The 2014 edition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show began on Friday March 14, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center, and the excitement for the 10th Anniversary of NAHBS was soon apparent. Exhibitors and visitors began warming up for what promises to be another popular showcase of the best of the vibrant handmade bicycle scene, just as the Carolina sunshine was taking away the previous night’s winter chill. The Oskar Blues Brewery booth grabbed the crowd’s attention every hour with craft beer sampling, and the NAHBS Awards judges, led by Red Kite Prayer’s Patrick Brady, could be seen hard at work.
NAHBS founder and show president Don Walker said, “NAHBS continues to evolve each year and part of that evolution means some of the exhibitors are launching new products, some are showing their latest ideas that they have applied to their usual products and some are exhibiting with us for the first time, so there is always something “new” at NAHBS. What some folks might enjoy is seeing the latest Stainless Steel tubing from Reynolds Technology from the U.K., while others would want to see more traditional commuter bikes from Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT) from New England and others might be excited to see the always popular show stoppers from Cherubim of Japan. Regardless of your taste, there is something that can excite cycling aficionados or even fans of fine art when they view the bicycle as a ride-able sculpture.”
Tobe Holmes of Charlotte Center City Partners commented, “This is the only event that attracts the world’s most talented bicycle builders to showcase their work and offer worthwhile seminars covering all elements of the craft. By bringing together such a broad spectrum of the cycling community, NAHBS will have a tremendously positive impact. It will build ties within the existing community and heighten the interests of the curious, not to mention the potential legacy as local frame builders and industry reps learn from the very best. As Charlotte strives to become to become a city of bikes, this event manages to bring us a bit closer to that goal while marking how far we’ve come.”
The 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show is open to the public and continues Saturday March 15th 10AM-6PM and Sunday March 16th 10AM-5PM at the Charlotte Convention Center. Registration is $22 at the door.