NAHBS showcases the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point–both 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.
The 2005 North American Handmade Bicycle Show was the original event that brought together handmade bicycle frame builders.
Since that first show, NAHBS has unified and galvanized the handmade bicycle industry, and it remains the most widely accessible physical access point to the frame builders themselves.
The show began as, and remains, the largest and most important gathering of custom bicycle builders anywhere in the world. It features all conceivable types of bicycle: Some dazzlingly beautiful, some you thought might have been impossible to build, some very fuctional and utilitarian, and others that are simply classics of their genres.
Whatever types of bike they are, they’re all of the highest quality at NAHBS. All of our booth holders have completed at least 50 frames and spent at least two years as a professional builder. Each of them carries product liability insurance and is a highly reputable and respected member of the industry.
From 2005 to 2011 the show has been held in Houston, Tx; San Jose, Ca (twice); Portland, Or; Indianapolis, In; Richmond, Va; and Austin, Tx.
Why do we keep moving? First this keeps the show fresh, hitting a new city full of enthusiastic bicycle lovers each year. Second, it is only fair to bring the show closer to regional groups of attendees and exhibitors each year on a rotational basis to spread the financial load of attending the show. Third, we think this is the best way to keep bringing the show to the largest number of new and existing customers.
Although the bicycles on the convention room floor are the stars of the show, arguably the most valuable feature of NAHBS is the seminar series. The information in these sessions conveys the wisdom and knowledge of the most accomplished names in the industry of bicycle building. We believe there is no richer syllabus in all of cycling!