The North American Handmade Bike Show will be in Sacramento this year at the end of February, from Friday the 26th to Sunday the 28th. If you are anywhere near Sacramento, are a cyclist of any kind, make plans to see this. It is, in a word, fantastic.
The Sacramento Convention Center will be filled with all things bicycle, and all handmade. Some of the tools that make parts and frames will be on display too. There are bike accessory makers all around, including clothing, hats, and all kinds of gear. Handmade, by the people standing there at their booth. It’s more than just a little interesting. Even if you don’t ride, the art of bikes, and the art of making bikes, is stunning.
The last time the NAHBS was in Sacramento was in 2012. If you want to encourage your child’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math, the much spoken about STEM component of school, you have to see this collection of bikes, artists, and makers. It encompasses all of STEM, plus art, in a very real world setting.
The people at the booths, and there are a lot of booths, are there because they made what ever is displayed in the booth. These are some extremely competent builders. Bikes aren’t just bikes, even the mass produced kind. The amount of science that goes into the designs is massive. The technological aspects, combined with the engineering to make it work, requires very bright minds. Along with that, the angles, the stresses, the strength of the materials, are all math based. Physics, materials science, and geometry just might play a part too.
On top of that, the bikes are simply works of art. From fantastical to very functional, these bikes are rolling examples of how function, form, and art work together with the STEM processes to produce bikes that will make you smile. You’ll see very futuristic bikes, along with memory jogging retro designs, and everything in- between.
Over the three days of the show, in addition to the all of the booths and gears, you’ll find a hearty menu of seminars covering a very wide variety of cycling subjects. Everything from Cycling and the Rules to the Business of Frame Building, along with insurance issues, bike fitting, and setting up a frame shop will be covered. Cyclists will also have an opportunity to join organized, and very friendly, rides each morning. You’ll have to get up early though. They start at 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8:15 a.m. on Sunday.
Exhibitors from the United States and Europe will be on hand. Have a question about bikes, any kind of bikes? This is the place to those questions answered. Find out what’s coming up in the world of bikes, and who’s going to be making it.
NAHBS rotates between cities each year. You’ll want to come to this, as the wait for a return could be a few years. Bring your camera and make sure you have plenty of space on your memory card. You’ll need it.