Press Release: INDIANAPOLIS–The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the world’s leading exhibition of custom built bicycles, is extending the registration deadline for exhibitors, and will break from tradition for the 2011 show by running a pilot program that allows bicycle designers to exhibit.
The deadline for open registration for exhibitors is extended from November 1 to November 19. The reason, says Don Walker, the show’s founder and director, is “We have had a flood of applications, and need time to process the paperwork, so we thought we’d keep open registration going until we’ve gotten through the administrative load.”
In the move to allow bicycle designers as well as builders, up to five designers will be admitted in the pilot program, and in order to admit these new exhibitors an additional category, Bicycle Designer, will be added to the show for 2011. All of the designers in the pilot scheme will have to conform to the following criteria:
-A designer may display one brand in their booth.
-This brand must be made by a current NAHBS exhibitor.
-The designer must carry product liability insurance.
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Don Walker said, “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.”
The reason bicycle designers have not previously been permitted into the show was the difficulty of ensuring the handmade integrity of the bicycles they design. But by requiring these designers to show only bicycles that are built by current-year NAHBS exhibitors this potential problem is avoided.
The world’s number one custom bicycles show, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show moves from city to city each year. In 2011 it is scheduled for February 25-27, in Austin, Texas. The show is dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a meeting point–both online and in person–for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. Since its first year in 2005, NAHBS has grown from a show with 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees, to 150 exhibitors and 7200 attendees. For more information, see www.handmadebicycleshow.com.