It may only be July, but NAHBS 2016 is gearing up for a long weekend of creativity, community, and cycling this coming February. In just seven months, the best in the handmade bike industry will gather in Sacramento, CA to showcase the world’s biggest collection of unique bikes and cycling brands.
Until then, please check out the following for the latest news from NAHBS, including updated registration information, a final reminder for the Early Bird Exhibitor Special, and our first 2016 exhibitor spotlights.
ONE MORE DAY! EARLY BIRD EXHIBITOR SPECIAL FOR NAHBS 2016
Register as an exhibitor by July 15th and receive the following benefits:
- Beat the deadline and save $100.00 on any booth space
- Two dedicated stand-alone features on the NAHBS blog, which will be shared socially & promoted via eNewsletter, prior to show
- One stand-alone exhibitor spotlight in a NAHBS eNewsletter, to be distributed to media & attendees, prior to show
- Inclusion in the “Who’s Who at NAHBS” guide – an online preview guide which will be emailed to all attendees & media one week prior to show
- NAHBS Social Media Spotlight stand-alone posts: 3 Instagram posts, 3 Facebook posts, 5 Tweets featuring and tagging exhibitor, prior to show
- If a NAHBS 2016 Show Guide is printed, all early bird exhibitors will receive discounted rates for advertising
If this is your first show, please make sure to complete a New Exhibitor Application
For questions or more information, please reach out to NAHBS show staff directly. Contact information can be found here.
2016 EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHT
Chris Dekerf, Dekerf Cycles
Dekerf Cycles, founded by Chris Dekerf in 1991, was established by uniting two passions – the first a passion for building things by hand and the second a passion for riding bicycles. Chris and his team, now based in Vancouver, is pleased to say that they’ve been refining their craft of building beautiful bicycles for more than 20 years now.
From cutting the tubes, to applying the paint, and putting them in a shipping box, the Dekerf team takes the kind of pride and care that cannot be achieved in a mass produced frame. Chris is proud to say that a Dekerf cycle is a product to be kept for a lifetime, not one to be thrown out or to be upgraded the next year. A Dekerf cycle is something that’s truly beautiful, something we need more of in this world! Buy a Dekerf, ride it, keep it, and love it! See you on the trails.
Collin Schaafsma, Matter Cycles
Collin Schaafsma is the sole designer and creator of every bicycle at Matter Cycles. Collin explains that although it’s a one man show, it never feels that way because of the support from friends, family and existing Matter customers.
Each and every Matter bike comes to life in Boulder, Colorado. There is no assembly line, and no massive quota to fill each week. Countless dollars are not spent in marketing to sell thousands of bikes. There are no board meetings, just bike rides with friends. Because a limited amount of Matter bikes leave the nest each year no detail is overlooked. Staying small allows Collin to really get to know the customer. Creating a connection with every customer is very important. Because Matter is small there is a short lead time, but it’s well worth the wait.
Jacob Frey, Boo Bicycles
Boo Bicycles handcrafts bicycles using the finest bamboo in the world. The bamboo is so strong it is nicknamed ‘Iron Bamboo’ and is commonly used to build bridges and multi-story scaffolding locally in Vietnam, where Boo Bicycles grows their very own bamboo on a private plantation.
Boo frames are built using a tube-to-tube construction method. All tubes are hand-cut and chiseled to fit together perfectly in the jig before they are bound together with unidirectional carbon fiber. Tubes are hollowed to a 3-5mm wall thickness (dependent on frame size and type) for weight savings and stiffness tuning. The average Boo frame takes 40-50 hours of hand labor to construct.
With a stiff, lively ride that is also supple and compliant, bamboo allows the rider to have their cake and eat it too.
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.
There is no shortage of 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.
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