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North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2010

March 3, 2010

This past weekend’s trip to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Richmond was amazing!

The show itself was a refreshing contrast to the annual industry-only event, Interbike.  Where Interbike is a gathering of mostly businessmen passionate about profit who happen to sell bikes, NAHBS is a gathering of people, riders and builders, who are passionate about bicycles, some of whom happen to sell them.

As for the bikes themselves, there was so much cool stuff that it was overwhelming at first and I had to take several breaks in order to digest and comprehend all the bicycle glory.  There were several booths that I could’ve easily spent the better part of the day just lurking around.

The only downside to being in a room filled with so many amazing bikes was not being able to ride any of the bikes, I just had to stare at them while taking blurry pictures and imagining myself on some far flung bicycle adventure.

I took loads of photos, most of which were mediocre, and many of which were unrecognizable.  The best 40 or so are on my flickr site.

At least half of the success of this trip was the city of Richmond itself.  It’s a beautiful old city that is very easily navigable by bicycle and filled with architectural and natural beauty. In fact, the city may well have made more of a lasting impression on me than the bike show.  One restaurant in particular, Cafe 821, had such an effect on me that I ate four meals there in 48 hours, all of which were fantastic.

I got the impression that there are lots of cyclists in Richmond, but because of the NAHBS the city was literally overrun with folks on bikes exploring the city and bouncing from bike party to bike shop to bike event.  Memories of cyclists swarming the streets and bikes piled high outside of every restaurant and bar will stay with me for some time.

The North American Handmade Bike Show moves every year, but if it’s anywhere east of the Mississippi, then I’ll be there.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 5:05 pm

    it was fun kicking it with you outside of the shop!

    found a glamour shot of the merckx chopper on prollys blog — http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4399093396_7c1e74af30_o_d.gif

    BEST IN SHOW 2010

  2. March 3, 2010 7:43 pm

    Wondering why Chapel Hill can’t host a bike-festival, and fill the streets and cafe entrances with piles of bikes. First, a bike-only parade, then leaving the barricades up, working with the city, giving tickets to cars that try to horn into the no-car zone, we keep the streets bike-only for an entire day or two of the festival. Section off a couple of blocks wide and a dozen long and call that the Chapel Hill Bike-only day Festival. We could easily do a loop of the bikes shops, with each holding a different bike competition, with a finale time-trial sprint race down the length of Franklin street to a Finish line at x and y.

    I’m looking forward to running a free bike taxi-service for the day, and hooking up my kids child carrier again.

    mike holland

  3. March 4, 2010 4:31 am

    I was also at the show this weekend. I posted 2 videos on my blog – one of the bikes from the show and one of Don Walker winning the Hell Yes Sprint/Beer Chug. The videos are at http://bicyclespokesman.com/north-american-handmade-bicycle-show-report/

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