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Indy Frame Makers Galore, Bike Nerds Rejoice: MADE Show First Impressions

Made Bike Show first impressions Zidell YardPhoto c. R.Frazelle Zidell Yard, the perfect venue for The Made Show
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MADE Show’s goal was to shine the spotlight on the independent frame builders and the community and culture that encompasses them. For a few days, in a nearly 100 year-old barge manufacturing building right on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, the handmade industry gathered to show their amazing skillset.

Made Bike Show first impressions entrance
Photo c. R.Frazelle Zidell Yard, the perfect venue for The Made Show

This giant, rustic building seems haunted by the spirit of industrious ingenuity, where craftsmen used both machine and hand to build something special. It really felt like the perfect spot for the brands and builders to show off their skills, wares, and works of functional art.

Hi, My Name is Ron…

…and I’m a bike nerd.

Made Bike Show first impressions Tomii Cycles custom bells
Some of the amazing hand-hammered bells of the talented Tomii Cycles

This type of bike show is right up my alley, as I love the bicycle in all its forms and its culture. The amount of amazingly skilled builders that were on hand was impressive.

Some of my personal favorite small, independent brands were on hand as well, like Forager Cycles, Velo Orange, Paul Components, Breadwinner, King Cage, White Industries, Ultradynamico, Ron’s Bikes, and Pinebury, just to name a few.

Made Bike Show first impressions entry
Photo c. R.Frazelle

At this point, I’ve only attended one day, but man, I’ve got so much to show you guys already. So, for the next weeks, I will be sharing this experience with you and getting you the names of all of these talented frame builders along with photos of their work.

If You’re a Bike Nerd…

Then my MADE Show coverage will totally be your jam. I’ll be covering the frame details, and the builder’s specialties… and let me tell you, there’s some pretty crazy stuff to show you.

Made Bike Show first impressions Moots x Made

I loved the ‘vibe’ and venue of this show, hinting that “if you want to make something better, you can”. My initial walkthrough of the show gave me the urge to shop small, as I wanted to buy/support almost all of it.

Made Bike Show first impressions brooks booth

There is so much to see in the next two days, so I will continue to check all of the nooks and crannies for the good stuff.

Just stay tuned and get ready to nerd out!


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7 months ago

I’ve already been to the show, and should have said hi . Great venue, great (indie) exhibitors, great time, and now I can catch up on everything I missed. This certainly wasn’t NAHBS p/b SRAM,

Remember, Ron: “one at a time!”

7 months ago
Reply to  Champs

What was the issue with NAHBS, never attended but they got many of the top builders that are at MADE?

7 months ago

I didn’t realize that Andy Capp was a framebuilder.

7 months ago

Be sure to spend some time with Nick and team at Neuhaus. They are doing some really rad stuff.

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