The showcase for bike body builders and their craft continues a run of dangerous luck. However there’s hope on the horizon.
Organizers canceled this yr’s North American Handmade Bicycle Present (NAHBS) on July 20. The announcement upset practically a yr of anticipation for its post-pandemic return.
Major organizer Don Walker introduced the occasion’s cancellation Wednesday on the group’s Fb web page. Walker stated “an unexpectedly low variety of commitments” from exhibitors had led to the choice.
“Whereas this lack of help is disappointing, we perceive that exponentially rising prices, journey uncertainties, provide chain challenges and pandemic fears could have contributed to those enterprise choices,” Walker stated within the submit. “Regardless of the causes, we can’t escape the conclusion that this yr it’s commercially inconceivable to current the form of present that you’re used to and have come to anticipate from us.”
Organizers had scheduled the occasion for September 23-25 in Denver’s Nationwide Western Complicated. Its cancellation means that is the third consecutive yr with out the NAHBS. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the present from going down in 2020 and 2021.
Then Walker introduced in October of final yr that the present would lastly return in 2022 — now, sadly, to no avail.
2023 Brings New ‘MADE’ Present, NAHBS Return
Wanting forward, 2023 might lastly herald the triumphant return of handmade bicycle fervor. To help this phase of the trade, ECHOS Communications, an lively outside way of life public relations agency, informed GearJunkie it should launch a hand-crafted bicycle present known as “MADE” in Portland subsequent yr.
“ECHOS has had the pleasure of working straight with a myriad of builders and domestically produced biking merchandise over the past decade,” ECHOS vice chairman Billy Sinkford informed GearJunkie. “We’re honored and excited to start out this new journey to help and elevate the handmade group.”
No additional particulars on MADE have been launched, however GearJunkie has confirmed extra information to come back quickly.
In its final occasion in 2019, NAHBS included at the very least 18 awards for exhibitors, together with Finest Artisan Bike, Folks’s Alternative and, in fact, Finest In Present. When Walker canceled the occasion on Wednesday, exhibitors left over a dozen feedback expressing dismay on the flip of occasions.
Walker stated NAHBS will go on subsequent yr, with a promised return to Denver.
“We waited as lengthy we fairly might earlier than making this troublesome name in hopes that extra exhibitors would determine to attend. We plan to return to Denver in 2023 with a present designed for our quickly altering trade,” Walker wrote. “In case you are among the many exhibitors that dedicated to attend this yr’s present, you might have my deep appreciation and gratitude.”