PORTLAND, ORE (BRAIN)—The Handmade Show might be heading to Indianapolis, Indiana next year, but Portland sure came up roses this year.
The Handmade Show was so well attended this year by Portlanders, the fire department had to drop by on Saturday because the Oregon Convention Center exhibit hall was at capacity. There were probably more bikes than cars being checked into the convention center parking garage.
Builders and manufacturers showed up in a huge way as well.
Chris King talked to BRAIN about getting back to his roots, unveiling a stainless steel road frame for the Portland masses. King reassured BRAIN this isn’t a “one-off.” Details and specifics on King frames being offered to consumers weren’t ready to be divulged just yet. You’ll just have to stay tuned.
Another company that knows a thing or two about sticking to its guns is L.H. Thomson. The Georgia-based company showed off for the first time a seatpost clamp. Due out in June, it seems to weigh about the same as a quality men’s wedding ring. Just some more CNC-machined brilliance from the masters. Should go for about $30.
The niches were out in full force as well. Shimano unveiled its 29er wheelset for the first time. White Brothers was highlighting its 650B fork. Vicious Cycles had out its 650B mountain bike, with owner Carl sporting a “27.5” pin on his shirt.
What else? Don Walker was again sporting the kilt with some formal wear above the waist. Raleigh's Reed Pike looked lost without his morning coffee early Friday morning at the Red Lion Hotel. Shimano’s Dustin Brady was badly in need of some sleep that very same morning at the Red Lion—and to think the show hadn’t even started yet.
What other place can you see industry icons Chris King and Richard Sachs cruising the aisles like kids in a candy shop?
Be sure to the read the March 1 Bicycle Retailer and Industry News for full coverage on this year’s Handmade Bike Show.