Preview: North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Indy

5th annual gathering of artisans is Feb. 27 - March 1

The burgeoning custom bicycle manufacturing scene is seeing a return to another hey-day, thanks to the efforts of Don Walker’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, now in its fifth year. 

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The popular consumer show began in Houston, Texas in 2005 and has made stops ins San Jose, California and Portland, Oregon before landing in Indianapolis, Indiana, right down the street from Zipp, makers of carbon wheels and components.

What began as a gathering of like-minded craftsmen, intent on showing the world that the art of handmade bicycles was not dead, has evolved into nothing short of a world-wide phenomenon. Lance Armstrong and comedian/actor Robin Williams attended last year’s show, with Armstrong buying the custom Naked commuter bike for his Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin, Texas.

The US$15,000 Naked commuter, now residing in Lance Armstrong's bike shop in Austin, Texas.
The us$15,000 naked commuter, now residing in lance armstrong’s bike shop in austin, texas.: the us$15,000 naked commuter, now residing in lance armstrong’s bike shop in austin, texas.
Gary Boulanger

Stay tuned over the next few days as our tech editor James Huang reports from Indianapolis, delivering juicy photos of delicious bicycles many deem too pretty to ride. The event is held at the Indianapolis Conventer Center, with show hours 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. 

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