This Friday to Sunday the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is going on in downtown Sacramento at the convention center. If you are a lover of bicycles, particularly the art of fine frame building, it is worth your while to check out these masters of the art of making bicycles. You'll find everything from glorious traditional racing bikes to quirky concept bicycles and everything in between. Reno's very own famous framebuilder, Roland Della Santa, won best road racing bike a few years back.
I'm looking forward to a fun couple of days checking out the best in North American Bike Making. And I love the emphasis on small-scale craftpeople at the show. A quick quote from the NAHBS website illustrates this philosophy:
NAHBS is part of the small business bounce-back. With big businesses increasingly shipping jobs and the manufacturing sector overseas, the real heroes of the American economy are the small manufacturers. The steadily growing handmade bicycle industry is maximizing the national multiplier effect, the component of economic activity with most potential to reduce the national debt. North American bicycle frame builders are regarded as the world leaders in this craft, and NAHBS has inspired similar shows in Great Britain and in Continental Europe.Here are a few shots of a Della Santa highlighted at last year's show. Expect some updates here from the show on Saturday and Sunday.