Category: NAHBS 2010

NAHBS 2010 Richmond Virigina

Don Walker, organizer of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, announced the selection of the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA for the location of NAHBS 2010. The show will take place February 26 – 28, 2010. Richmond is the state capital of Virginia.

Champe Burnley, president of the Richmond Area Bicycling Association, is a big fan of custom bikes and is thrilled that the show is coming to his area for two years. Although Richmond doesn’t get the attention received by cities like Portland, OR; Davis, CA; or Boulder, CO, Burnley says Richmond has a strong cycling culture with a reasonable climate for bicycling for most of the year. Burnley also notes the large number of cyclists with a public university and three private universities along with two community colleges in the region.

In addition to a large number of cyclists riding on tallbikes and other frankenbike creations in Richmond, the area supports an active community bike shop, RVA Bike Polo, fixed gear hipsters, and enthusiast level road cycling.

Because two major bike touring routes intersect in Richmond, Burnley says his city has a constant stream of touring cyclists coming through on their loaded bikes. US Bicycle Route 1 runs the length of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, while U.S. Bicycle Route 76 — Adventure Cycling’s Transamerica Trail — passes nearby.

According to Burnley, weather in Richmond at the end of February is variable. It can be either gorgeous for riding bikes, or it might be perfect for staying indoors at a convention center. 🙂

Richmond — located 110 miles from Washington, DC; a nice road trip away from New York City and 400 miles from Greenville, SC — is within a day’s drive of half of the US population. Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train passes through Richmond’s Main Street train station with several trains from Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington. The Carolinian / Piedmont train with service to and from Charlotte, DC and New York stops at Richmond’s Staple Mills Road Station. Amtrak Silver Service Palmetto services Richmond Staple Mills Road from Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Charleston, DC and New York City.

NAHBS 2010 Location

Mum’s the word so far on the location of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in 2010. Show organizer Don Walker says he is considering several potential venues and will announce the show location in April.

Olive the dog believes that discussions with Mellow Johnny’s point to a show in Austin. Walker apparently is investigating potential venues in the downtown Austin area.

I’ve also heard that officials in San Jose, CA are considering enticements to return NAHBS to Silicon Valley. The San Jose city council adopted “Green Vision“, a 15 year plan to transform Silicon Valley into a world center of Clean Technology innovation, promote cutting-edge sustainable practices, and demonstrate that the goals of economic growth, environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility are inextricably linked. Leaders tasked to promote the Green Vision plan say they see bicycling as an essential part of that plan.

Some builders like the way the show has moved out of Silicon Valley over the past couple of years to become a roving consumer show. “We like the idea of NAHBS being in different markets each year,” said Tom Rodi of Parlee last year in Portland. “We have seen great growth in our business in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest so we like the moving format for a consumer show to open up whole swaths of the country to bikes that lots of riders have only maybe heard of and have maybe never seen in the flesh.”

Where do you think the next NAHBS should be? Should it return to Silicon Valley? Should it move south, perhaps to Austin? Does it need to move to the Northeast, perhaps to Boston, Philadelphia, or even New York City?