Shimano NAHBS Day Three Report
Smiles all around in final day of show, which might be remembered as Year of the Tandems
RICHMOND, Virginia - The sixth annual edition of the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show concluded on Sunday afternoon, 28th February. A highly successful show, with an unprecedented three tandems receiving honors at the show awards, this might be recalled as 'year of the tandems.'
An estimated 1600 attendees visited the show on Sunday, bringing the total for the three days to approximately 6800. The Shimano Bike of the Day went to the Vanilla Workshop, the Blue Moon Happy Hour provided a festive way to kick off the NAHBS Awards.... and Austin, Texas, was announced as the venue for the 2011 show.
Show founder and president, Don Walker said, "I am thrilled by the way the show has gone this year. It has been an all-round tremendous experience working with the people here in Richmond, and the enthusiasm for the show has been really great. Our attendance numbers were hit by the mid-week snow storms last week, and without those we'd have been even higher. But I'm hearing reports of a lot of orders being taken and business has been brisk, so once again we have shown that we provide an unparalleled opportunity for our exhibitors to meet their market. Looking ahead, I am excited to be going to Austin in 2011, and we are already advancing on 2012 and 2013 venues. This show has built a lot of momentum and I can only see it gaining more."
The 2010 NAHBS Award winners are:
Bilenky Cycle Works - Best Road Frame
Richard Sachs - Best Track Frame
Crumpton Cycles - Best Carbon Fiber
Kent Eriksen Cycles - Best Titanium
Kirk Frameworks - Best Fillet Brazing
YiPsan Bicycles - Best City Bike
Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. - Rookie of the Year
Engin Cycles - Best Off-Road
Calfee Design - Best Tandem
Spectrum Tandem - Best Steel Frame
Dinucci Cycles - Best Lugged Frame
DeSalvo Cycles - Best TIG welded Frame
Llewellyn Custom Bicycles - Best Paint
Ellis Cycles - Best of Show
Cherubim by Konno - President's Choice
YiPsan Bicycles - Peoples Choice
The world's number one custom bicycles show, the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. It is scheduled for February 25-27 in Austin, Texas. The show is dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point-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. Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to 150 exhibitors and 7200 attendees. For more information, see www.handmadebicycleshow.com.