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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!