INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—The bicycle-friendly city of Austin, Texas, will see the largest assembly of handmade bicycle manufacturers in the modern history of the bicycle, February 25-27, at the seventh annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show, in the Austin Convention Center.
The previous show record was set in Portland, Oregon, with 150 exhibitors and 7,200 attendees. This year more than 160 exhibitors are expected.
Widely acknowledged as the world’s most significant handmade bicycle event, NAHBS is a showcase for artisans who practice the craft of bicycle design and precision manufacturing, which they combine at the level of a functional art form, according to a press release.
The founder and director of the roving annual bicycle show, Don Walker, said, "After all the hard work over the years it is rewarding to see the show continue to hit new highs. And being a former resident of Texas, I am deeply pleased to bring the show back here, to the state where it began. Six years later, there is not a bicycle show on the planet that matches NAHBS for sheer quality, and precious few shows of any type present such a smooth interface between art and engineering. This is the largest presentation of the best in the custom bicycles industry anywhere, period. In the cycling world, it's worldwide news. In Austin, we see great potential for this show to bring together the sporting, artistic, health, transport and engineering communities."
A total of 150 exhibitors from more than 20 U.S. states and four continents have already signed up for a booth at this year’s convention, and still more are expected. International exhibitors are traveling mainly from Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.