Happy August! NAHBS is here to share the most recent and noteworthy news for NAHBS 2016! We are excited to feature three new brands in our Exhibitor Spotlight: WH Bradford Designs, SILCA, and Gates Carbon Drive. We have also compiled a list of the Top 5 Things to Do in Sacramento. Check it out and get excited for a great show in February!
2016 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
Still need to register for your booth? We still have good inventory on 10×10, 10×20, and 20×20 booth spaces but they are starting to go fast. Register HERE to secure your spot at this very important industry event. And if you’re a new builder, you can sign up for space at the New Builder’s Table HERE. First time exhibitors can register for booth space HERE.
If you have any questions about signing up for the show, please email Robin at email@example.com.
NAHBS wants to provide additional value to all of our attendees. That’s why every exhibitor registering for the show will also have an opportunity to submit a new product profile that will be sent directly to over 200 members of the cycling media ahead of the show to drive interest around your brand.
Any media questions should be sent to Scott Kaier at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Hodges, WH Bradford Designs
This will be my first year attending NAHBS, however I am not a “New Builder”. As a child, I rode my bikes in the hills above Cupertino and the back trails of Calabasas park. It was during these years I developed my love for bikes and frame design. For the past 10 years I have been building and designing bikes for my company Nemesis Project cycles.
Established in 2004 Nemesis Project cycles set it’s sights on the fledgling urban mountain bike market, quickly developing a reputation as one of the planet’s foremost builders of ultra-high end, hand built, aggressive use hardtail frames. Through the employment of forward thinking frame design, superior materials and incredible craftsmanship, Nemesis Project’s small Folsom, CA facility began production of frames and components that caught the eye of the rest of the industry, and their influence was felt almost immediately. Since late 2007, Nemesis Project has expanded into the world of collaborative art bikes. Working with some of the most highly respected brands in the art world such as Disney Bloc-28 , Kid-Robot and FatLace has resulted in remarkably original, one of a kind art bikes that have generated a whirlwind of media attention worldwide.
With time, I felt that I wanted to do more. I wanted to build something better than just “trick bikes”. As a result WHBradford designs was born!
WHBradford designs is a family run company and without the help of my family and this tight knit group of friends around me that are involved, it would not be possible. I build each of my bikes with a high attention to detail here in my Rancho Cordova shop not far from where the NAHBS show is being held. Our current offering plays off my years of experience building and designing bikes for my brands and many others as well. We will be bringing our full line of bikes to NAHBS this year along with some new designs and a few surprises so stay tuned. It’s going to be a great show!
~Courtesy of Brad Hodges
Joshua Poertner, SILCA
We believe in perfection. We believe in beauty. We believe in values as well as value.
SILCA was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi just outside of Milan, Italy. SILCA was the first company to put gauges on pumps, the first to produce a true ‘high-pressure’ frame pump, and the first to work with the revolutionary lightweight material plastic after the end of WWII. More recently, the company was first with a valve controlled CO2 inflator, and with some irony, the first to move away from plastics and back to wood handles. Along the way, the company ideals became deeply rooted in a combination of durable materials, traditional craftsmanship, and innovation. It is no accident that so many of the SILCA pumps of the 1960’s and 70’s are still in use today, nor is it accidental that we continue to sell replacement parts for those very pumps.
By 2013, SILCA was the oldest company in the bicycle industry to have been continually owned by the same family. In August of 2013, Claudio Sacchi, grandson of Felice, sold the company to me, Joshua Poertner. For 14 years previously I was Technical Director at Zipp Speed Weaponry and have been a lifelong SILCA fan since buying my SILCA pump in 1990, a pump still in daily use today. Sadly, Claudio lost his battle with cancer shortly after selling the company, and while we miss him greatly, we are inspired to rebuild this iconic brand to be the industry leader in this category.
Rolling into 2014, SILCA headquarters and manufacturing have been moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Here, we are rebuilding a once great icon into a new great icon. We will use the finest materials and craftsmanship achievable in our products. Each and every SILCA component is designed for beauty, function, strength, durability, and longevity before it is carefully produced by hand to the highest standards. We take great pride in upholding the 100 year history of this brand.
~Courtesy of Joshua Poertner
MaryAnn Amari, Gates Carbon Drive
If you’ve bought a bicycle in the past 120 years, chances are it’s been powered by a chain. While the trusty bicycle chain has done every cyclist well, we at Gates wanted to not only improve cycling—we wanted to revolutionize it. So we created the Gates Carbon Drive.
Gates Carbon Drive is a chain-replacing belt drive system for bicycles. It is clean, smooth and strong, requiring no lubrication and little maintenance. Gates Carbon Drive is made by the Gates Corporation, the leading supplier of belts for automotive and industrial uses in the world. The Carbon Drive makes everyday cycling better, easier and more accessible. It provides the smooth ride cyclists want, without some of the downsides of the traditional bike chain. It’s stronger, quieter and requires less maintenance. It’s grease-free, oil-free and hassle-free. It won’t leave any marks on your pants and you’ll never have to pull over to fix a dropped chain. Come to think of it, revolutionary might not even do it justice.
More and more custom bicycles featuring the Gates belt system are appearing at NAHBS every year, and Gates is a former sponsor of the show.
~Courtesy of Paul Tolme
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO
With more than 230 days of sunshine annually, Sacramento is the perfect place to explore the outdoors, soak up the California sun, go wine tasting, or attend sporting events. But the things to do here aren’t limited to the outdoors. World-class museums, performing arts groups, and other family fun activities make every day unique in California’s capital.
Check out this list of Sacramento’s Top 5 Things To Do.
- California State Railroad Museum: With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California and the West.
- Crocker Art Museum: The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to complement its collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art.
- Local Roots Food Tours: Come explore Northern California’s best restaurants and specialty food stores with us, along with the chefs, architecture, and history that make the region an exciting culinary destination.We offer authentic tasting and cultural experiences in Sacramento’s intriguing urban neighborhoods and the Sierra Nevada foothills gold mining town of Murphys. Tantalize your taste buds on 3.5 hour guided walking tours through these historic (and delicious!) tree-lined streets.
- Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento is a beautiful cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. It is also the mother church and seat of Jaime Soto, the ordinary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento.
- American River Bicycle Trail: The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the
American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake’s southwestern banks at Beal’s Point. Ride on!!
NAHBS 2016 HELD AT THE SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER
We are pleased to announce the 2016 NAHBS will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California. The Sacramento Convention Center is located across the street from the State Capitol and just 15 minutes from the the Sacramento International Airport.
SHERATON GRAND SACRAMENTO AS NAHBS 2016 HOST HOTEL
The Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, a contemporary hotel in the heart of California’s capital city, welcomes NAHBS to Sacramento February 2016! Make sure to reserve a room early on. Group rates will be available until January 22, 2016.
Established in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the largest and most widely accessible destination for frame builders to share their passion with cycling enthusiasts and supporters. 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. NAHBS moves from city to city each year. For more information on the 2016 show, please visit http://www.2016.handmadebicycleshow.com
Scott Kaier, SMAK Strategies
We look forward to seeing you in February!
Don Walker, Founder and President