THE 2012 NAHBS AWARDS
RULES, CATEGORIES, GUIDELINES FOR JUDGES
Rules for Submission:
Exhibitors wishing to submit a frame/bicycle for judging must provide notice to NAHBS no later than 45 days from the beginning of the show.
The category in which the frame/bicycle is entered must be indicated.
For multiple submissions, indication of category must be made for each frame.
A frame/bicycle cannot be entered in multiple categories or divisions.
If a frame/bicycle could qualify for multiple divisions (eg. lugged steel cyclocross frame could be eligible for best steel, best lugged, or best cyclocross), the builder must indicate at the time of entry the category in which the frame/bicycle is entered.
Information about each frame/bicycle must be supplied. This information comprises notes on the concept, choice of material, design, construction process, finish, delivery process.
Frame/bicycles are not required to be submitted in advance of the show, exhibitors are required only to provide notice of their intent, as outlined above, by 45 days prior (17th January).
NAHBS Management will publish all entries within 30 days of the start of the show (Tuesday 31st January).
Entries in the Materials division must be presented unpainted to allow judges to better assess craftsmanship.
The decisions of the judges are, in extreme situations, subject to the approval of NAHBS management.
Best new builder, People’s Choice, President’s Choice are categories with automatic entry and do not require notice by the frame builder.
NAHBS AWARDS CATEGORIES
Best steel construction
Best titanium construction
Best carbon construction
Best alternative material (bamboo, aluminum, wood,)
Riding Discipline Division
Best city bike
Best road bike
Best mountain bike
Best cyclocross bike
Best track bike
Best tandem bike
Best experimental bike
Best lugged frame
Best fillet frame
Best TIG frame
Best new builder
Best of show
Guidelines for the Judges
All evaluation will be conducted in a closed environment of judges only. The times, location and agenda for the judging will be issued in advance and exhibitors will be responsible for dropping their frame/bicycle at the pre-determined area in advance of their categories judging. Judges will inspect all frame/bicycles in each category at once and votes taken at that time.
All judging will be conducted on Friday night and Saturday with results posted by 1:00 PM on Saturday. Awards will be posted and placards will be distributed to those exhibitors that received special merit. These placards will be displayed next to the frame/bicycle for the remainder of NAHBS.
In each category up to three frames can be granted special merit. There is no guarantee that three submissions will receive special merit. Only those frames that are deemed to be worth special consideration.
Any frame under consideration must be symmetrical. (Wheel must be centered in drops, seat stays must line-up, ears for pinch bolt must not touch, fork legs must be symmetrical, brake posts must line-up, brake bridge must be centered, etc).
Bikes must exhibit proper equipment for the discipline (no brakes or bottle cages on track bikes, no improper gearing choices on cyclocross bikes, no flat pedals on a XC mountain bike).
A frame must show evidence of an outstanding overall aesthetic while remaining a practical and functional bicycle.
The frame must give evidence that the builder possesses the fundamental knowledge of design and construction.
The frame builder must show evidence of outstanding talent in functional design, graphic design, materials use, assembly/forming skill, or joining skill.
The frame must possess evidence of attention to detail in all stages of the concept, design, construction, finish and delivery processes.