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NAHBS 2011 Website

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2012 Exhibitor List
2012 Media Partners
  1. Show Date /Venue/Media Center: 2-4 March, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA.
    N.B. Credential applications received after February 25th will have the credential printed onsite. Be prepared for a short delay for this.
  2. Media Center hours:
    Thursday, March 1, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 4, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m
  3. Press Officer: Paul Skilbeck. Mob. 415.516.1444
  4. Host Hotel: Hyatt. Most exhibitors are staying there and some will be found in the bar later in the evenings.
  5. Exhibitors: 2012 sees the second largest exhibitor count in the history of the show, with 172 exhibitors. The show floor has been expanded twice and is now at maximum capacity. The largest year was 2011, in Austin, Texas, 174 exhibitors. This year, 43 of the exhibitors are from California; 18 are from foreign countries including: Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark and Czech Republic.
  6. Trends in the handmade bicycle business.
    1. Look for stainless steel. In 2011 KVA Stainless introduced its MS2 tubing which is light and very strong, and relatively inexpensive. This has sparked renewed interest in stainless steel which is getting very good reviews from early adopters.
    2. Mountain bikes (27), road bikes (21), city bikes (19), and cyclo-cross bikes (16) are the largest of 18 categories in the NAHBS Awards.
  7. Who attends NAHBS? Based on previous years: about 30-40% will come from out of state; 15% will be repeat visitors; 45% will visit the show two or more days; 53% ride four or more times a week; 70% are men; 50% are single; 72% have 4+ years of college; 46% have HHI of $75K+
  8. Gates Carbon Drive is holding a contest to reward builders that show creative and innovative ways of including the unbreakable belt into the frame design. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the show, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Gates will award cash and prizes to the value of $8750.00.
  9. Oskar Blues is the official brew of NAHBS and at Friday’s VIP party will provide fine canned beer.
  10. NAHBS is part of the small business bounce-back. With big businesses increasingly shipping jobs and the manufacturing sector overseas, the real heroes of the American economy are the small manufacturers. The steadily growing handmade bicycle industry is maximizing the national multiplier effect, the component of economic activity with most potential to reduce the national debt. North American bicycle frame builders are regarded as the world leaders in this craft, and NAHBS has inspired similar shows in Great Britain and in Continental Europe.
  11. NAHBS side events
    1. ArtBike! A month-long community arts project that celebrates innovation, creativity and bicycles. It includes galleries and other venues all over town on the ArtBike! Tour. See the google map for details

March 1, 6 p.m.: The ArtBike! Party takes place at Hot Italian
March 3, 2 p.m.: The ArtBike fantastic bicycles parade starts at the NAHBS show hall

    1. NAHBS VIP/EXHIBITOR/MEDIA Party, Friday March 2, at the Elks Ballroom, 11th/J St
    2. World premiere of The Bike Heist filmupstairs in the Sacramento Convention Center, Saturday March 3, 6 p.m.
    3. Gourmet Tour, Pizza Tour including local restaurants, and a Beer Tour to select participants in Sacramento Beer Week.
    4. Morning Clif Bar bike rides. Meeting at the Sacramento Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. Saturday ride supported by DeVere’s Irish pub. Will go to Davis to visit the US Bicycle Hall of Fame. Sunday ride, the Mimosa Ride supported by Sheila Moon. A leisurely ride through Sacramento. Capital Gardens, R St Bicycle Bridge, Old Town, Discovery Park. Meet for mimosas at Revolution Wines, where scones and donuts also await. Rides accompanied by Mad Cats cycling club. Both will have different speed groups.


  1. Tom Ritchey is building 40 frames this year to celebrate his 40th year as a frame builder. Also he will be showing a pre-production model of the Breakaway tandem, the final version which will be on display this September at Interbike. Additionally Tom will be giving a seminar on Saturday morning, entitled ‘The Way We Were’ a retrospective about the US handmade scene in the 1980s.
  2. Steve Rex, the Sacramento builder, celebrates his 25th year as a frame builder in 2012, and a tribute event to him will be held by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Association on Saturday evening.
  3. Don Walker, the show founder, broke his ankle a few weeks before the show, which put a damper on his bike building activities. He will still have some bikes on display.
  4. Sam Whittingham, of Naked Cycles, and his assistant, trials star Aran ‘lolo’ Cook, are making an eight-day cycle tour, named ‘The Road to NAHBS’ part way from the Naked Cycles hq to Sacramento for NAHBS. They are riding on the bicycles they will display in the Naked Cycles booth and will be blogging about it on
  5. Rafi Ajl, of Raphael Cycles, realized his true vocation and left Harvard Graduate School of Design to become a frame builder.
  6. KVA Stainless. Some talk about the cost to the environment of building a bicycle. KVA Stainless is using recycled stainless steel to provide cyclists with “the feel of steel.” KVA Stainless will deliver a seminar Saturday at 3 p.m.
  7. Rolf Prima is introducing at NAHBS its first mountain bike wheels, the Ralos, in 26” and 29.”
  8. Boo Bicycles’ bamboo and carbon road bicycle will be raced at major events this year, including The Redlands Classic, Tour of the Gila and Nature Valley Grand Prix.
  9. Richard Sachs. Writer Nick Czerula will appear at the Richard Sachs booth to present a book he wrote during 14 months shadowing Sachs. Also at the Richard Sachs booth are the new investment cast dropouts, named Piccoli Gioielli, and his new UOS, Ueber Over Sized tubing based on the PegoRichie pipe he co-designed with Italian builder Dario Pegoretti.