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North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2011 – Updates

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We’re not going to lie…we really can’t wait for the 2011 NAHBS. Not only is it in Austin, but it’s a great way to kick of the year’s shows by getting a look at the craftsmen and women that pour their heart and soul into building bicycles. If you weren’t a regular reader back in February, just search “NAHBS 2010” (in quotes) in the search box on the upper right of our site and look with amazement upon the two-wheeled beauty that we captured in pixels.

If you’re headed that way next February, or you’re considering it, jump past the break for the latest news for exhibitors, a new category for bicycle designers and earlybird deals for those that just want to stroll the aisles slackjawed…

Online Registration Opens With New NAHBS Website
In case you have not visited recently, www.handmadebicyclehow.com has a new look and new content. You will find information for 2011: where to find the show and where to stay in Austin; but also historical features about the show, the original six builders, a listing of all NAHBS award winners; as well as full information for exhibitors. Let us know what you think!

If you need any persuasion about registering online, here are the prices:
1 day: $18 advance (includes $1 transaction fee), $22 at the door
2 days: $32 advance (includes $1 transaction fee), $40 at the door
3 days: $51 advance (includes $1 transaction fee), $58 at the door

New Builder Tables Increased at 2011 NAHBS
New Builder tables will be increased from 12 in 2010 to 20 in the 2011 NAHBS. The ramp-up follows the successful introduction of the New Builder concept at the 2010 show. Despite having high entry standards for frame builders who wish to exhibit at the show, NAHBS has a desire to help promote new builders as it has done with existing builders. The 2010 show pilot program garnered positive feedback from exhibitors, who appreciated that the years of foundation work they had completed was being respected by the show, and it was popular with customers who got a look at new talent coming into the industry.

NAHBS Admits Designers
As well as more new builders, the 2010 show will include up to five designers in a pilot program that show director Don Walker thinks will more accurately reflect the breadth of talent across the full spectrum of the handmade industry. “Designers that are using custom framebuilders are employing handmade industry labor and therefore bringing in additional revenue. All boats float on a rising tide. This is strictly a pilot program, it might or might not work so we’re testing it to see whether or not it is feasible.”

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