DENVER, Colo. – A late influx of exhibitors registering after January 1 for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Presented by Shimano, at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, 22-24 February, has raised the prospect that the 2013 show will be the largest yet in the nine-year history of NAHBS.
With three weeks of booth sales remaining, 171 exhibitors have signed up. The previous exhibitor record is 174, set at the Austin, Texas, show in 2011. The attendance record is 8,100, set at Sacramento last year.
The eyes of the cycling world will be on Denver during NAHBS. The 7,000+ attendees expected to attend the show represents the tip of the iceberg for an event, considered the world leader in the handmade sector, which has a following in more than 100 countries.
2013 is the first time NAHBS, a traveling convention of bicycling's handmade manufacturers, has set up in Colorado and the statewide response has been unusually positive.
Three weeks in advance of the show, the contingent of home state exhibitors numbers 35, the highest ratio to resident population of any state the show has yet visited.
In Japan, too, interest has surged. Last year a Japanese reality TV show that airs nationwide featured NAHBS. Hidetomo Okoshi from the Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute harnessed the energy from this and encouraged Japanese builders and parts manufacturers to participate. His task was no doubt made even easier by the growing history of outstanding work on display at NAHBS by Cherubim's Shin-Ichi Konno. In total 16 Japanese builders are taking booths on the NAHBS show floor this year.
NAHBS founder and president Don Walker said, "I have wanted to take the show to Colorado for a long time. Denver is a top-tier city so prices are higher, but we took the risk and the industry has stepped up to support the show. It is inspiring to see the level of activity and interest in Colorado and Japan. And let's not forget that we have 15 New Builder tables this year; I believe this is a record too. And from what I have seen on the bicycles being posted on the NAHBS website, I think we are in for a record high year of design and build quality. NAHBS-goers are in for a treat. The handmade bicycle builders just never cease to impress me in so many ways."
Colorodo is ranked number four by the League of American Bicyclists in its Cycling Friendly States listing, and bicycles play a significant role in the state's economy.
WHO: North American Handmade Bicycle Show
WHAT: The world's finest and most advanced artisan bicycles
WHEN: 22-24 February, 2013
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St Denver, CO
WHY: A meeting point for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bicycles, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819.