFAC INTERNATIONAL
  • DALTEX HANDMADE BICYCLES
  • DARIO PEGORETTI
  • DEAN TITANIUM BIKES
  • DEFEET INTERNATIONAL
  • DELLA SANTA CYCLES
  • DESALVO CUSTOM CYCLES
  • DINUCCI CYCLES
  • DIRT RAG MAGAZINE
  • DOMINGUEZ CYCLES
  • DON WALKER CYCLES
  • DROMARTI
  • ELLIS CYCLES
  • ENGIN CYCLES
  • ENVE COMPOSITES
  • FI’ZI:K
  • FIXED GEAR GALLERY/HELL-YES CLOTHING
  • FORM CYCLES
  • FULL SPEED AHEAD
  • FUNK CYCLES
  • GALLUS CYCLES
  • GAULZETTI CICLI
  • GEEKHOUSE BIKES
  • GIORDANA
  • GJERTSEN TECHNOLOGIES
  • GROOVY CYCLEWORKS
  • GURU CYCLES
  • HAMPSTEN CYCLES
  • HED WHEELS
  • HELM CYCLES
  • HENRY JAMES BICYCLES & TRUE TEMPER SPORTS
  • IGLEHEART CUSTOM FRAMES & FORKS
  • INDEPENDENT FABRICATION
  • IRA RYAN CYCLES
  • KENT ERIKSEN CYCLES
  • KIMORI CO, LTD
  • KIRK FRAMEWORKS
  • KIRKLEE BICYCLES
  • KISH FABRICATION
  • KVA STAINLESS
  • LEGOR CICLI
  • MAIETTA HANDBUILT BICYCLES
  • MAVIC
  • MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
  • MOOTS
  • MOSAIC CYCLES
  • MOUNTAIN FLYER MAGAZINE
  • NAKED BICYCLES
  • NOVA CYCLES SUPPLY INC
  • NUVINCI
  • PAC DESIGNS
  • PARAGON MACHINE WORKS
  • PARLEE CYCLES
  • PAUL COMPONENT ENGINEERING
  • PEACOCK GROOVE
  • PELOTON MAGAZINE
  • PHILOSOPHY BAG CO.
  • PRIORITY CYCLES
  • QUIRING CYCLES, LLC
  • RAPHA
  • RETROTEC & INGLIS CYCLES
  • REYNOLDS TECHNOLOGY LTD
  • RICHARD SACHS CYCLES
  • RITCHEY DESIGN
  • ROLF PRIMA
  • ROULEUR MAGAZINE
  • RPS NIPC
  • SAMURAI CYCLE WORKS
  • SCREEN SPECIALTY SHOP, INC
  • SCRUB COMPONENTS
  • SELLE ITALIA
  • SEROTTA BICYCLES
  • SHAMROCK CYCLES
  • SHEILA MOON ATHLETIC APPAREL
  • SIGNAL CYCLES
  • SIX-ELEVEN BICYCLE CO.
  • SOTHERLAND CUSTOM BICYCLES
  • SPEEDHOUND BIKES
  • SPUTNIK TOOL
  • STRONG FRAMES
  • SUNRACE STURMEY ARCHER
  • SYCIP DESIGNS
  • SYLVAN CYCLES
  • TERRA NOVA CYCLES, LLC
  • THOMSON
  • TI CYCLES FABRICATION
  • TOMMASINI BICYCLES
  • TRUE FABRICATION BICYCLES
  • TWIN SIX
  • UNITED BICYCLE INSTITUTE
  • VANILLA WORKSHOP
  • VENDETTA CYCLES
  • VERTIGO CYCLES
  • VICTORIA CYCLES
  • VP COMPONENTS
  • VULTURE CYCLES
  • WATSON CYCLES
  • WHEEL FANATYK
  • WHITE BROTHERS SUSPENSION
  • WHITE INDUSTRIES
  • WINTER BICYCLES
  • WOUND UP COMPOSITE CYCLES
  • YIPSAN BICYCLES
  • ZANCONATO CUSTOM CYCLES
  • ZIPP
  • ZULLO
  • 2011 NEW BUILDER TABLE EXHIBITORS:
  • APPLEMAN BICYCLES
  • DEMON FRAMEWORKS
  • DORNBOX PERFORMANCE BICYCLES
  • FORESTA FRAMES
  • LITTLEFORD BICYCLES
  • MAGNOLIA CYCLES
  • MILLS BROTHERS BICYCLE COMPANY
  • PITZ
  • RICH PHILLIPS CYCLES
  • ROSENE HANDBUILT BICYCLES
  • VANLOOZEN BROTHERS BICYCLES
  • VIOLET CROWN CYCLES
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4 comments

  1. Scott G.

    Why do you refer to the bikes as “high end” ?
    I can easily drop a lot more coin on Trek/Pinarello etc
    than a lot of the builders at NAHMBS.


    1. Author
      Padraig

      Scott: The handmade frame has always been thought of as a high-end purchase as compared to similar (i.e. steel and aluminum) production bikes. It’s possible to spend more (though some of these builders framesets run $3000-5000 apiece), but custom craftsmanship has never been a purchase for the masses.

  2. James

    I went to NAHBS a couple of years ago when it was in Portland, OR. It was a lot of fun to see all of the different designs people have come up with to make their mark. It looks as though the show has grown exponentially since then! I’m hoping it returns to PDX someday.

  3. Paul S

    I think Scott G. would very quickly realize why you refer to the bikes as “high end” if he went to NAHBS to see what the show is all about and why so many people leave the show hall with a new love interest. Nothing against Specialized, Trek, Pinarello, etc. cuz cookie cutter bikes can be high end too. Personally, I own a mix of handmade custom bikes and cookie cutter bikes.

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