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February 26th-28th marks the date we have all been waiting for; the commencing of the 2016 NAHBS show! Bike enthusiasts from all around the globe will be congregating in Sacramento, California to exhibit their top quality bicycle products. This is a show you will not want to miss out on!

Read below for information on our most recent exhibitor spotlights, including ISU Insurance Services of Westlake, Black Cat Bicycles and Co-Motion Cycles. Additionally, take a look into some of the best, bicycle friendly restaurants in Sacramento!


2016 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION

Still need to register for your booth? We still have good inventory on 10×10 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 registration@handmadebicycleshow.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 Maria Hennessey at maria@smakstrategies.com .

Thanks and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!


2015 Media Placements

Each year a wide range of publications attend NAHBS, including everyone from hardcore bike media to business writers to local news outlets. Each one of these attendees is interested in the show and you are a part of the stories they want to tell. The team at NAHBS would like to see you get the most out of your experience at this year’s show and we consider our media attendees as one of the keys to your success. Check out some these media placements from last year’s NAHBS in Louisville.

Bicycling, “Best of the 2015 North American Bicycle Show

The founder of the blog The Radavist shares his favorite hand-built bikes and parts from NAHBS 2015.

Men’s Journal, “The 12 Coolest Custom Bikes in America

12 of NAHBS 2015 big winners including the bike judges felt was worthy of being named “Best in Show”.

Outside, “The Most Beautiful Handmade Bikes in The U.S.

Part trade show, part art exhibition, NAHBS spotlights the functional beauty of bikes and the craftsmen who create them.

Gizmag, In pictures: The 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

A quick look at the NAHBS 2015 bicycles that caught the eye of the people at Gizmag.

Bike Rumor, “How to Build A NAHBS Bike – Part 1: Starting The Process of A Custom Bike

The most impressive are the bikes that can hold their own for finish quality, yet you know are going to be ridden hard once the owner takes it from the show hall. Take a glimpse of the process of building a custom, handmade bicycle


. 2016 EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHTS

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.39.37 AM Lora VanDixhorn, Insurance Services of Westlake

ISU Insurance Services of Westlake is passionate about the bicycle industry.   From custom frame builders working in their home garage to large, global, multi-million dollar bike manufacturers. It is an honor to be working with and growing alongside such amazing individuals.  We emerged with the best insurance program available and introduced it to your industry 30 years ago, when first introduced to Yeti Cycles.  Our program has continually revised and expanded, and is now offered with several outstanding insurance companies, who are excited to meet the industry’s changing challenges.

Join Lora VanDixhorn, owner, and Kristin Ruda at NAHBS again this year, where we exhibit, hold seminars and support you.  With over 12 years insurance experience, Kristin is one of the newer additions to our team.  She has a love for mountain biking and is thrilled to see custom bikes from several of our clients, as she is riding and racing in Southern California.  We love this industry and have a particular passion to keep it thriving. Have something new and different?  Bring it on!

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 Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.39.12 AM Todd Ingermanson, Black Cat Bicycles

Over the years I’ve been frequently asked about a “build philosophy.” I get asked about it so much that I think it might have to get capitalized: “Build Philosophy.” I’ve always been a bit hesitant to subscribe to a certain doctrine, but instead ask myself, “do the predetermined pillars of a particular dogma prop up an unrealistic edict of hard and fast rules, or does an individual’s experience and build process serve to create a perspective from which to operate?” I reckon it’s the latter, but it’s not something I talk about, or really even think about, for that matter. For me, the tools in the shop, the bikes themselves, and the process where one is born out from the others, forms an aesthetic, a point of view, always in flux, waiting for new ideas or new information with which to make the bikes better. Whether it’s exploring the nuance within a bike I’ve made seemingly limitless versions of, or trying out a different technique, finding that language and creating that ideology is something that is always in motion. Seems a bit dramatic when I look at it in black and white, but I’m a man of tools, not words.

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People ask what my favorite part of building a bike is. To me, it’s the actual process; the step-by-step. I’ve always been attracted to the seemingly benign details that can become linchpins to the entire outcome, excited by creating opportunities to individualize each project within a specified protocol, and tried my best to apply each result toward the next. Not that interesting to many people, but it’s what floats my boat. That said, any step-by-step process is a bridge between intent and the realization of intent. Wanting to create something only goes so far; knowing how to create something requires an innate understanding of each step required within that process. Any process is worthless if it’s not repeatable and the outcome not predictable. No winging it. No leaving it up to chance. So, if all that boils down to a philosophy, there you have it.


 Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.39.00 AMDwan Shepard, Co-Motion Cycles

Co-Motion Cycles started simply: We built a few bikes for ourselves and our friends, and discovered that we were able to rise to the occasion when challenged by new ideas or problems. Not once have we stopped questioning the way things have always been done. While finding better ways to make our bicycles stand apart, we’ve learned more than we ever imagined, from designing new bicycle tubing to the intricacies of our own CNC machining and maintaining an amazing, talented workforce. These years have taught us the joy of coming to know the people most important to us: Our customers. From global tourists to Paralympic gold medalists to the child starting on the back of her parents’ tandem, and everyone who just wants a beautiful bike ride; we thank you all so much. Our business has thrived only because you entrusted us to build you a great bike. We promise to you that we will make your next bike right here in Oregon with love, with pride and the care and attention to detail that you have come to expect, as always.

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SACRAMENTO RESTAURANTS  

Check out some of these bike friendly restaurants in the Sacramento area! From fine dining to casual meals out, this city has a rich food culture with diverse dining selections. The restaurant’s displayed below are all conveniently located close to the Sacramento Convention Center.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.38.50 AMOne Speed Pizza  4818 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA

One Speed Pizza believes that anything worth sharing in this world takes time. That good food, shared with good friends is worth taking time out of your busy day to enjoy. That love, when put into anything, has an exceptional effect on the end result.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.38.43 AMGrange Restaurant and Bar 926 J street, Sacramento, CA

Renowned for their great service, cool bar, and most importantly, amazing food, Grange Restaurant and Bar is known to be one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in the Sacramento area.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.38.37 AMTower Cafe  1518 Broadway, Sacramento, CA

Near the historic Tower Theater on Broadway sits another piece of Sacramento history, the Tower Cafe. Owner James Seyman founded his worldly fusion eatery on Earth Day 1990, with the intent of bringing the hearts, minds and appetites of the city’s diverse population under one roof. Specialties from across the globe range from the award winning Famous French Toast (a custard soaked slice of Heaven) to Piag’s Thai Steak, Jamaican Jerk Chicken as well as a selection of seasonal daily specials.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.38.32 AMDad’s Kitchen  2968 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA

Dad’s Kitchen specializes in American style quality comfort food.Enjoy organic chicken, grass-fed beef, homemade mac n cheese, local organic greens, and craft beers all while sitting on the most beautiful patio in Sacramento.


NAHBS 2016 HELD AT THE SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER

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We are pleased to announce NAHBS 2016 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.

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ABOUT NAHBS

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

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MEDIA CONTACT

Maria Hennessey, SMAK Strategies

303.859.3317

maria@smakstrategies.com


We look forward to seeing you in February!

Sincerely,

Don Walker

Don Walker,  Founder and President