Time is ticking away. Each day is closer to the show and I feel like there is so much more that has to be done, yet not enough hours in the day. Just how I feel. Must be my headcold...
We are still seeking sponsorships. If you or some one you know would like to become a sponsor of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, please put them in touch with me. Loads of opportunities here for big-time exposure.
Our website, handmadebicycleshow.com has been revamped and you need to see it to believe it. Within the next few days, the builders will have pages of their own to upload their information and pictures. This site will be used as a "portal" for handmade bicycles. Our webmaster Kevin has done an truly amazing job! Shout out for Kevin!
As the "pre-registration" deadline approaches at midnight tonight, I anticipate that there will be a flurry of activity on folks signing up. The cost of boothspace will go up as of October 16th, making pre-registration a smart move for those taking advantage of it. Make sure your deposit is postmarked by midnight tonight, otherwise your booth will cost you more! (hint hint) Also, drop me an email to let me know you have sent in your deposit. Or call, but not after 10 PM CST. ( Thanks! )
This week was a great one as well. Lots of quality exhibitors signing up!
Our first is a name synonymous with quality componentry. We all know about Phil Wood and Co. and respect their quality hubs, BBs, grease, etc. We are looking forward to their involvement, as the show is right in their backyard, literally. As a side note, Brent is a huge Sharks fan ( I can tell he and I will become best friends fast) and is working on a "secret project" for the show. If he is successful, I will announce it as soon as we know and it will be a great thing!
We all know him through his efforts over the last "umpteen" years as a leader in lug design, Hank Folson and his company Henry James (and Monika, too) have committed to exhibit at the show. Hanks efforts to help make framebuilding easier can be shown in his offerings of jigs, tools, and lugs. He also stocks True Temper tubing for us independent guys. A great family owned Company!
Another jig and tool man as well as a framebuilder with great credentials, Joe Bringheli has committed to exhibit. Joe's many years as a builder has helped him in his quest for jigging made easy and his many tools for shop use are legendary. Joe also stocks Deda tubing and many lugs and small parts for little guys like us. Joe is also one of the nicest guys you could meet.
Tony Pereira has been building a bit more than 2 years in Salt Lake City, but has recently relocated to Portland, Oregon. He digs on 29ers and fillet brazed steel and has a good following for his frames. He informs me that "every now and again, I'll throw in a lug for good measure". While he admits his love affair with 29ers, he builds other styles as well.
I would personally like to welcome them all to the NAHBS!
I know some of you are still wondering about last weeks hush hush component maker... well, Phil Wood isn't the one, but we are a week closer to finding out who it is....
See you soon!