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The Rando Shootout Award will highlight the best randonneur bike exhibited at NAHBS 2016

To a select few, it’s more than just a bike. It is the culmination of a passion for cycling and a desire to create something truly unique and special. Frame building is elevated to an artform… perfect welds, premium tubing, and hand-carved lugs are the medium and every bike built is a tangible expression of the builder and their passion.

The NAHBS team is getting more and more excited for a creative, fantastic show in Sacramento February 26-28, 2016. In the mean time, check out our most recent news featuring the announcement of the Rando Shootout Award, exhibitor spotlights highlighting Caletti Cycles and Appleman Bicycles, and our very own Sacramento Bikes & Brews feature!


 

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 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!


 

NAHBS PRESS RELEASE: RANDO SHOOTOUT AWARD

North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) Announces New Rando Shootout Award

The Rando Shootout Award will highlight the best randonneur bike

exhibited at NAHBS 2016

BOULDER, COLO. (For Immediate Release) – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, scheduled for February 26 – 28, 2016 in Sacramento, CA, is proud to announce the addition of a new award category. The Rando Shootout Award will look to identify the best randonneur bike on display at the show.

Judged by the editorial team at Bicycle Quarterly, the Rando Shootout Award will focus on the function and ride of the bicycle. Entries will be presented in the Summer 2016 magazine to Bicycle Quarterly’s audience of 21,000+ readers, as well as on the Bicycle Quarterly blog, Instagram, and Facebook pages. Merely participating will guarantee builders significant publicity.

“Highlighting our exhibitors and their bikes to the cycling public is central to the NAHBS mission. Adding a new award category that calls out one of the fastest growing segments in cycling is a great way to increase value for our exhibitors,” said Don Walker, Founder of NAHBS. “All of our NAHBS awards are very popular with attendees, exhibitors, and the media. We think this award will draw a lot of attention to the emerging category and the brands who are helping to drive it forward.”

The bikes will be tested by the Bicycle Quarterly editorial team on the roads around Sacramento for a first round of judging. The best three bikes will then be taken on one of Bicycle Quarterly’s epic rides, during which a final winner will be determined. The focus will be on performance during a spirited ride, handling on twisty mountain descents, versatility and the ability to carry and access luggage, as well as reliability. In the magazine feature, Bicycle Quarterly’s renowned photography will combine the beauty of the bikes and landscape into an inspirational adventure.

Entries will be evaluated based on their specifications first, with points awarded for light weight and a few other desirable features. Aesthetics also will play a small role, but these will be evaluated separately and used only as a tie-breaker in the final score.

“Randonneur bikes are a growing segment of the handmade bicycle market. They are ideally suited not only for randonneuring, but also for weekend rides, credit card tours, and general riding,” said Jan Heine, Editor of Bicycle Quarterly. “The best randonneur bikes combine the speed and feel of a good racing bike with the versatility of fenders and lights, as well as the ability to carry some luggage. They are the bicycle equivalent of a sports car that offers great performance and fun, yet remains usable every day, even in the rain or at night.”

Randonneur bikes must be able to cover varied terrain efficiently, on a variety of (usually paved) road surfaces. A good randonneur bike allows its rider to be fast both on and off the bike. It must offer excellent performance, but also limit the rider’s fatigue. Lighting must offer at least 24 hours of run time before the need for recharging. Autonomous lighting – powered by the rider or perhaps solar panels – is a plus. Luggage should be accessible while riding, or at least without dismounting the bike, to reduce the need for stopping. There must be space for a long-sleeve jersey, tights, gloves, rain jacket, 8 energy bars and 3 small bottles of liquid meal replacement (Ensure or similar), plus 2 inner tubes. Provisions must be provided to fix 3 flat tires – either a pump or 3 CO2 cartridges.

The Rando Shootout is a great opportunity for builders to show that their bikes not only look good, but also ride well. With the growing interest in randonneuring, touring and gravel riding, this type of bike has a strong following that will only continue to grow.


 

2016 EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHT

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John Caletti, Caletti Cycles

I’m John Caletti and I handcraft custom bicycles in Santa Cruz, California. I truly enjoy the challenge, reward, and process of building bicycles. I’ve been a rider since I was a kid, the passion just got deeper as I’ve gone along. My own first custom bike was a revelation – it fit better, it worked better, I had more fun. I loved working with my hands, creating, especially projects that involved welding and machining. When I discovered handmade, custom bicycles, a seed was planted. It took a number of years before diving in – working in bike shops, sales, fittings, and then a lot of wrenching, along with welding courses and eventually learning to build bikes. In 2004 I got going, and it’s been challenging, but rewarding and a fun ride. I love what I do, I continue to be engaged and excited about creating unique bicycles for passionate riders.

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I take building bikes seriously, and I take the way I run my business and the impact it has on the environment seriously as well. Beyond making bikes that inspire people to ride more and drive less, I look for other ways to reduce the impact of my bike making business. I recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, metal cut-offs and scraps, reuse packing material, ship by ground (not air), use natural light in the workshop, and produce durable and recyclable bike frames. In addition Caletti Cycles is a member of 1% for the Planet – donating 1% of sales to groups working to preserve and protect our environment.

Sourced: caletticycles.com


 

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Appleman Bicycles is a one-man shop that builds custom carbon fiber bikes.

Raw, clean, thoughtful design is paired with advanced composites engineering for a delicious ride.

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Engineered: A custom tube set is designed and finely tuned for each rider resulting in a amazingly comfortable and lively ride. Unique: Aside from an awesome ride, every Appleman has a unique aesthetic. The raw, minimal look is refreshing in a day of overstated bold logos.

One Man Shop: The guy who answers the phone is the same guy who builds your frame.  The end result is an amazing bike with no surprises during the process.

Courtesy of Matt Appleman


 

SACRAMENTO BIKES & BREWS

Don’t worry, be hoppy – and check out some of these sweet places to grab a beer in the Sacramento area.

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.10.28 AMBike Dog Brewing, in West Sacramento. www.Bikedogbrewing.com.

One of our favorites. Bike racks inside the building, often a food truck outside, and nice people all around. About 25 minutes by bike from the Convention Center. We’re partial to the San Dog IPA, the Mosaic Pale is also a favorite.

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Sac Brew Bike. www.Sacbrewbike.com.

It’s a party on wheels. When you’re ready for something really different, book a ride with Sac Brew Bike. These bikes make brewpub crawls a unique group adventure! Step on board and enjoy your favorite tunes on their rockin sound system. Bikes are custom fitted with plenty of room for you to bring on coolers and non-alcoholic beverages to keep hydrated (this isn’t your momma’s bike – it’s a workout).

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 10.10.04 AMSudwerk in Davis. Sudwerkbrew.com.

About 15 miles from Downtown Sacramento. Often windy, but always flat. The Dock Store has better beer than the leased restaurant, but more limited hours.

They are making some amazing sours, and the Double India Pale Lager is making the hopheads happy.


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.  

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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