2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
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** REGULAR REGISTRATION ENDS NOVEMBER 15TH **

The deadline to register for the 2015 NAHBS show without any late fees is fast approaching. Exhibitors must register by Saturday November 15th to secure regular pricing! The 2015 show is being held March 6th – 8th, 2015 in Louisville, KY.   Just click on the appropriate link below to register and you’ll be on your way to NAHBS 2015- the world’s largest show for custom-built bicycles!

Past Exhibitors: Register Here

10 x 10 Booths: Register Here

10 x 20 Booths: Register Here

20 x 20 Booths: Register Here

New Frame Builders: Register Here

First Time Exhibitors: Apply Here

Media Registration: Apply Here

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to NAHBS show staff directly. Contact information can be found here.

CURRENT EXHIBITORS!

 

Maximize your NAHBS investment with these tips:

    1. Take advantage of the NAHBS website! For 2015, we’ve made it much EASIER for exhibitors to create and edit your profiles, add bikes, pictures, and links to your work. Click here to view the Exhibitor User Guide & click here to login and update your Exhibitor Profile. (Note: The contact email you used to register for NAHBS received an email with your username and password for your Exhibitor Profile; check spam folders if you didn’t get it! If you can’t find it, please email Todd Heckeler:  todd@consumedesign.com.)

 

  • Get Social. The NAHBS Facebook page has over 12,000 Likes, translating to an average of 8,000 people in Weekly Reach. In fact, Facebook accounts for roughly 45% of the traffic to NAHBS website. Exhibitors who post generate great exposure on the NAHBS website & Facebook page, resulting in more brand exposure and clicks to their own websites. The best part? It takes just a few minutes to comment, like, or share something with the NAHBS community and get seen. Please join us on Facebook & Twitter!

 

  1. Promote, promote, promote. Don’t keep a great thing to yourself- it’s time to start talking up your brand & the upcoming NAHBS show. Spread the word on your social networks, blog, and community forums. What bikes are you taking? What’s your Booth #? Are you shooting for any NAHBS awards? What or who are you excited to see at this year’s show? If you want to display a NAHBS web button on your site, please email us and we’ll get it your way.

 

NAHBS WELCOMES CAMPAGNOLO AS 2015 SPONSOR

 

NAHBS is psyched to welcome Campagnolo as an Event Sponsor for the 2015 Show!

The company will once again host the Best Campagnolo-Equipped Bike category in the NAHBS Awards, and this year voting will be by an Awards Jury. (Note: It is not mandatory to purchase Campagnolo equipment from QBP to enter the Best Campanolo-Equipped Bike award category, and any year’s parts qualify. All parts in the groupset do not need to be Campagnolo, just most of them). To view the full Campagnolo press release, please click here.

 

Campagnolo is extending some awesome perks and incentives to all 2015 NAHBS exhibitors:

  • All frame builders can purchase Campagnolo groupsets at 20% below wholesale by Quality Bicycle Products, one of the underwriters of this sponsorship.
  • Builders are invited to display their Campagnolo equipped bicycles at the much larger Campagnolo booth during the 2015 show (Booth #231).

 

To enter the Campagnolo-sponsored Best Campanolo-Equipped Bike award category OR receive further information on any of the above,  please contact:

 

Mike McGary

mmcgary@qbp.com

952.941.9391 ext 1524

 

OR

 

Brad Crosby

bcrosby@qbp.com

952.941.9391 ext 1292

 

BUZZWORTHY BUILDERS AT NAHBS 2015

Every week leading up to the 2015 show, we’ll be interviewing a builder and sharing our Q & A with the NAHBS community.  This week’s VIB is a long-standing friend and regular exhibitor at NAHBS, Tim O’Donnell of Shamrock Styles.

 

Business Name:  Shamrock Cycles

Person Name: Tim O’Donnell

Title/Position: Owner and Master of all I survey

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Year Founded:  2006

# of Employees: One, including me.

Website:  www.lugoftheirish.com

Contact Info:  317.513.4358. ~ Tim@lugoftheirish.com

 

How long have you been building bikes/frames?

I started building frames in 2004 and after many many frames built I took a deposit for one in 2006.

 

How did you get your start?

I had been doing woodworking and metalworking for a while. I was also (and still am) an avid fan of old British motorcycles. So owning a Norton makes you a mechanic whether you want to be one or not. Along with that came open torch brazing skills. That lead nicely into framebuilding since I had been racing bikes for years. Building a frame seemed a nice convergence of a few passions. It became a business when I wasn’t paying attention.

 

When it comes to building, do you have any guiding principles or philosophies?  Do your level best. Treat people fairly. Deliver a good product.  Pretty common sense stuff.

 

What distinguishes you from other builders in your category?  It is hard, I mean really hard, to state I do something truly unique in the world of steel bicycle frame building. Everything has been done. Sure, I add a few items on a frame that makes it uniquely a Shamrock but that is because I enjoy the small touches.  Does that separate me from my peers?  Probably not. NAHBS is filled to the rafters with wonderful builders. That’s why I go every year.  To be pushed!  I do try to treat my customers well and to make sure they enjoy the process of having a frame built. It’s a lot of fun!  If you only have money invested in the frame you lose a big part of the whole picture. The journey is just as important as the destination.

 

What do you love – and what do you hate – about your job?

I love the interaction with my customers and working to bring their ideal bike to life. The worst part is the monotony and isolation that can grind on you.  But when things are working just right and the silver is flowing like water and the music is playing in the background it gives you an inner peace that few experiences can rival.

 

When you’re not building bikes, how do you spend your time? What little time there is left is spent sponsoring a cyclocross team, working on motorcycles, and hanging out with an incredible wife. It is really really good being me.

 

What is your business’ biggest challenge?

Growth at a reasonable pace. I had strong growth a couple years ago, which is great, but my quality of life took a toll. I decided to grow at a pace that was comfortable but I was still able to be a human being and enjoy the journey of life.

 

Onto NAHBS, what are you most looking forward to at the 2015 show?

The camaraderie and fellowship with other builders. We all speak the same language. We all know the thrill if the highs and the demoralizing lows that come with this very unique occupation. To be able to speak about this among peers over a few drinks is cathartic.

 

Any tips for NEW exhibitors/builders at NAHBS?

Be who you are. Build something you are proud of and that can be replicated as part of your business plan. Don’t build a one-off gee-gaw riddled bicycle shaped object only to discover you lost money on the endeavor. Do it the right way and seize the opportunity to speak with the builders that came before you. They are here at NAHBS so now is your chance. Ask questions. Then shut up and listen.

 

NAHBS 2015 is in Louisville, KY. What are you most excited about? Louisville is an amazing town. Every time I go there I could see myself living there. Approachable. Cosmopolitan. Just the right amount of southern laid back considering it isn’t a southern town.

 

You can find Tim at NAHBS 2015, Booth # 809/811.

 

HOST HOTEL: Galt House

Just seven miles from the airport, with 1,300 guest rooms and 650 suites, the Galt House offers the best in convenience, comfort, and hospitality. The hotel features 9 restaurants & lounges, 24-hour on-site deli, on-site UPS Business Center, and many other amenities.  Special NAHBS rates are below:

 

RIVUE TOWER – Deluxe Guestroom

Single $ 135.00 / Double $ 135.00 / Triple $ 145.00 / Quad   $ 155.00

 

SUITE TOWER – Executive Suite

Single $ 155.00 / Double $ 155.00 / Triple $ 165.00 / Quad $ 175.00

 

Other Galt House Links

Photo & Video Gallery: click here

For Hotel Reservations, click here

VOLUNTEER AT NAHBS

Snag a one-day pass to the show plus our souvenir limited-edition NAHBS Volunteer T-shirt when you sign up as a volunteer. More importantly, you’ll have the chance to meet other great volunteers, form new friendships, and have the satisfaction of knowing that thanks to you, this amazing show can keep happening each and every year!

 

To volunteer, please click here. Add “Volunteer Application” to your cart and follow the required steps to check out.  Thank you in advance!

 

ABOUT NAHBS

Established in 2005, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the largest and most widely accessible destination for frame builders to share their passion with cycling enthusiasts and supporters. It aims to be a meeting point – both online and in person- for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819. NAHBS moves from city to city each year. For more information on the 2015 show, please visit http://www.2015.handmadebicycleshow.com/

MEDIA CONTACT

Maria Hennessey, SMAK Strategies

303.859.3317

maria@smakstrategies.com

 
We look forward to seeing you in March!

 

Sincerely,

 

Don Walker

 

Don Walker,  Founder and President