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Can you feel it?! NAHBS is a little over a month away! With the greatest variety of exhibitors in NAHBS history planning to be in attendance, we cannot wait to see what unique builds/products are going to be brought to the table!

In this newsletter edition, take a look into what it takes to receive the NAHBS Steve Hed Award, look into a few of NAHBS skilled exhibitors, includingChris King Precision Components, English Cycles and Schwalbe Tires, and of course, general information about accommodation in Sacramento will be supplied.


Register for our 2016 show HERE!

If you have any questions about signing up for the show, please email Robin at

Any media questions should be sent to Maria Hennessey at

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!

Steve HED Award

NAHBS to honor Steve Hed with new award in his name. First-ever H.E.D. annual award pays tribute to late cycling icon’s genius and personality. Humanitarianism. Excellence. Direction: These are the three key characteristics of the late Steve Hed that NAHBS will use as criteria for the inaugural H.E.D annual award at this February’s show. The first award will be given posthumously to Steve and presented to his wife Anne at the show, to be held at the Sacramento Convention Center in California.

Future annual awards will be presented to frame builders, industry veterans, or athletes who over the course of an entire career have best exemplified the creative genius, humanitarianism and gregariousness of this legendary figure and his brand HED Cycling.


Big shout out to some of our favorite exhibitors! Chris King Precision Components, English Cycles and Schwalbe Tires.

 Chris King Precision Components– Chris King

“We have a disciplined approach to manufacturing which includes rigorous quality control and highly developed production protocols that inform each component that leaves our facility.”

For over 30 years Chris King Precision Components has manufactured intentionally built industry leading bicycle components of the highest quality. Our hubs, bottom brackets, and headsets are strictly made in the U.S. from domestically sourced goods utilizing environmentally progressive production practices.

English Cycles – Rob English

“English Cycles started officially in 2009 after I had built a few frames for myself and friends. I went part-time at Bike Friday in 2011 in order to focus more on my business, and then left there in 2013 to be a full time independent custom bike builder.

Time trialling is a big deal in the UK (one can – and many do – ride four or five a week all season), and I have been fairly successful at it, but also had some ideas of how to go faster using bike design and position. So the first bike with my name on it was my TT bike – which did make me faster (and has won seven state championships to date), but I enjoy building all types of bicycle, and especially helping customers achieve their dream bike.”

 Schwalbe Tires

Schwalbe Tires, the foremost bicycle tire company in all of Western Europe and soon, North America!

Schwalbe prides itself on outstanding customer service, consistency, a superior product at a competitive price, and the endless pursuit of supporting a great sport and a healthy source of transportation.


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.


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

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We look forward to seeing you in February!



Don Walker


Don Walker,  Founder and President