Preview: The North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be Held in Salt Lake City March 10-12, 2017

Blaze Bicycles' Pierre Chastain building bikes to prepare for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain
Blaze Bicycles’ Pierre Chastain building bikes to prepare for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain

By Dave Iltis February 25, 2017 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is coming to Salt Lake City from March 10-12, 2017. The show highlights hand-crafted bicycles, accessory makers, and component suppliers for the artisan bike industry. The 13th Annual show began in 2005 in Houston.

The NAHBS is about the art of the bicycle, “Since 2005, NAHBS has been consistently dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It continues to aim to be a meeting point-online and in person-for frame builders and cycling enthusiasts, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819,” states the show’s website.

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Visit http://www.nahbs.com/purchase-tickets/ for tickets.
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Volunteer Opportunities too: http://www.nahbs.com/attendees/volunteer-opportunities/

 

We asked Pierre Chastain of Blaze Bicycles about his participation in the show, he said, “The chance to get together with this many talented craftspeople is really exciting. To see people that are actually making stuff is really unique.” Some of the builders have been around for 30-40 years producing refined designs noted Chastain, “I like seeing what they are doing, I like hanging out with them, I like challenging myself to produce better work.”

He is building several bikes to get ready for the show, including a fat bike, 29er, 27+, a gravel grinder, and a road bike for people to view. Chastain builds custom tig-welded titanium bikes, and paints or anodizes them himself. His work shop is located in Moab, and he’s also owner of the Bike Fiend, a retail store in Moab. He started building bike frames about 9 years ago. He’s a one man shop, and builds and designs his bikes from the bottom up. Chastain says,  “I’m here to provide you guys with bicycles. What makes custom bicycles so damn awesome isn’t the fact that they are bilaminate lugs or this way or that way is that they fit really well. And in my particular case I put focus on having a performance based modern bicycle.” Look for his booth at the show and find out more at blazebicycles.com.

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Over 170 exhibitors will be present, along with national and local bicycling media. Several Utah and Idaho companies will be present including Kelson, Salt Air, Moab’s Blaze Bicycles, EO Gear, Lizard Skins, Rock West Composites, Rotor, Mercury Wheels, Enve, Metier Velo, Reynolds, TRP, and more. Sklar from Montana will be there, as well as Breadwinner Cycles run by former Salt Lake City resident Tony Pereira and Tallerico Cycles run by former Moab resident Johnny Tallerico.

Calfee's bamboo cargo bike on display at the 2016 NAHBS. Photo by Billy Sinkford
Calfee’s bamboo cargo bike on display at the 2016 NAHBS. Photo by Billy Sinkford

In addition to booths and tables highlighting different custom bike builders, the show will have seminars on professional framebuilding, branding for framebuilders, tubing technology, BikeCad, 3D printing, handbuilt wheels, and showings of the movie “Cheetah, The Nelson Vails Story.”

The show is intended for consumers, bike lovers, the bicycle industry, framebuilders, and anyone that appreciates fine craftsmanship.

The show will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 W. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Show hours are from 10 am to 6 pm on March 10 and 11th, and from 10 am to 5 pm on March 12. Valet bike parking will be available from the Bicycle Collective.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.2017.handmadebicycleshow.com/  Tickets will also be available at the venue.

One of Blaze Bicycles frames tht will be on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain
One of Blaze Bicycles frames tht will be on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain
Blaze Bicycles - a fine tig weld on a titanium frame. See it at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain
Blaze Bicycles – a fine tig weld on a titanium frame. See it at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain

One of Blaze Bicycles frames tht will be on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain
One of Blaze Bicycles frames tht will be on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to be held from March 10-12, 2017 in Salt Lake City. Photo courtesy Pierre Chastain
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